Vanessa Jarvis, Esq.
Vanessa is an experienced trial attorney who has been representing clients at hearings, and in trials for 20 years. Vanessa has tried cases in state court, federal court, as well as before state agencies, including the Special Education Division of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Vanessa has represented parties on both sides of lawsuits, both the party bringing the lawsuit (the plaintiff) and the party being sued (the defendant). In fact, Vanessa began representing clients in hearings before she even obtained her license to practice law, as a certified law clerk assisting in cases before the then Department of Real Estate.
Over the years, Vanessa has honed her skills as a zealous advocate for her clients. She is skilled and experienced in all aspects of bringing lawsuits and claims, including the preparation of complaints, the filing of motions, taking depositions, and representing clients at trial. Vanessa is also experienced handling appeals.
But perhaps most important, Vanessa is an understanding and ethical person, who can help guide you through your legal issues.
Vanessa's entire career has been in the area of trial practice and litigation. Vanessa began her career at a real estate boutique firm in Southern California representing real estate brokers and salespersons before the California Bureau of Real Estate. Ms. Jarvis then moved to Northern California where she joined Ericksen Arbuthnot in its litigation department. As an insurance defense attorney she represented policy holders in all types of cases including personal injury, employment law, construction defect, professional liability, and toxic tort litigation. During the last few years at Ericksen's Oakland office, Vanessa specialized in asbestos defense, and managed the firms asbestos litigation department under William Hoback, Esq. Vanessa represented many large and well-known corporations such as B.F. Goodrich, Fairchild-Hiller, Moen, and Halliburton. Vanessa was among a select few attorneys representing Halliburton in Southern California in asbestos litigation.
Vanessa then returned to her Southern California and joined a prominent Santa Ana law firm where she represented Farmers Insurance in insurance bad faith actions. Vanessa also worked briefly for the Samuelson Gonzalez Valenzuela & Brown firm doing workers compensation defense and civil subrogration claims. It was a this point in approximately 2007 that Vanessa opened Jarvis Law Offices, and decided to devote her practice to exclusively individuals and consumers in primarily plaintiff filed actions.
ZEALOUS ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
After her own child began school, Vanessa began to learn about the perils of navigating the public school system with a child with special needs first-hand. Vanessa saw how local school officials fail to provide proper services to children, fail to qualify students who are entitled to services, and even misrepresent to parents the services they can offer students with special needs. Vanessa has seen how school districts and even charter schools give parents the “run around” to save money.
Around this same time, Vanessa accepted an offer to be "of counsel" to the Special Education Law Firm in Cerritos. While there, she was the attorney in charge of the litigation of all matters, including due process hearings, federal actions and appeals. Vanessa gained valuable experience at the Special Education Law Firm, handling over 50 request for due process actions, 12 due process hearings, and prosecuting approximately 15 federal actions and appeals.
Vanessa has experience in both defense and plaintiff side litigation, and has experience at every level of litigation. As a mother, she also understands what is it like to balance work and career, and how it feels to have a child who is not being treated fairly by schools. It is Vanessa's hope that she can put her legal and personal experience to good use by helping families and individuals in special education, employment and general litigation matters.