With more than 25 years of experience, Valerie focuses her practice on employment law and human resources consulting to employers, administrative hearings, internal investigations, and representing executives. She offers clients the added advantage of having served both as an in-house human resources executive and as an employment law counselor.
As a former vice president of human resources and senior employment counsel at global technology companies, Valerie provides first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day employment law issues that companies face, as well as an appreciation for the practical impact of human resources decisions. In addition to developing and implementing human resource policies and procedures, she has supervised HR professionals responsible for recruitment, employee relations, compensation, payroll, benefits, HRIS, and training services. Valerie has a wide range of experience advising companies regarding the human resources including the impact of reduction in force events, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
As an outside employment law consultant, Valerie guides her clients through complex, constantly changing human resource regulations and represents clients in a range of employment law disputes. She has conducted independent internal investigations of workplace harassment and discrimination allegations, represented clients in EEOC and DFEH investigations and proceedings before the Labor Commissioner’s Office. Valerie has also developed an expertise representing executives in negotiating their employment and severance agreements.
Prior to joining Carr McClellan, Valerie served as Senior Employment Counsel for Nortel Networks as well as Vice President of Human Resources at @Road, Inc. (acquired by Trimble Navigation Ltd.), and Atmel Corporation.
- Employment law and human resources consulting to employers
- Administrative hearings
- Internal investigations
- Employment law disputes
- EEOC and DFEH investigations
- Labor Commissioner’s Office proceedings
- Executive employment and severance agreements
- SHRM-Certified Senior Professional in HR Management
- SHRM-Certified in International HR Management
- City of Palo Alto
Human Relations Commission, Former Commissioner