Welcome to the Board: Marta Vanegas
Marta Vanegas has been practicing labor and employment law, business law, social security disability law, civil rights law, and pension rights in Walnut Creek since 2014. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Marta has called California home for the past two decades. Prior to entering private practice, Marta served as Deputy Legislative Counsel in Sacramento, drafting legislative proposals and providing counsel to legislators on labor, employment and business law issues.
Marta graduated in 1998 in Budapest, Hungary, earning a JD degree summa cum laude from the ELTE University of Budapest. She also earned an LL.M. degree in 1999, specializing in International Business Law from Central European University. After working for over eight years as an Intellectual Property Paralegal at two large San Francisco law firms, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP, and Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP, Marta returned to law school at Martin Luther King Hall (UC Davis School of Law). While there, she served as Senior Symposium Editor of the UC Davis Law Review and as Senior Articles Editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal. Marta was also active in several student organizations at King Hall: she was leader of the King Hall Intellectual Property Association and the Feminist Forum in her 2L and 3L years, respectively.
Throughout her engagement with the student organizations and journals, Marta learned the immense value that association work brings, not only to her networking skills, but also to her personal development. As a result, Marta has served and continues to serve on several CCCBA section boards. She was in leadership roles of several sections, including the Women’s Section, Barristers Section and Employment Law Section. Most recently, Marta served as Vice-President and President-Elect of the Business Law Section. Marta is a member of the Editorial Board for Contra Costa Lawyer magazine, a frequent contributor of articles, and guest-editor of the October 2020 issue on voting and political participation. Marta volunteers as Parliamentarian and Auditor for the Parent-Faculty Club of Clayton Valley Charter High School and as a Judge at the UC Davis School of Law Annual Intraschool Negotiations Competition.
Marta loves cooking for her husband of 20 years, Abel, and their two teenagers, Saarah and AJ. She will always be glad to share a recipe or kitchen hack with anyone who asks. An avid reader, Marta keeps herself fit by her daily yoga and meditation practice, dancing, and gardening.