Valerie Bateman focuses her legal practice on matters related to employment law. Valerie seeks to help employers build teams composed of management, human resources, and legal advisors, to manage risk and improve productivity.
Valerie is an experienced attorney with more than 30 years of public service to the State of North Carolina representing multiple agencies and universities. 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, Valerie joined the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources as general counsel, where she helped to significantly revise the appeals process for State employees. In April 2015, she became an 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 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.