Valerie successfully competed in several advocacy competitions as a student, and she remains active with the school’s trial program as a coach. Valerie also clerked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker in the Northern District of California.

Upon graduation from law school, Valerie was hired as an associate at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where she worked on a variety of complex class and collective actions. While at Orrick, Valerie also used her prior experience as a registered California lobbyist to assist clients with legislative and regulatory issues.

In 2013, she was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor limited to 2.5% of practicing attorneys under the age of 40. Valerie also remains active in the legal community, co-chairing continuing education courses geared towards young attorneys and maintaining active memberships with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Honors and Awards

  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society
  • National Medalist in Mock Trial and Parliamentary Debate

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Super Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco