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VaLiesha is able to proactively connect with her clients to understand their desired outcomes. Her clients receive well-communicated and thought out solutions that incorporate VaLiesha’s insights from previous experience in in-house positions.

Biography

VaLiesha’s practice focuses primarily on employment law, workplace investigations, and labor relations. Her work includes advising clients regarding discrimination, harassment, employee management, ADA, WLAD, FMLA, and issues such as workplace violence, drug & alcohol abuse, and workplace privacy. She is also a licensed Private Investigator. VaLiesha also strategizes with clients to resolve complex employee issues and on using mediation and coaching to avoid continued employee disputes. VaLiesha is experienced in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, responding to union grievances, negotiating separation agreements, managing workplace culture change initiatives, drafting workplace policies, counseling managers, and training employees on topics such as labor relations, performance management, and investigations fundamentals. She also has experience with the state Public Records Act and public utilities.

VaLiesha conducts workplace investigations on behalf of clients involving matters such as violations of workplace policies, discrimination and harassment based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religion, and other protected statuses, ethics and conflict of interest, theft and fraud, misuse of information, hostile work environment, workplace violence, bullying, retaliation, and whistleblower claims.

Prior to joining Ogden Murphy Wallace, VaLiesha worked as an advisor to the City of Seattle’s public utility departments and as an associate attorney with a business litigation law firm in Maryland. VaLiesha earned her law degree at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Directly following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Nalley (ret.), judge for Charles County Circuit Court. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

    • Washington State Bar Association
    • King County Bar Association
    • Association of Workplace Investigators
    • Maryland State Bar Association
    • J.D., Howard University School of Law, 2010
    • B.A., University of Washington Foster School of Business, 2007
    • Co-Presenter, “Energy Storage: Solutions to Meet the Critical Need for Energy Balance,” Western Energy Institute Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, September 2017
    • Prince George’s County Top 40 Under 40 in 2013