Vanessa O’Brien Beary
Senior Counsel

Vanessa brings to the RED Law team nearly twenty years’ experience as a litigator and employment law expert. Vanessa has practiced law with three major firms in the San Francisco Bay Area (Sedgwick, Selman Breitman, and Gordon Rees) and, more recently, with Adams & Reese in New Orleans. During that time, she worked on appellate and trial court litigation on a range of complex business issues, including employment discrimination and compensation matters.

Vanessa has represented companies in both state and federal courts and has both settled and litigated significant cases, including class action lawsuits for major, multinational corporations in state and federal courts. She chose to leave corporate practice to devote her considerable expertise to counseling and advising individuals on achieving their employment goals. She works with RED Law clients especially in negotiating exit agreements and resolving prelitigation disputes.

In addition to her work for RED Law, Vanessa also dedicates time to counseling Tulane law students on professional development issues with a focus on judicial clerkships and careers within the sports law industry. She also has five years of experience on the faculty and staff of the University of California at Hastings Law School, where she served both as a professor in the legal writing and moot court programs and as Associate Director for LLM Advising, counseling international and graduate students on career development.

A native of New Orleans, Vanessa earned her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and her J.D. from University of California at Hastings. At Hastings, she studied international and comparative law in the Netherlands and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Martin Jenkins in the Northern District of California. She is admitted to practice in California and Louisiana and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Vanessa is an avid cook, loves running, hanging out with her family, and rooting for the New Orleans Saints.