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Injury Board Attorney Member

Valerie Johnson

Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC

Durham, North Carolina

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Accidents
  • employment law
  • immigration law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Property Owners' Liability (Slip & Fall)
  • Workplace Injuries
  • crime victim representation
  • Head & Brain Injuries
  • Medical Devices & Implants
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • workers' compensation

Valerie's Biography

Valerie Johnson is dedicated to defending the rights of injured workers. Valerie has represented workers across North Carolina since 1994.


A graduate of UNC and UNC Law School, Valerie is the co-editor of North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success at Every Stage of a Claim. She serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and in 2013, Valerie was voted chair of its Workers’ Compensation Section. Valerie is also a member of the Board of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of N.C. Valerie has been board certified in workers’ compensation law since 2000. She has taught trial advocacy at UNC Law School since 2003 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 has been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyer Magazine every year since 2006. She was admitted to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2011. Valerie practices with her law partners Leto Copeley and Ann Groninger. Her firm, Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC, has offices in Durham and Charlotte.


Valerie has been married to her husband Sam for more than 20 years. They have two children, Alex and Sam III, and a dog named Grace.



University of North Carolina  1987
University of North Carolina School of Law  1994

Other Activities, Interests, and Memberships

Professional Associations and Memberships:
- North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers/North Carolina Advocates for Justice; Board Member, 2001-2008; Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee, 1996-2004, 2008-present
- North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
- North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
- American Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina; Board Member, 2000-2004; Treasurer, 2002-2004
- AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Board of Directors 2009 – 2011
- Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group
- Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of N.C; Board Member, 2015 – Present

- The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 -2014
- North Carolina Super Lawyers as published by Law and Politics Magazine, 2006 – 2013; One of the Top 50 Women Lawyers, Law and Politics Magazine, 2006
- Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance

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