Attorney Valerie Bateman joined the Forrest Firm in an of counsel role in February of 2018. Ms. Bateman, a veteran attorney with more than 30 years of public service to the State of North Carolina representing multiple agencies and universities, focuses her legal practice on matters related to employment law. While working on employment law matters, Valerie seeks to build teams and optimize results at the intersection of management, human resources, and the law.
From 1987 to 2013, Valerie worked at the North Carolina’s Department of Justice, spending nearly 10 years as an assistant attorney general, followed by a 16-year stint as a special deputy attorney general. During her time at the DOJ, she focused her work on representing many different agencies and universities in primarily employment related matters, but also in general litigation and regulatory matters.
In 2013, Ms. Bateman joined the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources as general counsel, where she helped to significantly revise the appeals process for State employees. Since 2015, she served as assistant general counsel to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, an agency with 30,000 employees and a $3 billion budget. During her work as assistant general counsel, she focused almost exclusively on employment matters and reduced annual expenditures related to back pay and attorneys’ fees by more than 90%, from over a million dollars to less than one hundred thousand dollars in the first full year she was there.
Valerie Bateman earned her bachelor of arts in political science and economics (1983) and juris doctor (1986) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Bateman is licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina, where she is a member of the North Carolina Bar, and is admitted to practice in all three federal district courts in North Carolina and Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Valerie is involved in her church, Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, and currently volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem and on the Kappa Alpha Theta (Beta Rho-Duke) Facility Corporation Board. She has also volunteered in the past as a Girl Scout volunteer (20+years), a Red Cross volunteer, a Blue Ribbon Mentor, a Master Gardener, in her children’s schools, and for the Town of Chapel Hill, on the Inclusionary Zoning Task Force, the Personnel Appeals Board, and the Board of Adjustment.
Education (Valerie Bateman)
♦ J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
♦ B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983