Valerie Peterson has been with ElderCounsel since its beginning in January 2008, first serving as Education Director and Member Liaison, then Executive Director and now CEO. Prior to
joining ElderCounsel, Valerie was a practicing elder law attorney in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Florida as the owner of Peterson Law Office, P.A.
Valerie attended Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas where she received the Order of Barristers award for excellence in courtroom advocacy. A litigator for several years
after law school, Valerie decided to focus her practice on elder law after she experienced firsthand the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one. While practicing in Florida, Valerie served as President of the Society of Financial Service Providers, Dade County, and on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.
In addition to serving as CEO, Valerie also sets the curriculum for ElderCounsel’s education conferences and serves as instructor in several courses, including the Elder Law Immersion and Practice Building Camp. Valerie has also taught for NAELA, the Academy of Veterans Pension Planners (AVAPP), and for various state bar associations on topics pertaining to Elder Law, Special Needs Planning and Veterans Benefits.
In January 2012, Valerie was hired by Stetson University Law School as an adjunct professor to teach the Veterans Benefits course to Elder Law LL.M. students.
Valerie resides in Huntington Beach, CA, with her husband, Jonathan, and two cats, Milo and Tommy. Both she and her husband love the outdoors and are avid cyclists. Valerie also has a
personal blog focused on nutrition and cycling, www.ketoadaptedcyclist.com.