Vanessa Mercurio Gildea

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Vanessa serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at WST.  She oversees all legal and compliance matters at the firm.  Vanessa has spent her career serving as General Counsel of public and private companies, with a practice focused on compliance, operations, organizational development, human resources and transactional matters for fast-paced, growth oriented, locally based companies with nation-wide presence. Vanessa was awarded the “Top 40 Under 40” award in 2019.  She is also the former chair of the American Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee, Franchising and SHRM Director of Legal Affairs.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Vanessa earned her B.A. in 2002 from Wagner College in New York and later earned her J.D. from William and Mary College of Law in 2005. Vanessa lives with her family in Virginia Beach and enjoys traveling the world and embracing new cultures with her young children.

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