Vanessa has been an associate at Zwaik, Gilbert and Associates for over ten years, though as the third generation of Zwaiks to practice immigration law, it can be argued that immigration law is in her DNA. Vanessa earned her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Albany and her Juris Doctorate with Brooklyn Law School. During law school career Vanessa worked in several different areas of law including with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and as a law clerk with Federal Judge Melanie Cyganowski of the Eastern District. Vanessa is a member of the New York and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, Supreme Court of New York, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Vanessa has been designated by Avvo.com in 2015 as “client recommended” and highly values her relationships with her clients. In addition, Vanessa often works alongside the Crime Victims Center in Suffolk County to provide pro bono representation to crime victims. Vanessa enjoys giving back to her local community and is an active member in her daughters’ school.
Vanessa practices all areas of immigration law but primarily focuses on family based immigration, VAWA cases, asylum/litigation and investment visas. Vanessa has two young children and works with the office semi-full time. Vanessa recently opened a West Babylon branch of the Zwaik firm and she primarily works out of that office.