Vanessa Schiodtz joined Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group in 2018 where her work focuses on complex environmental contamination cases. Ms. Schiodtz was born in Sydney, Australia, but has called Washington State her home since 1980. She considers herself a true Seattleite and is a “double Husky”, having obtained both her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Washington.
Immediately following law school, Ms. Schiodtz began working with Spanish speaking clients who needed assistance navigating the legal system to recover from injuries and the effects of discrimination. Later, she applied her considerable client experience to a commercial litigation practice, where she represented retail and construction companies. Although the firm’s practice centered on business cases, Ms. Schiodtz continued to find her way back to assisting individuals injured by the negligence of corporations, settling a multi-million claim for wrongful death under the Federal Tort Claims Act and pursuing clients’ rights after negligent misdiagnoses of illnesses.
In 2011, Ms. Schiodtz followed her heart and switched the focus of her practice back solely to plaintiffs, opening her own firm, Schiodtz Law Offices. Ms. Schiodtz treasures learning the personal stories of her clients and considers it an honor to call many former clients her friends.
Throughout her childhood, Vanessa Schiodtz’s family heeded a deep and abiding call to help others. That spirit of giving fed Ms. Schiodtz’s desire to work with adults with disabilities. Beginning as a volunteer, Ms. Schiodtz now teaches both dance and art classes to adults with varying disabilities. When not practicing or teaching, Ms. Schiodtz participates in Latin ballroom competitions and creates various pieces of art in her home in Issaquah, Washington.
University of Washington School of Law, JD, 2001
University of Washington, BA, Psychology, 1996
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