Valerie Fontaine is a partner in Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith, a legal search firm based in Los Angeles. She recruits and places lawyers with law firms, corporations, non-profits, and governmental entities throughout California and the Southwest. She consults with regard to career and practice development, law office management and expansion, and the elimination of bias in the legal profession.
Valerie A. Fontaine is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and earned her JD from Hastings College of Law in 1979. 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 has served on the Board of Governors and the Advisory Council of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA). She was Hastings' 2002 Alumnus of the Year, is past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Hastings Alumni Association, was honored as the 1998 L.A. Alumnus of the Year, and was the first woman president of the Hastings 1066 Foundation (now UC Hastings Foundation). In 1999, Hastings' Clara Foltz Feminist Association honored Valerie with its Role Model Award.
Valerie has published numerous articles in the national legal press both in print and online. The second edition of her book, The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers, was published by NALP in 2013.
Additionally, Valerie volunteers her time regularly with the Los Angeles Public Library and with non-profits throughout the Los Angeles area, including as a tree care supervisor with TreePeople, helping to plant and care for the urban forest in Los Angeles. She is active with CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team).