Dominic Valerian is an experienced civil litigator focused on representing injured employees and consumers in complex cases. He has successfully prosecuted class and mass actions involving false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, privacy, and wage and hour claims. Dominic has also handled high stakes personal injury, wrongful termination, commercial, and professional liability cases.
Before joining Valerian Law in 2020, Dominic was a partner at Gallo LLP, a litigation boutique focused on prosecuting consumer class and mass actions. Dominic has played a key role in many of the firm’s significant cases, including Bottoni v. Sallie Mae, which eliminated an estimated $76 million in collection charges from the student loan obligations of some 40,000 Californians, a series of actions against for-profit culinary schools, which recovered tens of millions of dollars for students misled to believe they would become chefs, and various online privacy cases.
Dominic began his litigation career at the international law firm Dewey Ballantine (later Dewey & LeBoeuf) defending commercial and consumer cases. Dominic grew up in Oakland, graduated from UC Davis with honors and earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors team.
Dominic is admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
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