About Valerie Botter
Valerie Botter is an experienced attorney and mediator in divorce, custody, and other family law matters in Massachusetts. Whether the issue is child-related, financial, or interpersonal, Valerie is very successful at helping her clients reach an equitable settlement. Valerie is committed to helping her clients prioritize their children’s emotional well being and best interests throughout the legal process. Valerie brings 35 years of courtroom and trial experience to her practice.
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 mediation and conciliation practice.
Valerie has been a member of the Hampshire County Bar Association for over 30 years. Valerie is also a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. In the early 1990s, Valerie co-founded the Hampshire County Bar Association Conciliation Program, an Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for Hampshire Probate and Family Court that is approved by the Trial Court. Valerie has also served as a steering committee member of the Family Resolutions Specialty Court (FRSC) at Hampshire Probate and Family Court since its inception. Valerie has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer each year since 2010 and has a distinguished status with Martindale-Hubbell as a lawyer with a very high rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. By volunteering with local legal services programs, Valerie provides free legal services for clients who cannot afford an attorney.
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 parental conflict during separation and beyond.
Valerie has lived in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 40 years. Valerie and her husband have a blended family of five adult children and three young grandchildren, and enjoy friendly relationships with the children’s other parents. Valerie is passionate about relationships, design, skiing, and equal justice.
Email Valerie or call 413-586-8651.