Valerie has been in private practice since 1979, and as a sole practitioner since 1980. She has been active in the entertainment field since that time, forming a personal management company in 1981 for entertainment and sports personalities, for whom she remains an advisor.

Moving her practice to San Diego in 1984, she has concentrated her area of practice in the entertainment and intellectual property arenas, performing such services as negotiation and drafting of agreements in the music, film, television and publishing fields, as well as in the protection and licensing of trademark and copyright ownership.

Valerie has previous experience serving as an arbitrator for the Superior Courts of both Los Angeles and San Diego Counties.

Previously an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Redlands and a director of the Entertainment Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, Valerie is co-founder and a current Board of Directors member of the San Diego Entertainment and Sports Lawyers, a nonprofit corporation serving professionals and students in the legal and entertainment industries (

Memberships and Assocations

(Previous & Current)
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Section
San Diego County Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section
California Lawyers for the Arts
Independent Feature Project West
Writers Guild West Signatory
National Association of Female Executives
Who’s Who of American Women
Women’s Global Network; Board Member
San Diego Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Inc., Co-Founder & Board Member
For partial list of Film Credits


University High School Graduating Class of 1971
B.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976
J.D. from Whittier College School of Law, 1979


Born in Sutton Surrey, England, Valerie moved while still an infant with her family to Los Angeles, where she lived until moving to San Diego in 1984 and where she now resides in the North County area.


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