Elizabeth B. Valerio


Principal - Labor & Employment and School Law Departments


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Areas of practice
A principal of Deutsch Williams, Ms. Valerio focuses her practice on public and private sector management-side labor and employment law and school law.

Work for clients
Ms. Valerio has extensive experience representing cities, towns, school committees, local government agencies, and private employers in negotiations with their employee unions. She has represented management in both traditional and interest-based bargaining with unions representing police, fire, dispatch and other public safety personnel, employees of public works departments, custodians, clerical employees, teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals. Ms. Valerio advises employers regarding various labor and employment matters and on policy development and implementation. She reviews, revises, and drafts employee evaluation instruments, handbooks, and personnel manuals. Ms. Valerio regularly trains management personnel on subjects including collective bargaining, civil service law, social media, unlawful discrimination and harassment, and employee issues such as hiring, evaluation, discipline, and discharge. As a former school committee chairperson, Ms. Valerio is very familiar with the many challenges facing today's schools. She regularly trains new school committee members throughout Massachusetts on collective bargaining for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. She also works with school committees and school administrators in reviewing and drafting policies and student handbooks, and she advises school clients on student issues including discipline, accommodations, and bullying. Ms. Valerio has represented clients before state and federal agencies including the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Professional activities
Ms. Valerio is a founding-member and past president of the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and a former Co-chairperson of the Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee (2000-2001) of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She has also served as an executive board member of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

Personal/Community activities
Ms. Valerio has served on the Wrentham Personnel Board since 2001 including several years as its Chairperson. She was a member of the Wrentham School Committee from 1991 to 1997 and served as the Committee Chairperson for several years. Ms. Valerio has served on the Wrentham Town Government Study Committee.

Publications/Presentations/Awards
Ms. Valerio is a Chapter contributor to MCLE School Law in Massachusetts. She has also lectured on employee discipline, employee leaves, education law issues and labor issues including social media. She trains school committee members for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Ms. Valerio was honored to receive the Super Lawyer Award for 2005.

Education
Ms. Valerio holds a Bachelors Degree, cum laude, with Distinction in English from Boston University, a Masters Degree in English from Boston University Graduate School, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School.

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