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Vanessa A. Nadal

Fordham Adjucnt

Adjunct Professor of Law


Vanessa A. Nadal is an attorney and trained chemical engineer. She is adjunct faculty at Fordham University School of Law and is working on a publication about cosmetic law for the Fashion Law Institute. She has experience and interest in cosmetics, health, environmental, and intellectual property law.

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 Consumer Products Company. There, she developed and tested innovative technologies for skincare products. Drawing on her critical thinking skills and a desire to effect change, Ms. Nadal turned her sights to law.

Upon completing her J.D. at Fordham Law, Ms. Nadal was a litigation associate at a global law firm where she handled federal, state, and international disputes. She has experience in a variety of subjects, including health, intellectual property, and contract law, and the False Claims Act. During a brief relocation in London, she was a consultant for the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund.

Ms. Nadal is the co-creator and co-professor of Fordham Law’s first Cosmetics Regulation course, launched in 2019. The course covers the governmental, industrial, and societal regulation of cosmetics. 


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