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Valerie Floyd Portner

Personal injury Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
    Maryland - MD 35 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Valerie

Learn Valerie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    I have helped enhance the firms recoveries in accident cases for the last twenty years.

  2. Personal injury
    I advise and provide strategy on all the firms larger personal injury cases in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

  3. Criminal defense
    I have helped DUI and criminal defense clients get a favorable outcome and avoid jail time.

  4. Workers compensation
    Countless Maryland workers compensation cases are reviewed by me prior to the hearings.

  5. Medical malpractice
    Each of the large medical malpractice recoveries of the firm are in some manner prepared or tweaked by me.

Valerie Portner has been an attorney licensed to practice in Maryland and Washington, D.C. since 1988.* She was recently selected into the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers organization.  She currently provides valuable input on all of the Firm’s larger personal injury cases.  In addition, she continually advises the Marketing Department, and assists with personnel management.  Since Valerie’s training came from the defense side, she often provides our personal injury attorneys insight to the insurance defense attorney’s arguments.

Valerie grew up and was educated in the Baltimore area. She graduated from Randallstown High School, and thereafter obtained an undergraduate degree  from The Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from the University of Maryland. Valerie initially gained experience clerking for Judge Robert Karwacki on the Maryland Court of Specials Appeals. Thereafter, she spent six years working for what was then Maryland’s largest law firm, Venable, Baetjer, and Howard. Next, she took an in-house legal position with The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County.

Working while raising three children lead her to decide to leave Johns Hopkins APL and join Portner & Shure. She remains active with the Firm and currently has a Top Superb 10.0 Rating with AVVO. Additionally, Valerie is involved with all of the education and sports endeavors of her children.  Two of her children are Division I athletes (Georgetown and Davidson).  Her oldest daughter will soon be attending the University of Maryland Law School, and is currently gaining valuable experience interning with the Philadelphia District Attorneys Office.

Without a doubt, Valerie’s input has enabled the Firm to grow and be more responsive to the needs of our clients. Her insight has been especially helpful in obtaining our multiple million dollar injury awards.   Truth be told, many of our cases have been tried and resulted in large awards, due to Valerie saying “just try the case and win.”


