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Valerie is known in her office as “the bulldog” for her persistence in pushing for the best outcome for clients.

She focuses her practice on all matters real estate law, including overseeing the acquisition, financing, development and sale of commercial properties, and providing counsel on accessibility and the Fair Housing Act. She loves working in a legal field where all parties can have a positive outcome, and she works to ensure that each transaction advances the client’s business.

Previously, Valerie served as in-house counsel to one of the largest multifamily developers in the country that developed, managed and sold luxury multifamily communities, retail developments and hotels across 24 states. The role gave her the opportunity to work with a variety of projects from groundbreaking to final sale, letting her dive into transactional challenges at all stages of property development.

The experience also gave her a solid understanding of the business priorities of property developers and other clients. As in-house counsel, Valerie needed to be as in tune to business concerns as she was to legal ones. She became especially skilled at finding creative solutions to design and entitlement barriers to keep projects on track and profitable.




  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Real Estate Law, 2021-2022
  • Wisconsin Legislative Commendation, 2021
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020


  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
    • Intellectual Property Law Review, Managing Editor
    • Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Negotiated acquisition, entitlements and public incentives package for $30+ million redevelopment of historic department store into 80-unit boutique hotel, utilizing historic tax credits (HTC), property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing and opportunity zone equity.
Outside the Office

Valerie is a dedicated trivia player, with a team that gathers each week and regularly enters trivia tournaments. She’s also a dog lover who enjoys jogging, visiting dog parks and generally spending time with her high-energy pitbull, Jax.

Community Leadership
  • Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic, volunteer attorney
Fair Housing Act

Valerie advises developers, construction companies and architects on compliance with the Fair Housing Act, and she represents clients who are the subject of FHA complaints. She worked extensively with the law’s regulations during her time as in-house counsel to a property developer and became deeply familiar with its requirements.

Valerie’s FHA counsel provides lifelong value to clients: developers are responsible for noncompliance in their buildings throughout the life of the building, and an FHA complaint can represent a cost of six figures or more.

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