Valerie A. Johnson

Adjunct Professor of Law
Partner, Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC

An honors graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Valerie Johnson is the co-editor of North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success at Every Stage of a Claim and edited a predecessor guide, The Essentials of North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law. She has been board certified in workers’ compensation law since the North Carolina State Bar introduced certification in the specialty area in 2000. Valerie serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and in 2013, Valerie was selected as chairperson of the organization’s Workers’ Compensation Committee.

Valerie has taught trial advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law each semester since 2003 and has taught workers’ compensation law at the Wake Forest University School of Law. She was admitted to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2011.

Before becoming an attorney, Valerie was a public school teacher. In 1994, Valerie joined Patterson Harkavy LLP, litigating cases in the areas of workers’ compensation, employment discrimination, personal injury, social security, and civil rights. In 2011, Valerie cofounded Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC. The firm has offices in Durham and Charlotte and practices in the areas of workers’ compensation law, personal injury, bicycle accident law, and the representation of crime victims.

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