Vanessa is an associate in our Boston office.

Vanessa A. Smith
P+1 617 648 9128

Vanessa works with the Corporate and Technology Groups, representing emerging growth companies and a number of leading venture capital firms. Vanessa specializes in licensing and commercialization of intellectual property assets and corporate matters for companies throughout their lifecycles including formation, corporate governance, venture financings and M&A activities.

Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Vanessa was Associate Counsel at Telerik, a venture-funded software company specializing in end-to-end software development tools. There, Vanessa was responsible for drafting and negotiating license agreements and commercial transactions, corporate governance and intellectual property matters, and working on Telerik’s acquisition by a large public company.

While at Northeastern University School of Law, Vanessa interned with the Honorable Leo T. Sorokin at the United States District Court (D. Mass). Vanessa also participated in Northeastern’s Community Business Clinic and was a guest lecturer to undergraduate business classes on intellectual property in the start-up context.


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Temple University, B.A., Biology, Religion, Spanish