We help workers experiencing illegal work situations -- such as wage theft, unequal pay, unsafe workplaces, retaliation, discrimination, and wrongful termination -- recover fair compensation, protect their professional reputations, and improve their workplaces.
We help victims suffering physical, emotional, and financial injuries caused by negligent or intentional wrongdoing. We provide the expertise and resources for clients to maximize compensation from defendants and insurance companies.
CLASS & WHISTLEBLOWER ACTIONS
We use the tools of class actions, whistleblower actions, and Private Attorney General actions to enforce laws protecting employees and consumers.
COMPLIANCE AND ADVISORY SERVICES
We counsel small businesses in compliance matters and undertake workplace investigations and advice-and-counsel retentions.
An honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University, Xinying Valerian represents employees, whistleblowers and other injured persons in seeking justice and protection of their civil rights. She has successfully represented workers across the economic spectrum in class and individual actions, recovering millions of dollars in wage, discrimination, and wrongful termination cases.
Xinying’s broad experience includes negotiating severance agreements for executives and white collar workers, litigating employment and consumer class actions, representing the media in First Amendment cases, and safeguarding the rights of low-income immigrant families.
Xinying is originally from Shanghai, China. As a first-generation immigrant who grew up in California, Xinying is committed to public service and fighting for equal opportunity and fair treatment for everyone in the workplace and marketplace. [Full Bio]
Dominic Valerian joined Valerian Law, PC in 2020 as an experienced civil litigator focusing on complex cases involving consumer and employee rights. In his career Dominic has successfully prosecuted false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, privacy, and wage and hour claims against companies big and small. Dominic has also handled high stakes personal injury, wrongful termination, commercial, and professional liability cases.
Dominic began his litigation career at a “Big Law” defense firm. Since 2009, he has focused on representing plaintiffs and has helped thousands of victims of unfair business practices obtain meaningful monetary and injunctive relief in class and mass actions. As a partner at Valerian Law, Dominic will continue to fight for justice for his clients.
Originally from Oakland, California, Dominic graduated from USC Gould School of Law and now lives in Berkeley. [Full Bio]
Richard Valerian is Of Counsel to the firm, contributing over four decades of experience and insight as a personal injury attorney. Richard has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials. For 37 years Richard worked as a claims litigation attorney for Farmers Insurance, where he he managed the San Francisco branch office, “Valerian, Patterson, and Stratman.” In recent years, Richard has developed an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice and, as a private mediator, he has helped many parties settle their disputes. He has also served as a settlement commissioner for the San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa Superior Courts and as a judge pro tem presiding over jury trials in Contra Costa Superior Court. Richard is an alumnus of Georgetown University and the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Helen Halldorsson is an Associate at Valerian Law. She has a strong background in advocacy work and is devoted to protecting the rights of others. Prior to joining Valerian Law, she worked as an immigration attorney representing a variety of clients, with a focus on asylum-seekers from Venezuela. She previously completed an international human rights law fellowship at a Bay Area non-profit, where she engaged in advocacy before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She also served as a law clerk at the Department of Homeland Security in the Chief Counsel’s Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As the daughter of two immigrant parents, she is incredibly passionate about advocating for the rights of those seeking fair and equal treatment in society.
Helen received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and is admitted to practice in Texas.
Associate (CA admission pending)
Alexis Villalobos is a Senior Legal Assistant. He is a graduate of Occidental College and is committed to advancing the rights of workers. Before joining Valerian Law, Alexis worked for SEIU Local 87 as a labor organizer and gained legal experience in other workers' rights and civil rights law firms. As a homegrown product of the East Bay, Alexis is dedicated to community advocacy and is pursuing a career in public service.
Senior Legal Assistant
Jace Perry is a Legal Assistant at Valerian Law. They graduated from Stanford University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Jace is committed to pursuing intersectional approaches to justice, with particular interest in transgender and disability rights. Their prior experience includes coordinating communications for two different campus community centers, interning at California Rural Legal Assistance, and working at an LGBTQ foundation.
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