Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson

Copeley Johnson & Groninger
  • Employment Law, Workers' Compensation
  • North Carolina
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Summary

Valerie A. Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987, and from the University's law school, with honors, in 1994. Before entering law school, Valerie was a public school teacher. Valerie joined Patterson Harkavy LLP after law school, litigating cases in the areas of workers' compensation, employment discrimination, personal injury, social security, and civil rights. In 2011, she started Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC with Leto Copeley and Ann Groninger.

Valerie has been board certified in workers' compensation law since the North Carolina State Bar introduced certification in the specialty area in 2000. She has taught trial advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law each semester since 2003. Valerie has taught workers' compensation law at Wake Forest University's School of Law.

Valerie has served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now North Carolina Advocates for Justice) and as a board member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO. She is the Vice Chair of the NCAJ's Workers' Compensation Executive Committee. Valerie chaired the North Carolina State Bar's Workers' Compensation Legal Specialization Committee for three years. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. In addition to workers' compensation, her current areas of practice also include labor and employment and social security disability.

Education
University of North Carolina School of Law
J.D. | Law
Honors: with honors
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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Professional Experience
Partner
Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC (http://cjglawfirm.com)
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Adjunct Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
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Trial Advocacy
Adjunct Professor of Law
Wake Forest University School of Law
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Workers' Compensation Law
Partner
Patterson Harkavy LLP
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Certifications
Board-Certified in Workers' Compensation Law
North Carolina State Bar
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
Member
Current
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Board of Directors; Member of Workers' Compensation Executive Committee
Current
Activities: (was North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)
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North Carolina State Bar
Chair, Workers' Compensation Legal Specialization Committee
Current
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National Academy of Social Insurance
Member
Current
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AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
Board Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Area
  • Social Security
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
300 Blackwell St.
Suite 101
Durham, NC 27701
USA
Telephone: (919) 240-4054
Fax: (919) 412-0421