Valerie J. Botter

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About Valerie Botter

Professional Photo 3 (2014 web edit 2)Valerie Botter is an experienced trial attorney, mediator, and arbitrator for divorce, custody, and other family law matters in Western Massachusetts. Whether the issue is child-related, financial, or interpersonal, Valerie will explore different possibilities for settlement and if settlement is not possible, Valerie is equally skilled in the courtroom. Although a zealous advocate, Valerie is committed to helping her clients consider their children’s emotional well being and best interests.

Valerie is a 1981 graduate of Oberlin College and a 1986 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court and then joined a premier Boston family law firm. Valerie moved to Western Massachusetts in 1990 and opened her own law and mediation practice shortly thereafter. In 1994, Valerie co-founded Schmidt & Botter, a Northampton law firm. In 1995, Valerie was granted fellowship status in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a national organization of experienced domestic relations practitioners.  In 2001, Valerie returned to solo practice as an attorney and expanded her role as a neutral for mediation, conciliation, parenting coordinator, and arbitration services.

Valerie has been a member of the Hampshire County Bar Association since moving to Western Massachusetts in 1990, and she was a member of the Executive Committee of that organization. Valerie is currently the liaison for the Hampshire County Bar Association to the Probate and Family Court of Massachusetts and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers for the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAML. Valerie is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Valerie helped develop and manage the Hampshire County Bar Association Conciliation Program, an Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for Hampshire Probate and Family Court that was approved by the Trial Court. Valerie is a steering committee member of the Family Resolutions Specialty Court (FRSC) at Hampshire Probate and Family Court. Valerie has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer each year since 2010 and has a distinguished status with Martindale-Hubbell. By volunteering with local legal services programs, Valerie provides free legal services for clients who cannot afford an attorney.

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Valerie is originally from the New York metropolitan area. Valerie was raised with an appreciation for justice, compassion, and community service. Her father was a trial and appellate court judge in Hackensack, New Jersey and her mother was a social worker. Following her parents’ divorce when Valerie was in second grade, she lived with her mother in Manhattan until tenth grade, when she moved in with her father, step-mother, and step-brothers in northern New Jersey. Valerie understands the complexity of extended family dynamics and the importance of shielding children from their parents’ struggles during separation and afterwards. Valerie has lived in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since graduating from college in 1981. Valerie is divorced and maintains a good relationship with her ex-husband and his wife. Happily remarried in 2004, Valerie and her husband have a blended family of five children, ages 23 to 31, and three young grandchildren. Valerie loves skiing, interior design, cooking, and fashion.

Email Valerie or call 413-586-8651.