Local attorney Vanessa Motta fights for her clients’ rights to recovery.
Before becoming an attorney, Vanessa Motta was a successful stunt woman in the entertainment industry for more than 11 years. After earning her undergraduate degree with a double major in dance and pre-law, she pursued a career in law. In 2015, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law and immediately began working with a well-known personal injury firm in New Orleans.
In 2017, Motta started her own personal injury practice, Motta Law, LLC, located in Kenner. “My goal is to help people feel better and get compensated for their pain,” she says. “By having my own practice, I can make sure my clients are treated as individuals instead of as a case file. My clients are like my family. I will do everything I can to make sure they are not taken advantage of.”
Successful in the practice of law due to her strong work ethic, personal approach and responsiveness to her clients, Motta has settled more than 100 personal injury cases to date. Primarily working with clients with personal injury claims, she is dedicated to helping those who cannot help themselves. “When you’ve experienced a serious injury, you need an attorney who will treat you with the sensitivity and respect you deserve,” she says.
Motta tells the story of her first client who remains her client today. It was a slip-and-fall case, where Motta’s client slipped on water left on the floor of a fast food restaurant. Her client’s fall resulted in a traumatic brain injury. “This client will always have a special place in my heart,” Motta says. “She is a great woman and through no fault of her own, she will never return to a normal life. Recently, she had surgery on her neck and there is still a long road to recovery. This is why I will continue to fight for my clients.”
When a person is seriously injured through a vehicle accident (automobiles, motorcycles or trucks) or a slip-and-fall incident, it is a life changing event, Motta explains. Besides having serious injuries that will often leave her clients unable to work and without a source of income, their medical bills are often overwhelming. “This can be an emotional, stressful time and very confusing,” she says. “We are here to guide our clients through the legal process, work out the details with their insurance companies and represent them in court if necessary. We also help them recover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages and whatever it takes to get them back to enjoying their lives.”
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Motta grew up in Miami, but her talents have taken her throughout the United States. She was offered a scholarship in dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts her senior year, and, after graduating, she toured professionally with Ballet Memphis. Returning to her home state to attend the University of Florida, Motta won an acting contest that earned her a trip to Los Angeles to audition. While in California, she completed her last year of college and began her work as a stunt woman.
It was when she moved to Louisiana to continue as a stunt woman in the booming Hollywood South that Motta decided to pursue her dream of practicing law. “I saw people getting hurt and I wanted a second career that would be good for me and my daughter,” she says. “Ever since the ninth grade, I have dreamed of being an attorney. It all started when we were having mock trials and reading the book, May it Please the Court. Those Supreme Court cases inspired me to want to make a difference. Now seeing people heal and become happy again is my biggest motivation.”
When not practicing law, Motta spends time with her daughter, Julia, and she enjoys her watching her favorite NFL team, the New England Patriots, and her favorite college team, the University of Florida. One of her favorite football memories was attending last year’s Super Bowl and watching her favorite team make a comeback for the win. She loves to take her daughter to the beach, to waterparks and to Disney World. “On top of all those activities, Julia is interested in acting, so watch out world,” Motta says.
Motta is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice. She has been admitted to the U.S. District Court, for the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana.
Bilingual in Spanish and English, Motta offers free consultations to her clients and explains that, in most cases, Motta Law, LLC covers all the up-front costs with no fees or reimbursement of costs due until there is a verdict or settlement of the case.
Vanessa Motta, Esq.
Motta Law, LLC
525 Clay St.
(504) 500-PAIN (7246)