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Vanessa Simone

Austin attorney Vanessa Simone is one of the founders of Deitchle + Simone Law Firm PLLC. Vanessa’s main practice areas are Texas child welfare and family law, and U.S. immigration law. In particular, her practice focuses on CPS parental termination, divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, adoption, LGBTQ+ family law in Travis County, and family immigration. She also works with Deitchle+Simone co-founder Pam Deitchle on business and trademark cases.

Vanessa approaches her law practice with the philosophy that we are in this together. Child welfare, family and immigration law can be highly emotional and stressful. Vanessa is very experienced working with clients who are in high stress situations. She is committed to being not just a strong legal advocate, but also a calm and patient partner, during these times.

While on the journey to opening her own practice, Vanessa has always stuck to what she is passionate about: helping the most vulnerable members of society. She was an intern at the Office of the Attorney General Texas in the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Division, was an intake associate at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and, since becoming licensed, has continually provided pro bono services to immigration and family law clients. Vanessa has also worked at The Fetty Firm, PC., assisting on family, estate planning and probate matters.

A native Australian, Vanessa immigrated to the United States in 2017. Prior to entering the legal field, she had a lengthy career in the travel industry. Outside of her law practice, Vanessa enjoys the beach, surfing, hiking and the live music scene that Austin offers. One is never too old to be enjoying the ACL music festival! When not out and about, Vanessa loves spending time with her two fur babies, Poppy and Peppa.

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Education
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia, Bachelor of Laws
  • University of Texas, Austin, LL.M.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Texas Bar
Memberships and Organizations
  • State Bar of Texas – Family Law, Child Protection, LGBT Law, Immigration and Nationality Law, Women and the Law, Poverty Law
  • American Bar Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association – LGBT, Family Law and Court Appointed Family Attorney (CAFA) section
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Texas Bar College
Pro Bono Work
  • Immigration Justice Commission
  • American Gateways
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

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