Donnelly Nelson Depolo
Murray & Efremsky
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Vanessa L. Efremsky


Walnut Creek, California
(925) 287-8181

Ms. Efremsky was born in Indiana and grew up in the Central Valley of California. She attended California State University, Fresno, where in 1992 she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science. She went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from the San Joaquin College of Law. A member of the State Bar of California since 1998, she is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, as well as all of the United States District Courts of California. Ms. Efremsky joined the firm in 2004 and primarily practices in the defense of physicians, nurses and other medical providers in medical malpractice cases. Ms. Efremsky has participated in trial advocacy programs through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), has prepared cases for jury trial and served as second chair during trial.

Ms. Efremsky prides herself on the ability to provide health professionals with individualized attention while diligently preparing a defense.  She works closely with each and every client to ensure that they understand the legal process and are exceedingly well prepared for the situation they are facing.  Ms. Efremsky’s approach and expertise give her clients piece of mind so that they can continue to live life and practice medicine.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Hospital Liability Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • California Medical Board Representation
  • Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California
    • Juris Doctor, 1997
  • California State University
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science, 1992
    • Major: Health Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
  • American Bar Association
  • The Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member
  • UCSF Mock Trial: participant to educate emergency medicine residents, 2016
  • Invited speaker at academic and community based hospitals on a variety of risk aversion topics
  • Contra Costa Mock Trial Volunteer, 2010 - Present
  • FDCC Ladder Down Program, selected participant 2017
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member

Our Office

Donnelly Nelson Depolo
Murray & Efremsky 
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

201 North Civic Drive
Suite 239
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-287-8181
Fax: 925-287-8188
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