Vanessa Cross


Los Angeles, CA 90001, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • International Law & Trade

Practice/Organization Description

International Business Law; Contract, Commercial, and Corporate Laws; International Bankruptcy and Insolvency Laws; U.S. Federal Laws and Procedure

Bar Admissions


• United States Court of International Trade (New York, USA)

• United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee

• United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Tennessee

• The courts of the State of Tennessee


• Master of Laws (LL.M.), International Business Law, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Graduated: July 2007)

• Juris Doctorate, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis (Graduated: May 2006)

• Law School Summer Study Abroad, St. Mary’s Institute on Global Legal Problems at Universität of Innsbruck, Austria (Completed: Summer 2004)

• Banking Coursework, Center for Banking and Financial Planning, Memphis (2003).

• B.A. in Journalism with a minor in English, Columbia College, Chicago (1994) 

Professional Associations & Memberships

• 2004-2009 Board Member, Association for Women Attorneys in Memphis, Tennessee

• 2008-2010 Board Member, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis

• 2008-09 Steering Committee Member, The Law School for Journalists, continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

• Other professional memberships: American Bar Association, Ben Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Memphis & Shelby County Council on Aging

Honors and Awards

CALI Award, International Business Transaction

CALI Award, Contract Drafting

CLEO Fellow, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law

2006-07 Fellow, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

2006 Dean's Distinguished Service Award, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis


• “Women on Boards”, American Bar Association Reporter – CLE material developed for 2007 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

• “Golden Beauty: The FSIA & The Gilded Battle for Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” by Vanessa Cross and Melissa R. Allen (The Griffin’s View Journal on International and Comparative Law, Vol. 7, No. 2, January 2007)

• “Commentt: Revisiting Wesley v. Collins & Tennessee’s Disenfranchisement Statute,” The University of Memphis Law Review (Volume 36, Book 2) 36 U. Mem. L. Rev. 543 (Winter 2006)

• “The Actual Notice Requirement to Estate Creditors in Probate Proceedings in Tennessee,” Tennessee Young Lawyer, published by Young Lawyers Division of Tennessee Bar Association, (Vol. 1, Issue 3, Spring 2006)

• “Case Note: Hunter v. Ura: Appealing a Grant of Excessive Peremptory Challenges in Tennessee,” Tennessee Journal of Practice and Procedure (Spring 2007)

• “Study Abroad Essay: Plan Your Trip and Get on the Plane,” American Bar Association's Student Lawyer Magazine, p. 70 (January 2005)

• "Past is Prologue: The IT Market & September 11th," by Vanessa Cross (KnowledgeStaff, 2002)

• An Anthology of Black Folks Wit, Wisdom, and Sayings, (Andrews & McMeel Publishing, 1994)

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