Valerie D. Comenencia Ortiz is an Attorney at Relman Colfax. Valerie joined the firm in 2021. Her civil rights litigation practice includes cases concerning racial discrimination in housing and policing.
Valerie is part of a team challenging law enforcement officials’ excessive use of force and suppression of free speech in response to peaceful “Black Lives Matter” protests in the summer of 2020. She also works on various lawsuits challenging housing discrimination on the basis of race, familial status, national origin, and disability, including through racially motivated opposition to affordable housing and discriminatory provision of municipal services.
Prior to joining the firm, Valerie clerked for the Hon. Jesus G. Bernal of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Before her clerkship, Valerie worked at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in San Francisco, California, representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination, consumer protection, and antitrust class actions.
Valerie graduated from Yale Law School, where she was an Executive Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, and a member of the Community and Economic Development Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.
Valerie also earned a master’s degree in Economic and Political Development from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Valerie is bilingual in English and Spanish.