Valerie I. Holder

Valerie I. Holder

As part of her practice, Valerie regularly defends major financial institutions in state and federal actions involving bankruptcy-related claims, claims asserted under various federal and state statutes, including the Truth-in-Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and state debt collection, foreclosure, and unfair trade practices statutes.  Valerie also defends and advises maritime companies with issues involving the Jones Act, casualty response and investigations, vessel attachments and arrests, commercial disputes, third-party personal injury claims, and damage claims.  In addition, Valerie has a robust general civil litigation practice, which includes appellate practice, securities litigation, and defending employers in cases for wrongful termination, harassment, breach of contract, bonus claims, and related causes of action.  Valerie also has a strong commitment in promoting efficiency in the workplace and providing her clients with tailored technology-forward solutions to meet their specific needs.


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law (2010 – cum laude)
  • B.A. (political science and communication), University of Washington (2006)

Bar Memberships/Admissions

  • Washington (2010)
  • Oregon (2016)
  • Alaska (2019)
  • California (2019)
  • All Washington and Oregon courts

Examples of cases in which Valerie was lead counsel or played a significant role include:

  • Jury verdict in mortgage banking litigation after a 12-day jury trial.
  • Award in judicial foreclosure litigation following a bench trial.
  • Numerous dispositive motions granted in favor of major financial institutions.
  • Favorable rulings from the Washington Courts of Appeals following briefing and argument.


  • Foreclosure Process: “Debt Collection” Under FDCPA? (April 30, 2014), USFN
  • Selected to Washington Women’s Edition Rising Star List (Thomson Reuters) (2019) (a designation limited to 2.5% of attorneys in a geographic region)
  • Selected to Washington Rising Star List (Thomson Reuters) (2013–2019) (a designation limited to 2.5% of attorneys in a geographic region)