Valerie K. Ferrier

Valerie K. Ferrier

Senior Associate / New York City

Valerie Ferrier concentrates her legal practice on the advice and representation of management in issues related to employment law. 

Valerie's employment law experience includes defending claims brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the New York Labor Law. Prior to joining FordHarrison, Valerie served as a senior associate for a New York-based corporate defense firm. Earlier in her career, she worked for nearly eight years in the in-house law department of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, ultimately attaining the position of Executive Agency Counsel. In this role, Valerie defended the agency against a host of cases involving claims of civil rights violations, employment discrimination, disability discrimination, and insurance claims. She handled all aspects of the defense of these cases including jury trials and appeals.  

Representative Experience
  • Recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of a chain of auto dealerships in a case alleging failure to pay overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its state law analog. The court agreed that that the plaintiff was statutorily exempt under the "partsman's exemption," as a matter of law.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a governmental entity in an employment matter alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for failure to accommodate the plaintiff's disability. After three years of litigation, the day before the plaintiff's opposition to the motion for summary judgment was due, plaintiff's counsel sought to withdraw from the case on the grounds that they had no reasonable basis to oppose the motion. 
  • Won motion to dismiss on behalf of a nightclub in a case alleging gender discrimination in violation of Title VII and state and city analogs. Even under the broader rubric afforded City law claims, the judge found that not only did the pleadings fail to state a claim under the federal and state law, but that the City claims failed as well.
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