Vanessa Canuto represents clients in a broad range of matters. She uses her experience as a law clerk to inform her approach to complex legal issues.

My Practices

  • Vanessa draws on her experience as a staff attorney in the U.S. Court of Appeals and a law clerk in the U.S. District Court to assist clients in all stages of litigation.

  • Vanessa advises clients of various sizes regarding employment and labor issues. She has experience in handling Title VII and ADA claims. 

  • Vanessa represents clients facing white-collar criminal charges and/or investigations by state or federal governmental agencies regarding various issues.



Law Clerk to the Honorable Joe L. Webster, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2022-2023

Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Staff Attorney’s Office, 2020-2022

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Christopher Brook, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2020


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2020, with honors; Note Editor, Published Staff Writer, First Amendment Law Review; Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award recipient

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2017, with distinction


North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina



Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

Member, University of North Carolina School of Law Alumni Clerkship Committee

  • 3
    3 years working for the Federal Judiciary
  • 7
    7 Tar Heel 10 Miler races completed
  • 13
    13 countries visited
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