Valerie A. Fontaine

Valerie A. Fontaine

Valerie A. Fontaine earned her JD from UC Hastings College of Law and her BA, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, from UCLA. She was on the Editorial Board of COMM/ENT, a Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law. Valerie practiced law with a prominent Los Angeles law firm and entered the legal search profession in 1981. Valerie is a member the Board of Directors of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC) and serves on its Ethics Committee.

For many years, Valerie served on the Board of Governors and the Advisory Council of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA). She was UC Hastings’ 2002 Alumnus of the Year, is past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the UC Hastings Alumni Association, was honored as the 1998 L.A. Alumnus of the Year, was the first woman president of the UC Hastings Foundation and was a long-time member of its Board of Trustees. UC Hastings’ Clara Foltz Feminist Association honored Valerie with its Role Model Award.

Valerie is a frequent speaker on topics related to the legal marketplace and has published numerous articles in the national legal press, both in print and online. Her book, The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers, published by NALP (National Association of Law Placement), now is in its second edition.

Additionally, Valerie volunteers her time regularly with the Los Angeles Public Library and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). She also is President of her neighborhood association board.

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Guest Appearances
November 29, 2021

3 decades ago, legal headhunting required more time for fewer placements

Two female recruiters are featured in this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, which is looking at how legal recruiting has changed over the years, including an incredibly hot job market for 2021.

April 29, 2019

Where the Jobs Are: Hot careers for the Class of 2019

Valerie Fontaine of SeltzerFontaine speaks about potential slowdowns and how lawyers can be thinking ahead to recession-proof their practices.