Valerie Alter is a special counsel in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Century City Office.
Areas of Practice
Valerie is a litigator and an appellate practitioner who represents clients in commercial litigation, high stakes probate litigation, and intellectual property and media law matters. She has successfully represented clients in contract disputes, trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty cases, First Amendment matters, right of publicity and privacy cases, and trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes. Valerie has extensive experience with anti-SLAPP motions.
Valerie appears in state and federal courts across the country and has advocated for her clients in more than 40 appellate matters. She leverages her broad procedural knowledge, both at the trial and appellate levels and drawing on her experience as a law clerk to the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to provide strategic vision and skill managing collaborative, cost-efficient litigation teams to provide positive results for her clients.
When she’s not practicing law, Valerie is active in her community. She is a Girl Scout troop leader and softball coach, active in her local public elementary school, and volunteers with an animal rescue organization.
Representative Experience Terminating In The Trial Court:
- Successfully represented Japanese entity in connection with claims for breach of contract, fraud, and promissory estoppel arising out of failed negotiations for a Japanese professional baseball contract.
- Represented charitable foundation in connection with trial related to capacity of donor thereto.
- Successfully represented trustee and resolved matter involving a trust contest and claims of elder abuse.
- Obtained partial summary judgment in favor of insurer on bad faith and other tort claims.
- Defeated motion for preliminary injunction, in part on procedural grounds, in a First Amendment case, leading to successful resolution of HRDC v. County of Los Angeles, No. 2:17-cv-04883-R-AS (C.D. Cal. 2017).
- Achieved summary judgment on trade secret claim. OFS v. LADWP et al, No. BC 589967 (LA. Sup. Ct. 2017).
- Advise municipal clients on First Amendment issues.
Representative Trial And Appellate Experience:
- Obtained affirmance of order decertifying a class based on lack of standing. NEI Contr. & Eng'g, Inc. v. Hanson Aggregates Pac. Sw., Inc., 926 F.3d 528 (9th Cir. 2019). Similarly obtained affirmance of denial of plaintiff’s request for attorneys’ fees in the same case. NEI Contr. & Eng'g, Inc. v. Hanson Aggregates Pac. Sw., Inc., 771 Fed. Appx. 451 (9th Cir. 2019).
- Successfully represented media client in connection with anti-SLAPP motion involving unsuccessful allegations of self-dealing in violation of California Government Code section 1090. San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et al., 13 Cal. App. 5th 76 (2017), petition for review dismissed (2019)
- Won summary judgement and prevailed on appeal in a contest of the trust of Douglas Tompkins, founder of The North Face and Esprit apparel companies. This judgment had the effect of preserving hundreds of millions of dollars for the creation and expansion of national parks in Chile and Argentina. Walker v. Ryker et al., 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6664 (CA Ct. App. 2018).
- Defeated privacy claims brought against media client arising from broadcast and prevailed on appeal. P.S. v. Scripps Media, Inc., 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2971 (CA Ct. App. 2017).
- Compelled arbitration in putative class action and later prevailed on appeal. Andermann v. Sprint Spectrum LP, 785 F. 3d 1157 (7th Cir. 2015).
- Secured summary judgment on trademark and unfair competition claims and prevailed on appeal. Webceleb, Inc. v. Proctor & Gamble, Co. et al., 554 Fed. Appx. 606 (9th Cir. 2014).
- Obtained affirmance of order denying motion for preliminary injunction that sought to enjoin broadcast of television show. Arenas v. Shed Media US, Inc., 462 Fed. Appx. 709 (9th Cir. 2011).
- Achieved total victory for entertainment client where lower court had granted in part and denied in part anti-SLAPP motion. Cammarata v. Bright Imperial, 2011 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 665 (Cal. Ct. App. 2011). Obtained affirmance of award of attorneys’ fees. Cammarata v. Bright Imperial, 2011 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3221 (Cal. Ct. App. 2011)
- Filed petition for review resulting in rejection of arbitrary and capricious action by federal government agency.
- Successfully represented trustee on appeal of a trial court’s denial of an anti-SLAPP motion in connection with a breach of trust case.
- Represented petitioners in trial court and on appeal in connection with contested orders in conservatorship case.
- Obtained writ relief in connection with erroneous denial of motion for summary judgment in qui tam case.
Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2009-2015
- BNA Insights, 09.10.2013
- Communications Lawyer, Volume 26, Number 3, 07.2009
- Media Law Resource Center, 12.2008
- Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2008
J.D., Stanford Law School, 2005, Order of the Coif, Editor-In Chief and Articles Editor, Stanford Technology Law Review
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002, highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Morehead Scholar
- Law clerk to the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California.
- Seventh and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals