Marisa B. Van Saanen

Marisa B. Van Saanen

Associate, Litigation


Marisa Van Saanen represents a broad range of clients in consumer financial services investigations, mass torts litigation and complex civil litigation. Among other clients, she has represented financial institutions, government contractors and pharmaceutical companies.

Ms. Van Saanen also is committed to pro bono service. Her pro bono experience at the firm includes serving on the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Supreme Court Committee; representing an indigent client in a landlord-tenant dispute through the law firm’s Housing Impact Project; contributing to Supreme Court briefs; and working on a voting rights action in federal court.

Prior to law school, Ms. Van Saanen worked at the World Bank, where she served as faith liaison, working with religious leaders and institutions all over the world on development and poverty issues. While at the World Bank, Ms. Van Saanen co-authored a book, titled Development and Faith: Where Mind, Heart, and Soul Work Together.

Ms. Van Saanen is active in her local community and has twice served on the Grants Advisory Group appointed by the Montgomery County (Maryland) County Council.



  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2010
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford, 2004
  • B.A., Wellesley College, 2001


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • Law Clerk, Hon. David F. Hamilton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2010-2011)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Beryl A. Howell, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2012-2013)

Marisa B. Van Saanen