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Bronx Workers’ Compensation and SSDI Attorney Vanessa Noel

Vanessa Noel

At O’Connor Law, associate attorney Vanessa Noel handles a variety of tasks related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims. She is responsible for client intake, preparing files, attending hearings, and answering questions clients may have about their cases. Above all, Vanessa is dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals who have suffered workplace injuries or illnesses that have left them disabled and unable to return to work.

Advocating for Immigrants, the Disabled and the Elderly

As the daughter of Haitian immigrants, Vanessa learned the importance of advocacy at an early age. Although her parents could speak and write English, they did not have a native-level proficiency. As a result, she grew up speaking on their behalf at the grocery store, bank or wherever they were struggling to communicate. Her life experiences made her realize she enjoyed being able to help people in an immediate way—whether by filling out paperwork, translating a document, or speaking up for those who could not speak for themselves. Vanessa always showed an interest in law. Even as a child her favorite television show was and still is The People’s Court.

Vanessa attended Seton Hall University, earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a double minor in sociology and Africana studies. After graduation, she began the JD program at Florida Coastal School of Law—completing her last years as a visiting student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. As a law student, Vanessa completed internships with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, Florida Coastal Immigrant Rights Clinic, and MFY Legal Services Division for Disability and Aging Rights.

Background in Working Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability

Despite being originally interested in immigration law, Vanessa takes great pride in using her skills to bring hope to O’Connor Law PLLC’s clients. She says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing clients who are facing severe hardships realize they finally have someone in their corner who can help them access the benefits they need to support themselves and their families.

Vanessa has been a part of the O’Connor Law PLLC team since 2013. She initially started as a legal assistant and was a paralegal before assuming her current role as an associate attorney. This range of experience has given her a broad understanding of how to best serve clients who are struggling with the effects of an on-the-job injury or a serious disability. She will happily pitch in wherever she’s needed—clients are often surprised when they call the office and Vanessa is the first to answer the phone!

Vanessa is fluent in Haitian Creole, making her well-equipped to serve New York’s Haitian immigrant population with their workers’ compensation and SSDI legal needs.

Life Outside of Legal Work

When she’s not busy working, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family. Her two young sons love to go to the park, bounce house, and amusement parks. On date nights, she likes to go to the movies, participate in Escape Games, and explore new restaurants with her husband.

Vanessa is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.—the largest African American women’s organization in the world. She’s participated in a number of charitable events with her sisters, including walks for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.


Our legal team has a detailed knowledge of New York workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law, including a unique perspective gained from our founder’s past experience serving as defense counsel for dozens of workers’ compensation insurance firms. You can rest easy knowing that we have the skills necessary to handle your claim.


Our firm’s reputation is unparalleled throughout the Big Apple. When you choose to work with us, you’re getting the benefit of respected representation from one of the leading workers’ compensation and Social Security disability firms in the state.


At O’Connor Law, we understand how vital our work is to your future. We’re committed to fighting for your right to benefits while providing you with the support you need to navigate this difficult time in your life. You will always feel like you are our top priority.


We’re compassionate and empathetic, but far from being a pushover. We’re an iron fist in a velvet glove and will aggressively advocate for your interests—even if that means litigation is necessary to protect your right to benefits.

Protecting New Yorkers is what we do.

Our Process

Discuss your case (for free)

  • Meet briefly to learn more
  • Discuss your injuries or disability
  • Determine if we can help

We file your claim

  • Pay nothing upfront
  • No fee until you win
  • Feel confident with a legal team in your corner

We deal with the insurance company

  • We respond to requests and negotiate on your behalf
  • If they don’t play ball, we fight it out in court

You get the outcome you deserve

  • Get the compensation you’re entitled to
  • Ditch the stress
  • Get back to normal and living your life
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