Valerie grew up in Alabama and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her undergraduate studies, Valerie became interested in the study and practice of law. She went on to attend the Charlotte School of Law, where she served as the president of the Trial Advocacy Board and had the opportunity to try cases in front of attorneys and judges across the country. Valerie has furthered her experience in the practice of law through her work with the nationally recognized Cochran Firm; and she has gained perspective from the bench by clerking for a Mecklenburg County District Court judge. Aside from her work at Hunter & Hein, Valerie volunteers as an attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she serves clients in areas ranging from contract related issues to landlord/tenant disputes. She also serves as appointed counsel on the Mecklenburg County Indigent Defense List, and is a member of the NC State Bar and the Criminal Defense and Estate Planning sections of the Mecklenburg County Bar. Valerie has spent extensive time in the courtroom honing her litigation skills and has developed a deep rooted passion for her work. Valerie has also been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association for membership as one of the 2014 Top 100 Trial Lawyers and as a member of the 2014 Global Directory of Who's Who Among Women Lawyers. Valerie enjoys running, gardening, painting, drawing, knitting/crocheting and cooking. Valerie is the Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Highland Creek Business Association in Charlotte, NC.