*Valerie works closely with both Kevin Ruby and Richard Shure who are both licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Portner & Shure, P.A.
7226 Lee DeForest Drive
Suite 101
Columbia, MD, 21046
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8229 Boone Boulevard
Suite 100
Vienna, VA, 22182
Portner & Shure, P.A.
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7310 Ritchie Highway Suite 409
Glen Burnie, MD, 21061
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5216 Chairmans Court
Suite 106
Frederick, MD, 21703
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9100 Arboretum Parkway
Suite 270
Richmond, VA, 23236
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45 N Main Street
Suite E
Bel Air, MD, 21014
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2730 University Blvd West
Suite 910
Wheaton, MD, 20902
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100 E. Main Street
Suite 503
Salisbury, MD, 21801
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Posted by Chris | February 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
This is the Firm you want for you PI case
Valerie Portner and her office exceeded my expectations. They were straight forward with me and handled my car accident claim as if it was their own. Staff was incredible helpful in all aspects of my case. Communication was fantastic. The end result brought closure to an unexpected and rather difficult period in my life. They genuinely seemed to care. I have recommended this group to all my family and friends. If you need an attorney for your car accident or personal injury, this is the office that you want.
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Posted by Jim | January 30, 2016
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Great experience after my car accident
I was seriously injured in a severe car accident last September. Her firm met with me and went above and beyond in helping me through the process, referring me to some outstanding specialists, handling my medical bills and handling all of the communications with the insurance companies. They even handled the paperwork to close out my auto loan on my car which was totaled in the accident. I'm confident that they wil get the maximum settlement for my family. Great firm, I would recommend them to anyone.
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Posted by Shonta | January 27, 2016
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Excellent lawyer. Successful outcome!
As a result of drinking and driving , I was involved in a very serious auto collision that totaled my car, and left me injured. Although the other car ran the light and hit me, I knew I would be blamed because I was under the influence. With no time to waste, I immediately began my search for an excellent lawyer. I wanted someone who was strong minded, and ready to fight for me. I went to about 4 attorneys before I found Mrs. Valerie Portner. I knew from the day of my initial consultation that I wanted to hire her. I could see she was very educated on the topic, optimistic, and honest. I was extremely impressed with her strategic preparations and the amount of time she spent working on my case. Mrs. Portner was very proactive and I could see that she really wanted to help me. She virtually did all the work besides my treating with the doctor. Mrs. Portner consistently kept me updated on my case, and I never once felt abandoned. I am very happy with the outcome of my case and I realized how having a savant lawyer makes a huge difference. Mrs portner really brought her A game to court, and she had endless evidence and facts to support our argument. Thanks to her hard work, a verdict was reached that allowed me a second chance. Thank you so much for helping me I will always recommend you, ive had my experience with attorneys and its about time I found the best one.
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Posted by SarahSadler | January 25, 2016
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Professional and Reliable
Mrs. Portner has handled several car accident cases for me and my family. She is very good at explaining the process. She always took my phone calls and believe me I called her alot. After I finished my treatment, she got me a great settlement. It was more than I imagined. Thank you Mrs. Portner for all your hard work!
Posted by Jessica | December 9, 2014
Excellent automobile lawyer!
Valerie represented me for a car accident case. Being a young driver I was really scared and uncertain about how the whole process worked. She was so knowledgeable about the courts, the legal process, and my options. She always eased my concerns and was constantly available. She obtained an excellent settlement. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing an automobile accident lawyer.
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Response from Valerie Portner December 10, 2014
Jessica, thank you. It was a pleasure working with you. I was very pleased with the favorable outcome we were able to achieve on your behalf. Stop by and say "hi" when you get back from school. Take Care.
Posted by Alexander | December 8, 2014
Excellent Car Accident Attorney
I hired Mrs. Portner to represent me after I was involved in an automobile accident. I was extremely pleased with how quickly she returned my calls and clarified everything I needed to know. Because of her dedication and hard work, my settlement far exceeded my expectations. I would recommend her to anyone who has been involved in an accident, Thank you again, Valerie.
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Response from Valerie Portner December 9, 2014
Alex, Thank you, it was a pleasure working with you on your accident claim. I am glad you were happy with the services I provided. Please do not hesitate to call me if you ever need anything in the future.
Posted by Carlos Fuentes | August 27, 2014
Carlos Fuentes
I was represented by Valerie Portner after being involved in an automobile accident. She answered all my questions and was really professional she also was able to obtain the best results at time of settlement .
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2014
Greatly Recommended
I was represented by Jon Portner and with the outstanding help of their counsel Valerie Portner the outcome of my criminal case couldn't have been better. I am really grateful for all of their help.
Posted by drummer4fi | February 12, 2014
Personal Injury Attorney Columbia Maryland
Val and the Portner & Shure litigation team represented me in my automobile accident case. The service and award exceeded all my expectations.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Portner & Shure, P.A.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Venable Baetjer & Howard
  • 1989 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Court Of Appeals Of Maryland
  • 1988 - 1989
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  • Unversity of MD Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Catonsville MD Car Accident Victim
  • $300,000.00
  • Gavino vs. Yi Duo
  • $115,000
  • Song Chen vs. Peter Pan Bus
  • $550,000.00


  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association - Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Workers Compensation Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Xiang
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Litigator Award
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • IGCS Platinum Seal
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (1)
Endorse Valerie
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Valerie is an excellent litigation attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Valerie is a fantastic attorney. She has a great mind for strategy, and attention to details in cases small and large."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Portner has extensive knowledge and experience in personal injury matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Valerie Portner for 15 years. She is my go to source on employment law issues and case referrals. She is extremely knowledgeable, level headed and particularly capable of connecting with clients with her easy manner. I highly recommend her."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Valerie over the last fifteen years. What a benefit she has been for our litigation department. We constantly obtain excellent jury and Judge awards. Many of these awards are a direct result of Val's input. Our clients, as our we, are truly fortunate to have a former lawyer at one of Maryland's largest firms looking over their cases."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Valerie is an excellent and brilliant advocate. She has provided guidance on most of our large personal injury cases. Without her help, the firm would not have recovered over $150 million during the last fifteen years."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Extremly bright, excellent writer and a Zealous advocate. One of Marylands best attorneys for sure."
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