Valerie Kellner Of Counsel




Valerie Kellner is an experienced litigator who focuses on defense litigation in the areas of product liability, premises liability and construction litigation including catastrophic injury and death claims. Valerie maintains a diverse civil litigation practice representing manufacturers and suppliers, restaurant and retail chains, general contractors, subcontractors and food producers. She has represented clients in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Clients turn to Valerie to protect and advance their interests in all phases of litigation. Her ability to anticipate and understand clients’ needs, expectations and business interests have made her a valued and trusted resource. 

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Valerie was a partner at a mid-Atlantic regional firm for 10 years. Upon graduating law school, she served as a law clerk with the Honorable Rosemary K. Reavey and the Honorable George Nicola in Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, Civil Division. 

Valerie is an active member and sits on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC comprises U.S. and international peer-reviewed leaders of the civil defense, corporate legal and insurance industries. Membership in the FDCC is limited, selective and by nomination only, and admission requires a rigorous peer review. Valerie is a host of the FDCC Speaks Podcast, How FDCC Members Get It Done. She is vice chair of the Membership Recruitment Committee, Member Communications Committee and the FedLife Committee, and co-chairs the FDCC Deposition Boot Camp. In addition, Valerie is past co-chair for the Corporate Counsel Symposium for the FDCC in 2021 and program chair in 2020. She also served as a faculty member for the FDCC Deposition Boot Camp as well as a member of the Admissions Committee.

Areas of Focus

General & Premises Liability
Valerie has extensive experience in general and premises liability cases, representing restaurant and retail chains, property owners and apartment complexes. She has handled dram shop cases for a national retail chain including catastrophic and fatality claims as well as slip and falls. 

Product Liability
Valerie has defended product liability cases brought against domestic corporations that manufacture or distribute consumer products, heavy construction and industrial equipment, playground equipment, electronics and household appliances. The product liability claims include negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty in the areas of design, manufacture and warnings. 

In the area of construction, Valerie has defended general contractors, construction managers and subcontractors in personal injury cases in state and federal court.