Vanessa C. Richardson is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative claims and mergers and acquisitions litigation. She also conducts internal investigations for corporate clients and Special Committees, and advises on corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining Willkie in 2019, Vanessa was an associate at another international law firm.



  • The underwriting syndicate of Farfetch Ltd.’s 2018 IPO in securing a unanimous Second Circuit affirmance of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District’s dismissal of a shareholder class action.



New York University School of Law, J.D., 2013 American University, B.A., 2008

Bar Admissions

New York, 2014

Court Admissions

United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2015 United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2015


Strine Jr., Leo E., Delaware Court of Chancery, August 2013 - February 2014 Strine Jr., Leo E., Delaware Supreme Court, February 2014 - August 2014