Vanessa Durante


  • location icon Houston, TX
    24 Greenway Plaza
    Suite 1400
    Houston, TX 77046

Vanessa Durante is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law and Insurance Coverage Practices.

Vanessa represents U.S. and London-based insurance carriers in complex coverage matters and extra-contractual litigation. Vanessa advises carriers on coverage issues including loss allocation, long-tail liabilities, priority of coverage, and bad faith claims arising under CGL, D&O, pollution, and professional liability/E&O policies. Vanessa provides coverage advice regarding underlying third-party liability risks and litigates coverage disputes involving primary, excess, and umbrella insurance in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Vanessa earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her law degree from New York University (NYU).


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Texas
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers: "Ones to Watch" list, Insurance Law, 2022 and 2023


NYU School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2010

Cornell University

Bachelor of Arts in Government, 2007

Representative Matters

  • Won summary judgment for defendant insurance carrier in suit by oil refinery seeking to recover as an additional insured the $30 million SIR paid under its own insurance to settle underlying claims arising from fire at the refinery.
  • Won summary judgment in favor of defendant insurer on plaintiff insurer's claim for declaratory judgment on priority of coverage and duty to defend the plaintiff insurer's named insured in underlying state court action; also obtained summary judgment on breach of contract crossclaims asserted by co-defendant named insured.
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