Vanessa Waguespack Anseman
822 Harding Street
P.O. Box 52008
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503


Vanessa’s practice is predominantly litigation with a focus on energy matters. She also has experience in admiralty and maritime law, tort, and commercial litigation.

Vanessa has handled a wide variety of matters including products liability, labor and employment, insurance coverage, maritime personal injuries, offshore platform claims, contractual indemnity disputes, vessel collisions and other commercial disputes.

Vanessa graduated top of her class from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she was a member of the Louisiana Law Review as well as the Order of the Coif.



  • Women's Energy Network, Lafayette Program Director/Special Events
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation's Acadiana Community Partnership Panel – Member
  • Maritime Law Association – Member, 2004–2006
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association – Member
  • New Orleans Bar Association – Member, 2003–2006
  • John M. Duhé American Inn of Court – Member, 2006
  • Association of Women Attorneys – Member, 2004–2006


  • Young Leadership Council – Member, 2004–2006
  • Junior League of Lafayette – Member, 2008 – present


  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Oil and Gas Law, 2019–2020

Acadiana Profile Top Lawyer 2020



  • Determining Vessel Status in the Fifth Circuit
  • "Rideau v. Whitley: Lack of Evidence or Lack of Understanding?", 63 La. Law Rev. 157 (Fall 2002)


“Women in the Energy Transition,” Women’s Leadership Conference, March 18, 2022