Valerie is a corporate, mergers & acquisitions and intellectual property attorney. As an Associate Attorney with Trusted Counsel, Valerie advises various small- to mid-size companies, private equity investors, and Fortune 500 companies on commercial, corporate, employment, and business technology transactions with respect to drafting and negotiating commercial, employment, and technology agreements and transaction documents for purchase and sale transactions; as well as equity and debt financings. She also advises clients on business formations, including drafting operating and shareholder agreements.
Valerie has represented corporations and private equity funds in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and venture capital transactions. Her background includes experience assisting clients with commercial agreements; corporate due diligence; corporate governance; business formations; corporate dissolutions; and non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. She has also worked on legal issues around employee benefits and employer discrimination.
Valerie graduated from The University of South Carolina with a B.A., followed by a Master of International Business at The University of South Carolina. She earned her J.D. from Emory University.
J.D., 2002, Emory University (honors)
Master of International Business, 1998, University of South Carolina
B.A., 1986, University of South Carolina, (Magna cum Laude)
Professional & Business Affiliations:
State Bar of Georgia
Presentations, Publications, Etc.:
David Brown & Valerie Barton, Eleventh Circuit Survey Article: Securities Regulations, 56 Mercer L. Rev. 1341 (2005)
Thomas Wardell, R. William Ide & Valerie Barton, The Corporate Document Management Policy: Impact of The Supreme Court’s Reversal of Andersen, MLA Corporate Advisory (June 8, 2005)
David Balser & Valerie Barton, The “Daubert” Challenge, Commercial Litigation, Supplement to the Recorder (Oct. 2002)
Valerie Barton, Comment, Reconciling the Burden: Parental Liability for the Tortious Acts of Minors, 51 Emory L.J. 877 (2002)