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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States

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Vanessa Barsanti is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including multidistrict litigations, antitrust, and restructuring.

As the member of multiple winning trial teams, Vanessa’s experience extends to all stages of litigation, from drafting a complaint to post-trial briefing. She also has extensive experience in managing the discovery process for matters of all sizes, including managing collections, reviews and productions, organizing multi-track offensive and defensive written discovery, drafting successful discovery motions, and taking and defending depositions.

Vanessa works with clients to develop practical, efficient, and defensible discovery strategies, including developing and implementing custom technical workflows to support eDiscovery needs. She is well-versed in sophisticated document and data analysis, making her uniquely situated to assist her clients in addressing large-scale discovery issues.

Vanessa maintains an active pro bono practice, representing a wide array of individuals in need.


Women In eDiscovery


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2010
  • Texas Christian UniversityB.A., Religion & Political Sciencemagna cum laude2007

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > E-discovery

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is appreciated by peers and clients alike as it is ‘ very strong technically, thoroughly understands all things e-discovery, and is diligent, persistent and pays great attention to detail.’  Primarily advising on discovery strategy in the context of complex litigation, the firm also handles antitrust and regulatory responses, high-volume due diligence and data-intensive internal investigations. The ‘excellent’ Michelle Six chairs the firm’s electronic discovery committee from New York, and assists with data loss and records retention issues, in addition to challenges posed by emerging technologies. Vanessa Barsanti returned to the firm’s Chicago office from Redgrave LLP in January 2021, having departed six months earlier. Of counsel Amber Whipkey arrived in Washington DC from WilmerHale in May 2021.