Vanessa Sava Nickerson

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Associate Attorney at Law
Parker, Colorado

Vanessa Nickerson is an aggressive and experienced litigation attorney who specializes in criminal defense and family law. Vanessa began her legal career as a Deputy Public Defender at the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, and previously served as an Associate Attorney for a private Denver-based law firm that specialized in criminal defense and immigration law. She later founded her own solo criminal defense practice prior to joining Susan Fuller & Associates, P.C.

Vanessa has extensive trial experience and exceptional negotiations skills. She has handled a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony criminal matters as well as high asset divorces and high conflict custody cases. She has successfully represented a diverse range of family law clients, private business owners, clients whose cases involve complicated custody issues, concerns related to domestic and child abuse, as well as mental health issues, and has handled myriad cases involving complex civil and criminal litigation. She has been recognized as a 2017 Top 10 Attorney for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in the field of criminal defense.

Vanessa's prior legal experience includes representation of felony and misdemeanor criminal clients, whose charges include, but have not been limited to, felony and misdemeanor sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, menacing, domestic violence, driving under the influence, drug offenses, weapons offenses and traffic offenses, in a wide variety of jurisdictions through the State of Colorado.

Vanessa graduated cum laude after earning her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of the Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of Arizona. Her previous non-legal employment includes positions as an Editorial Intern with The Atlantic Magazine, a Staff Writer for the Bedford Gazette, and a as Workplace Giving Employee with the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross.

Vanessa graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2013. During law school, she served as President of the Virginia Innocence Project Student Group, was a member of the Virginia Innocence Project Clinic and Criminal Defense Clinic, participated in the University of Virginia's Trial Advocacy College, received multiple Public Interest Law Association grants, and was a Public Service Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. During her time at the Virginia School of Law, Vanessa received numerous distinctions for pro bono and public service commitment. Vanessa's prior legal internships include positions with the Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office, the City of Alexandria Public Defender Office, and the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Virginia.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 50% Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2013


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Phildelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. cum laude - 2005
    • Major: Creative Nonfiction Writing

Honors and Awards

  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional
  • Outstanding Client Service 2017, Colorado

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Denver Bar Association, 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar , 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, 2013 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • The Law Office of Vanessa S. Nickerson, L.L.C., Attorney at Law, 2016 - 2017


  • English
  • French