Vanessa L. Ford


An associate in Dickinson Wright’s Toronto office, Vanessa Ford has a broad litigation practice, which includes corporate and commercial litigation, real property disputes, and general contractual disputes. While at law school, Vanessa worked as a caseworker in the Tenant Division of the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, a Writing Leader in the Legal Writing Academy, and a Research Assistant with the University of Ottawa's Centre for Law, Technology and Society.

Before law school, Vanessa worked in the advertising and manufacturing industries, where she developed strategies and campaigns for multinational brands and oversaw the operations of a manufacturing facility.

Vanessa’s combined educational and business experiences give her the ability to bring a legal, practical, and strategic approach when assisting clients.

Education & Credentials


University of Ottawa

J.D., 2021
Dean's Honor List

Ontario College of Art and Design University


Bar Admission

  • Ontario


  • 2021 McCarthy Tétrault LLP Technology Law Award

Prominent Assignments

Assisted the owner of office buildings in a successful appeal to keep parking rates manageable.

Community Involvement

Toronto Wildlife Centre 

New Orleans Habitat for Humanity 


  • "Parenting in the Shadow of Corporate Surveillance: Education Technology and Children’s Privacy in a Pandemic Age,” Jane Bailey & Vanessa Ford in Parenting/Internet/Kids: Domesticating Technologies (Demeter Press, 2022)
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