Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law
College: University of Illinois
Valerie Hong finds creative solutions for her clients that make sense for their business. She defended the founders of a startup company who were being sued for misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of non-disclosure agreements with a former employer. Using a comprehensive litigation strategy, Hong secured a dismissal for her clients, which allowed her clients to build their company into a successful, thriving business.
She regularly defends attorneys and law firms against professional negligence and fraud claims. Most recently, Hong prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion on behalf of her client facing fraud and negligence claims arising from a business dispute. She successfully secured attorneys’ fees and costs at the trial level, and prevailed on appeal. The case, Yee v. Cheung (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 184 is the first published decision by the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District addressing the statute of limitations for malicious prosecution claims against an attorney.
Hong focuses on business, professional liability, personal injury, and appellate matters. As a co-founder of her firm’s appellate group, she provides highly skilled legal representation in the event her clients experience a disappointing result at the trial level or need to preserve a favorable outcome on appeal. In 2013, Hong was recognized as a Top Attorney in corporate litigation by The Daily Transcript.
Hong has also represented injured parties who need seasoned, professional counsel that understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges for bringing a claim. Using her defense background, she is able to provide an honest assessment before her clients bring claims and provide the highest quality of legal services.
Hong is active in her community. She is an adjunct professor at California Western School of Law, where she teaches litigation skills. She has served as the past president (2010) and a board of director (2008-2014) of Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego and a board of director (2008-2009) of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego. She is a barrister with the Welsh Inn of Courts. She is also actively involved with the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce - San Diego, Dress for Success - San Diego, and the Eugene Bowman Economic Empowerment Center.
Hong regularly volunteers with Dress for Success - San Diego, a nonprofit organization focused on helping low-income women acquire jobs, build careers and improve the quality of life for their families. She organized a suit drive for several years and collected professional attire for women to return to work.
Hong is also actively involved with the Filipino American community. She regularly speaks to small business owners with the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce - San Diego on legal topics including business formation and general litigation.
While she would like to continue honing her golf game, building sand castles at the beach with her husband, Gerry, and one-year old daughter, Ilana, keep her busy.