Photography by Michelle De La Vara Photography 

VALERIE GONZALEZ, ESQ

OWNER AND PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY

When I became a single mom, I was a decade into my career as a Human Resources Professional refining processes and protecting Corporations from employee lawsuits. However, my life had drastically changed and I quickly realized the traditional 9-5 job was not going to work with my newfound responsibilities. I needed a profitable income, yet a flexible lifestyle so I could raise my daughter the way I wanted.

So, I went to law school with this goal in mind. I finished in the top of my class, passed the California Bar Exam on the first attempt, and opened San Gabriel Valley Law. SGVLAW, as we call it, is a modern law firm protecting Business Owners from devastating, door-closing, employee lawsuits while leveraging my prior career as an HR Business Partner to offer practical legal strategy.

Excellent in house legal counsel is something the large corporations utilize to protect themselves from bankrupting lawsuits. But, it’s not only for the large companies. And, because California is one of the most employee friendly states in the country, employers cannot afford to be without it. SGVLAW brings the power of excellent in house legal counsel to the average business owner. 

If you are a California business owner without the counsel of a savvy Employment Attorney, you risk losing everything you have worked for in one employee lawsuit. Call us and let’s safeguard your business from devastating lawsuit and help you regain peace of mind. (and perhaps even some time and freedom!)

I look forward to meeting you!

EDUCATION

  • Trinity Law School, Employment & Business Law, Juris Doctor
  • Biola University, B.A. Communication Studies

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California
  • Certified Mediator, CA Dispute Resolutions Program

 

 

IN THE COMMUNITY

Adjunct Professor, Trinity Law School, Masters of Legal Studies Human Resources

Volunteer Attorney, Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles

Education Coordinator, Top Producers Business Networking International

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Serving Various INDUSTRIES

Hospitality | Construction | Legal | Restaurants & Food Service | Human Resources | Corporate Headquarters | Education | Non-Profit | Therapist Private Practice | Accounting & Bookkeeping | IT | Law Firms | Financial

areas of practice

WAGE & HOUR | LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR | COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

EMPLOYEE RETENTION | MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISOR TRAINING

HIRING & RECRUITING | EMPLOYEE DISPUTES & INVESTIGATION

MEDIATION | HUMAN RESOURCES 

LEGAL COUNSELING & ADVISING | AUDIT & COMPLIANCE 

WORKPLACE SAFETY & CAL-OSHA | SEVERANCE AGREEMENTS

FMLA & ADA | BUSINESS REORGANIZATION | CONTRACTS

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELATED COMPLIANCE