Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer LLC

Valerie E. Fontenot


Valerie Fontenot joins Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer as an associate after working as an assistant attorney general for the Louisiana Department of Justice – Civil Litigation Division. Her practice is based in litigation of civil matters, particularly the trial and appeal of health care matters, including medical malpractice defense and regulatory and compliance.

Valerie also has significant experience in the litigation and appeal of general liability cases in an array of areas, including high value motor vehicle accidents. Valerie’s areas of experience have provided her numerous opportunities to interact with many expert fields including medical causation, vocational rehabilitation, life care planning, bio-mechanics and economics.

Valerie is originally from New Roads, Louisiana. She received her law degree cum laude from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and her B.A. from Tulane University. She earned her Master of Public Health magna cum laude from the LSUHSC School of Public Health.

Outside of the courtroom, Valerie is perfecting her practice of choosing, cooking and eating good food. She also enjoys traveling, reading and playing tennis. You can also find Valerie in the classroom, as she currently serves as an adjunct professor of civil litigation at Herzing University.


New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinator’s CLE: speaker/panelist for “Missing in Action: Defending an Absent Client” and moderator for “Practical Civil Litigation Tips Panel” (December 11, 2018)

Association of Corporate Counsel: “Compliance 101: Everything You Need to Know to Implement a Compliance Program and Defend a Compliance Claim” (September 28, 2018)

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel: “Medical Malpractice Overview and Recent Updates” (On Demand CLE, filmed April 4, 2018)

Association of Corporate Counsel: “Individual Accountability for Corporate Employees” (March 21, 2018)

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel: “Recent Developments in Louisiana Law” (May 20, 2016)

In the Community

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
· Executive Committee Member, 2017-present
· Young Lawyers Committee Chair, 2016-2020
· Young Lawyers Committee Member of the Year, 2015-2016
· Young Lawyers Committee Member of the Year, 2014-2015
· Member, 2014 – present

House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association
· Delegate for the 41st District (Orleans-CDC), 2019-2021

Paul S. Rosenblum Healthcare Institute
·  Class of 2018

Louis Martinet Society
· Vice President of Internal Communications, 2018-2019
· Member, 2013-present

Defense Research Institute, Member

American Health Lawyers Association, Member

American College of Healthcare Executives, Member

American Bar Association, Member
· Health Law Section

Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
· Leadership LSBA Class of 2018/2019

New Orleans Bar Association, Member

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Lambda Omega Chapter
· Executive Board
· 2nd Vice President, 2017-2018
· Secretary, 2019-2020

American Cancer Society
· Belles and Beaus Charitable Ball Committee Member, 2018-present

Fellow, Institute of Politics, 2015-2016

Contact Information

Valerie E. Fontenot

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Legal Assistant: Sherry Sewell

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Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 2013



Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D./D.C.L., 2013

LSUHC School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2009

Tulane University, B.A., 2007


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