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Valerie A. Johnson

Workers compensation Attorney at Durham, NC

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1994
    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. Workers compensation
    NC workers' compensation is my specialty, I am board certified in workers' comp and represent injured NC workers in Durham NC and Charlotte NC and around the state. If you were injured at work, or developed an occupational disease, call me. Our initial discussion is free and consultation. I can help.

  2. Litigation
    We go to court when we need to -- and I teach law students at UNC how to try cases in court. I have litigated employment and personal injury cases. If you need someone to prove your serious case, call me.

  3. Employment and labor
    I represent and advise NC employees on their employment rights. Employees may have employment issues that involve Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues, pregnancy discrimination, racial or sex discrimination, workers' comp retaliation (REDA) or sexual harassment. Some employees need help in a crisis. Call me.

“She was probably the only one in the state of North Carolina who could have resolved a very delicate situation,”  quoted from Attorney Boyd Worley about a case Valerie Alston Johnson mediated.

Valerie Johnson represents North Carolina workers, teaches North Carolina law students, and works for the rights of injured workers.  Valerie’s book, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success at Every Stage of a Claim, was published in June 2014.

Valerie specializes in workers’ compensation representing state employees, union members, police officers, and all types of North Carolina workers.  Valerie is active in the legal community, serving on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and as the chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee.

Valerie Johnson teaches trial skills to third year law students at the University of North Carolina School of Law and has taught workers’ compensation law at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Valerie is listed in Best Lawyers in the areas of workers’ compensation and this year was recognized for 10 years as a Best Lawyer.  She is a North Carolina Super Lawyer and has been since 2006.  She was admitted to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2011.

Valerie taught elementary school in the North Carolina Public Schools before she went to law school.  She lives in Durham with her husband Sam and her children Alexandra and Sam III.  

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Johnson & Groninger PLLC
300 Blackwell St.
Suite 101
Durham, NC, 27701

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Rumana | February 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I hired Valerie and it was a great choice. She is an excellent Lawyer. She helped me win my case. It was a worker’s compensation case, and I thought it would be difficult to win. Valerie used her experience and skills to offer me the best deal and win my case proficiently. She is kind, caring, and knows how to get the job done. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Gail | March 2, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
One Call from Valerie Johnson Answered a Ton of Questions
I felt so relieved after speaking with Valerie Johnson. I had lots of questions about workman's compensation and she answered them in a way that was easy for me to understand. Her experience showed in the way she inquired about my case and she suggested practical and useful ways for me to move forward with my issue. I'm so happy I was referred to AVVO and found her there. I got the information I needed within an hour and will sleep much better tonight as a result.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Leto Copeley and her assistant are AWESOME! My emails are always answered very quickly and I get a direct answer to every question I have. I am treated like a human being and not just another case for this firm.
Posted by Perry | October 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
5 Star Rating
The law firm of Copeley, Johnson & Groninger is very supportive of their clients. As a client, they supported me and took a personal interest in my case in order to receive justice. I would highly recommend them. They earn a five-star rating.
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable Attorney
Mrs. Johnson is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. I had a question about a work place issue and she offered me great workers comp advise. I would highly recommend to others!
Posted by Jim | March 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Experienced and So Patient
Ms. Johnson is so knowledgeable in workers compensation and employment law. I learned so much from her and have so much respect for her patience and expertise. Every question I asked was a significant one to Valerie and her team. I cannot say enough about their professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
You won't find a more diligent advocate.
Valerie has been tirelessly working on my behalf for nearly a year now, and has accomplished massive strides in a case which I would have been completely overwhelmed by without her aid. The opposition has been infuriating and persistent in equal measure, but she's waded through all of it with zeal. If you're having any trouble with workers' comp whatsoever, I cannot recommend Valerie enough.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2015
Super Lawyer
I'm very pleased with the representation Valerie has provided me with my workmans comp case.The firm is very knowledgeable of the workman's comp laws. Valerie has proven once again why she is a top lawyer in the US.
Posted by Cheri | June 2, 2013
Valerie Johnson takes on the BIG Boys!
Valerie worked my case to the end -- and we WON! If fact, she (we) won every time the case was presented. Valerie's knowledge of the law is truly unmatched and she proved that every step of the way. From the onset, Valerie listened to all I said, she then explained to me what we would encounter if we choose to move forward. We did move forward, and forward and forward, and always Valerie was there explaining step by step the processes and then presenting the options before me. Valerie overcame every hurdle, she held steadfast and never looked back and neither did I. Only with Valerie I can say, we beat the BIG Boys!!
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Johnson & Groninger PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of North Carolina School Of Law
  • 2003 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Wake Forest University School Of Law
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Patterson Harkavy LLP
  • 1994 - 2011
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  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of North Carolina
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Evans v. Hendrick Automotive Group
  • Plaintiff won on all issues
  • Campbell v. Nat'l Pipe & Plastics, Inc.
  • Employee won on all issues
  • Taylor v. Town of Garner and N.C. State University
  • Win for the police officer in N.C. Supreme Court


  • Lawyers Mutual Liability
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers/North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Workers' Compensation Executive Committee Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group
  • Member
  • N/A
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2011
  • American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina
  • Treasurer
  • 2002 - 2004
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2001 - 2008
  • American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer, Workers' Compensation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Elected to the Academy
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Workplace torts and Workers' Comp
  • State Employee Benefits and Workers' Comp
  • 2012
  • Implications of Developments in Workers Compensation for Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Pathways from Workers's Compensation to Social Security Disability Insurance
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
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Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Valerie Johnson for quite some time, and I have found her to be highly professional and an expert in the area of worker's compensation. Given her expertise, I have referred potential clients and will continue to do so in the future. As such, I fully endorse this attorney."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Valerie is a super lawyer and person. She has a pleasant and witty personality which is great to have in a lawyer. Not only does she take on the Big Boys - she wins!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Valerie is a very smart and hard working lawyer. She cares about her clients, and is an all-around wonderful person anyway. I have referred clients to her when they lived in the Chapel Hill area and will continue to do so."
Employment and labor
Workers compensation
Social Security & Disability
Workers compensation