Vanessa Di Feo is a commercial litigation associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Vanessa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Johanne Gauthier of the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal. 

Vanessa also maintains a pro bono practice, volunteering in family court and providing free legal services as part of the VOLS Incarcerated Mothers Law Project.


Thought Leadership


Author, "CM Callow v Zollinger, Reconceptualized through the tort of Negligent Misrepresentation," 27 Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform 103, 2022

Author, "You've Got to Have (Good) Faith: Good Faith's Trajectory in Anglo-Canadian Contract Law Post-Wastech and the Potential for a Duty to Renegotiate," 45 Dalhousie LJ 1, 2022

Author, "Bhasin v Hrynew's Hollow Legacy: Lost in Legal Transplantation?“ CanLII Authors Program, 2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2023, New York
  • 2022, Ontario, Canada


  • English
  • French
  • Italian


  • McGill UniversityB.C.L./J.D.2020

    Dean's Honor List, Top 6%

    Elizabeth L. Thomson International Experience Award

    Managing Editor, McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution

    Editor-in-Chief, Contours: Voices of Women in Law

  • University of TorontoLL.M., Business Law2021

    Highest Standing

    Graduate Fellow

    CIBPA Foundation Merit Scholarship

    Senior Editor, Critical Analysis of Law: International and Interdisciplinary Law Review

  • Laurentian UniversityB.A., Theater Arts (Performance & History Concentrations)magna cum laude2015

    Graduating Student Recognition Award

    Dean's List

    Fouriezos Prize for Highest Standing in Fine Arts Programs