Vanessa Arslanian

Vanessa A. Arslanian


  • 617-557-9738
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Vanessa A. Arslanian


  • 617-557-9738
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Vanessa Arslanian concentrates her practice in government and nonprofit law and in complex business and land use litigation. She litigates in courts throughout the Commonwealth and represents clients in a variety of government-facing matters. She also counsels candidates for public office and political advocacy organizations on political and election law, including federal and state campaign finance law and government ethics compliance. Most recently, she served as counsel to the 2021 Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Vanessa maintains an active pro bono practice representing government officials and prominent nonprofits in appellate and amicus curiae briefing covering a variety of topics including the First, Second, and Eighth Amendments, and represents housing-insecure individuals on a pro bono basis. She also volunteers her time on election and voting rights matters, including recent work on the Detroit voter protection team for the 2020 Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Michigan.

Before joining Hemenway & Barnes, Vanessa practiced for several years at a large Boston firm, where she represented individuals and companies in criminal and civil government investigations brought by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, complex business litigation, and in highly technical intellectual property disputes. During law school, Vanessa served as a legal intern in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.

Vanessa currently serves as the Associate Liaison to the Firm’s Associates Committee.

Representative Matters

  • Defended investment adviser in investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and in response to several follow-on state securities regulator inquiries, as well as in related civil litigation.
  • Counseled congressional campaigns, Super PACs, and consultants in federal and state campaign finance law, election law, and ethics compliance.
  • Defended medical professional in licensure disciplinary proceedings before the Department of Public Health, resulting in dismissal of complaint.
  • Represented company in internal investigation related to former employee’s embezzlement and investigation conducted by the Department of Justice.
  • Defended college president in internal investigation into alleged misconduct.
  • Defended executive of a public health care company in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice involving fraud, internal controls over financial reporting, corporate governance, and FCPA issues.*
  • Defended individual employees of a financial services firm in defense of a securities fraud investigation brought by the Department of Justice.*

*Matters handled prior to joining Hemenway & Barnes


Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star List

Activities and Publications

  • Member, Boston Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Steering Committee (2019-2020, 2020-2021)
  • Member of the Women's White Collar Defense Association, Boston Chapter
  • Panelist, “Nuts and Bolts of SEC Enforcement,” Boston Bar Association’s White Collar Practice Series (Dec. 11, 2020)
  • Panelist, “Nuts and Bolts of Joint Defense Agreements,” Boston Bar Association’s White Collar Practice Series (May 7, 2019)

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston
  • Past President, Wellesley College Class of 2009 (2014-2019)

Vanessa Arslanian’s Comment on Dispute Resolution

“When our clients come to us in the litigation context, they entrust us with some of their most sensitive business and personal matters. It is my job not only to provide competent legal counsel, but to ensure our clients know that I treat their questions and challenges as seriously as they do. I pride myself on being highly responsive, and on bringing empathy and careful listening to the table in any discussion with clients, opposing counsel, or the government. A nuanced understanding of interests on all sides is critical to achieving the best resolution for our clients.”


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