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InterActive Legal Welcomes Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D.

InterActive Legal proudly announces that Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D. has joined the company to further the development of their legal innovations.

Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D.

Melbourne, FL
June 05, 2013

InterActive Legal proudly announces that Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D. has joined the company to further the development of their legal innovations. Vanessa comes with exemplary credentials, having graduated from Cornell Law School with honors, and is licensed to practice in the states of New York and Kansas.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School, Magna Cum Laude, where she was an Editor for the International Law Journal from 2005-2006, and a Teaching Assistant for Terrorism and the Law in 2006. Additionally, she proudly served as a Legal Intern in the City Attorney’s Office in Ithaca, New York during the Summer of 2004. In 2011, Vanessa received an Advanced Professional Certificate from New York University School of Law.

Previously, Vanessa attended Wichita State University and graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Music. An accomplished flutist, Vanessa was very involved with the school’s Concert Band. She also served a term as President of the Wichita State University Philosophy Society.

Following law school, Vanessa practiced in New York for several years before returning to her home town of Wichita, Kansas. Before joining InterActive Legal, Vanessa was an associate attorney in the estate planning and probate practice group at Hinkle Law Firm, LLC, located in Wichita, Kansas. Previously, she was with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, and then Moses & Singer, LLP, both located in New York, New York.

She is the co-author of LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2040 (Vanessa Kanaga and Austin Bramwell on PLR 201243004, December 2012), and The Section 2519 Portability Solution (Trust & Estates, June 2012.)

Vanessa currently resides in Kansas with her husband, Mark, who is also an attorney. They enjoy spending time with their son, Wesley, and relaxing with their cat, Cordelia. Vanessa also loves to cook, go for runs, watch movies and attend wine-tastings in her spare time.

Michael L. Graham, CEO, shared, "Vanessa is an intellectually creative trust and estate attorney who will be an integral part of the company’s Content Development team." We welcome Vanessa and are confident that she will play a key role in providing and implementing quality solutions for InterActive Legal Subscribers.

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