Valerie was raised in Carver, Massachusetts. She attended Carver Middle/High School and enrolled at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2011. In 2015 she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and minors in Law and Society and Holocaust and Genocide Studies. While at Clark Valerie served three years as the Captain of a victorious Mock Trial Team and was awarded the Outstanding Witness Award. During her free time, Valerie worked in University Advancement, was the student supervisor of the Clark Fund, and the chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee. During the Summer of 2014, Valerie participated in Birthright Armenia where she lived with a host family and volunteered at two non-profits in Yerevan. Valerie values philanthropy and giving back to the communities she is a part of.
Valerie attended Suffolk University Law School. While at Suffolk, Valerie was awarded the Trustee Academic Scholarship and achieved Dean’s List Honor’s. Valerie participated in multiple organizations while at Suffolk including the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Women’s Law Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Valerie also served as the president of Suffolk’s Child and Family Law Association.
While at Suffolk, Valerie gained varied legal work experience. She interned in three district attorney’s offices in Worcester, Plymouth, and Norfolk’s Juvenile Court. After her first year of law school, Valerie recognized her interest in and aptitude for tort litigation and subsequently worked as a law clerk at several Plaintiff’s personal injury and civil litigation firms.
Valerie joined Orlando & Associates as a law clerk in February 2018 and worked part time while finishing law school. In May 2018, Valerie graduated from Suffolk University Law School. After passing the July 2018 Bar Exam, Valerie became an associate Attorney. In November 2018 Valerie became licensed to practice as an attorney in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Valerie has a passion for helping people and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve justice. When she isn’t working, Valerie enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching stand-up comedy with her husband, Chris.
Valerie can be reached at Vmontoya@orlandoassociates.com