Nadal is a graduate of Hunter College High School, where she was friends with Miranda. She attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she graduated in 2004 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a graduate of Fordham Law School (2010). She clerked after law school. 
Before law school, Nadal worked for 3 years as a R&D scientist. 
At Jones Day, her practice includes a wide variety of subject matters, including breach of contract, healthcare and pharmaceutical matters, intellectual property, environmental litigation, enforcement proceedings, civil RICO litigation, and Fair Credit Reporting Act matters. Vanessa has experience in pre-trial electronic, manual, and cross-border discovery, motion practice, witness and trial preparation, and mediation. She also has experience in cross-border litigation, trials before foreign tribunals, and international commercial and treaty-based arbitration related to Latin American parties, events, or proceedings in the following countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. 
At the wedding reception, Miranda, along with the bridal party, presented a group rendition of the Fiddler on the Roof song "To Life". The video was posted on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than five million times.