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Overview

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 real estate law, overseeing the acquisition, development and sale of multifamily residential 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 a property company that developed, managed and sold luxury multifamily communities in 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.


Industry

Education

  • 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

Admissions

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division
  • Momentum Milwaukee
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.