Born on in Oslo, Norway, Vanessa has been considered a Texan by affiliation since the age of 2. She joined the firm in 2002 and practices in Tax Law, Probate Law, Estate Planning, Business Organization and Business Planning. 

Education

  • BA - Rhodes College in Memphis, TN - 1999
  • JD - South Texas College of Law - 2002

Professional Experience

  • Judicial Intern to United States Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Summer 2001 – January 2002.
  • Richard C. Shanks, P.C. - April 30, 2003
  • Shanks and Earley, L.L.P. - May 1 2003 – December 31, 2004
  • The Shanks Law Firm - January 1, 2005 – January 1, 2017
  • Shanks & Hauser, L.L.P. - January 2, 2017 - Present

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas - Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association - Probate, Trusts & Estates Section
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • Houston Estate and Financial Forum
  • Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association
  • Attorneys in Tax and Probate

Admitted to Practice in the following Jurisdictions

  • State Bar of Texas - 2003
  • U.S. Tax Court - 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas - 2004

Community Activities

  • The Womens' Home
  • The Junior League of Houston

Hobbies

  • Collecting Antiques
  • Walking

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