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Vanessa A. Nadal


Adjunct Professor of Law


Vanessa A. Nadal is an attorney and trained chemical engineer. She is adjunct faculty at Fordham University School of Law.

Ms. Nadal is co-creator and co-professor of the first course on U.S. Cosmetics Regulation, which was launched in 2019 and covers the governmental, industrial, and societal regulation of how to make and sell cosmetics. She has written a chapter on cosmetics regulations for a nutshell on fashion law from the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School (coming in 2022).

After earning her B.S. in chemical engineering at MIT, Ms. Nadal began her professional career as a research and development scientist at Johnson & Johnson. There, she developed and tested innovative technologies for skincare products. Drawing on her critical thinking skills, Ms. Nadal turned her sights to law.

Upon completing her J.D. at Fordham Law, Ms. Nadal was a litigation associate at Jones Day, where she worked on federal, state and international disputes. She has experience in a variety of subjects, including FDA, FTC and CRA law, intellectual property and contract law, and the False Claims Act.



Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D., 2010

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICADE, Madrid, Spain, J.D. study abroad, 2009

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, B.S., chemical engineering, 2004


  • State of New York Appellate Division, First Department
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York Professional & Community Involvement

Organizations and Committees

  • Member, Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, The City of New York, 2018 – 2021