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Vanessa Palacio is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on equine law, intellectual property, bet-the-company, technology, and life sciences matters. She has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2019-2021) and The Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” (2021-2022). She has deep experience in virtually all aspects of litigation on complex, high-stakes, cross-border cases involving diverse issues, including at the trial, appellate, and domestic and international post-judgment phases. Vanessa also handles matters related to commercial and civil litigation, as well as business, internet, and domain name disputes.

Vanessa has first and second-chaired trials in a wide range of cases, and knows the importance of tailoring litigation strategies to suit individual clients and circumstances. She has prepared fact and expert witnesses for deposition and trial, and has taken and defended numerous depositions. Vanessa has also researched, drafted, and argued motions in state and federal court, negotiated and drafted settlement agreements, and handled mediations and arbitrations.

Capabilities

Experience

  • First chaired trial in breach of contract case between former business partners concerning multiple real estate holdings.°
  • Represented watch and jewelry store and first chaired trial in breach of contract case with complex issues involving valuation.°
  • Represented jewelry retailer and first chaired hearings, obtaining emergency temporary injunction and later permanent injunctive relief to protect client’s business.°
  • Represented luxury jewelry and specialty retailer in private arbitration proceedings related to construction defect at store location.°
  • Represented historic watch and jewelry company in adversary proceeding against former counsel arising from legal malpractice and botched bankruptcy.°
  • Represented client in cross-border intellectual property dispute involving iconic packaging for alcohol brand.°
  • Represented party in a malpractice case arising from ten-figure litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 28 U.S.C. 1605 and researched and drafted response to Petition for Writ of Certiorari regarding attorney disqualification, resulting in a favorable outcome for client.°
  • Represented a trustee in multijurisdictional proceedings supplementary related to a $100 million settlement.°
  • Second chaired a six-figure trial against the government related to breach of contract and productivity damages in a construction case.°
  • Second chaired an arbitration related to enforcement of a settlement agreement concerning over $30 million in assets.°
  • Represented client in a real estate, land use, and development dispute against the government, researching and drafting initial appellate and reply briefs regarding sanctions, resulting in a favorable outcome for client and reversal of lower court’s decision.°
  • Represented a client in a contract and real estate dispute, researching and drafting initial appellate and reply briefs, and resulting in a favorable outcome for client and reversal of lower court’s decision.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Palacio prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

  • Miami-Dade County, 2013-2015
    • Special Projects Administrator, 2015
    • Legislative Aide, Office of Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, 2013-2015
  • Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, 2011 and 2012
    • Certified Legal Intern, Felony Division, 2012
    • Certified Legal Intern, Juvenile Division, 2011
  • Intern, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Appellate Advocacy Clinic, 2011
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Antonio Arzola, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, 2009 and 2010-2011

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Commercial Litigation, 2021-2022
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2019-2021
  • Member, Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Federalist Society, 2009-Present
  • Member, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, 2009-Present

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., Biology, University of Miami, 2009
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Languages
  • Spanish, Native
  • French, Conversational