Valerie Kellner has over 20 years of experience in handling product liability, premises liability and construction litigation, including catastrophic injuries and death cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1997 and was awarded Top Ten Oralist at the Hunter Moot Court Competition. Upon graduating law school, Valerie served as a law clerk with the Honorable Rosemary K. Reavey and the Honorable George Nicola in Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County in the civil division. She is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of New Jersey, the state courts of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.
Valerie is a member of the invitation only Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). She was the Program Co-Chair for the 16th Annual FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium on October 4-6, 2020. She also serves on the Membership Committee and was a faculty member for the FDCC Deposition Boot Camp.
Valerie is also a member o the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA).
Valerie also served as the Chairperson for the Products Liability Committee of TIPS (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section) of the American Bar Association as well as the Public Relations Committee. Valerie also served on the CLE Board and Long Range Planning Committee.
She also acts as a Judge Pro Term as well as an Arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She is also a member of the Temple Inn of Court.
Clerk, Honorable Rosemary K. Reavey, New Jersey Superior Court, New Brunswick, NJ
Clerk, Honorable George Nicola, New Jersey Superior Court, New Brunswick, NJ
Presentations and Publications:
Moderator, FDCC FedLife Committee’s Webinar, A Fireside Chat with Valerie Kellner and Lisa Smith, author of A Girl Walks Out of a Bar, November 18, 2020
Moderator, “At the Corner of Technology and Humanity: Artificial Intelligence in Insurance” FDCC (Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel) 16th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, October 6, 2020
Moderator, FDCC FedLife Committee’s Webinar, A Fireside Chat with Valerie Kellner and Eilene Zimmerman, author of Smacked, September 17, 2020
Author, Pennsylvania, Class Action—Federal Court Denies Class Certification, Rawle’s Reports, Volume 24, Number 2, February 2020
Moderator, “Cybersecurity Risks and Legal Exposures for the Company: Coverage Concerns and Government Involvement When a Breach Occurs” FDCC (Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel) 15th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, September 17, 2018
Presenter, Faculty Member, FDCC Deposition Boot Camp in Chicago, IL on June 12 and 13, 2017
Presenter, “A Day in the Life of an Attorney Discussion” at the American Heritage School, Delray Beach, FL, May 16, 2014
Presenter, UIC College-Prep, Chicago, IL as part of ABA TIPS Education Awareness Project, February 7, 2014
Moderator, Second Responders: Experts from Fire Investigation to Daubert, ABA TIPS Spring Meeting, May 18, 2012
Presenter, Update of Product Liability Law in Pennsylvania, 14th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Institute, April 17, 2012
Moderator, Perspective on Exposures, Responsibility Theories and Culpability Apportionment, American Bar Association National Conference for Emerging Issues in Premises Liability Litigation, November 2009
Author, Recent State Court Trends Regarding Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses, TIPS Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2008
Author, Arbitration Clauses, Rawle’s Report, Volume 13, Issue 3
Rutgers University School of Law, (J.D. 1997)
Top Ten Oralist, Hunter Moot Court Competition
Rutgers University, (B.A. 1994)
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
Temple American Inn of Court
Chairperson for the ABA TIPS Public Relations Committee (2015-2017)
Vice-Chairperson for the ABA TIPS Trial Techniques Committee (2013-current)
Vice-Chairperson of the ABA TIPS CLE Board (2012 to 2013)
Vice-Chairperson of the Long Range Planning Committee (2012-current)
Chairperson for the ABA TIPS Section Products Liability Committee (2011-2012)
Chair Elect for the ABA TIPS Section Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee (2010-2011)
Vice-Chair for the ABA TIPS Section Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee (2008-2010)
Newsletter Chairperson for ABA TIPS Section Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee (2009-2010)