Valerie was selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list in banking and real estate law by her peers and by Law & Politics (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), and as one of Oregon’s 50 Great Leaders by Oregon Business magazine (2007). She is also the recipient of a Global Awards 2015 Corporate LiveWire for real estate law in Oregon, and America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017.
Since 1984, Valerie’s practice has focused on real estate and business transactions, loan documentation, construction, restructures and workouts, and foreclosures. Her primary focus is representing financial service providers and businesses on complex commercial real estate projects, including acquisition, construction, leasing, and lending issues, and she has represented lenders in real estate lending transactions nationwide providing efficient and thorough legal analysis. Valerie’s years of experience and proficient processes allow her to produce quality loan documentation (including workout, restructure, and forbearance agreements) in days instead of weeks.
In addition to her law practice, Valerie was an adjunct professor for several terms at Lewis and Clark Law School teaching advanced commercial real estate law, which keeps her up to date on commercial real estate case law and trends.
Before deciding to launch Tomasi Salyer Martin, Valerie was a shareholder at Farleigh Wada Witt from its formation in January 1990 through June 2012. She served as president for seven years ending in 2007 and as chair of the real estate practice group during her entire tenure.
Loan Documentation – Representation of financial institutions in documenting numerous loans including lines of credit secured by accounts receivable and inventory, and construction loans for numerous commercial projects including several luxury condominium buildings in Bellevue, Washington, and Portland, Oregon .
Workouts and Foreclosures – Representation of financial institutions in numerous loan restructures, workout agreements, forebearance agreements, and foreclosures with respect to commercial properties in Oregon, Washington, and other states (with assistance from local counsel) nationwide.
Real Estate Sales, Acquisitions, and Leasing – Representation of financial institutions and businesses in the sale, acquisition, and leasing of commercial properties in Oregon and Washington.
Assisted Living Facilities – Representation of financial institutions on numerous refinancings of loans and construction loans secured by assisted living facilities in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, and several other states, including multi-million dollar syndicated construction loans.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Financing – Representation of financial institutions on low income tax credit financing including projects in Oregon, Washington, and California.
Valerie serves on the OWLS (Oregon Women Lawyers) Board as well as its Transformation and Leadership Committees and participated on the OWLS dragon boat racing team (the mighty “Dragonflies”) from 2006 to 2014, two years as its co-captain. Between 2013 and 2017, she has served as a bar-appointed mentor for new admittees to the Oregon State Bar, and as a committee member for the Campaign for Equal Justice. From 1993 through 2009, Valerie chaired the pro bono subcommittee of the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar, which created and manages a pro bono bankruptcy clinic for low income clients in the Portland metropolitan area. Valerie was elected to the Executive Committee of the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar in 1995 and 1999, and was the co-chair of the Multnomah Bar Association Managing Partner Round Table in 2006 and 2007.
Valerie has a daughter Stephanie, who in 2014 became a doctor of naturopathic medicine. Valerie also has a son Daniel, who graduated from UO and is managing an internet marketing firm. When Valerie is not practicing law, she enjoys hiking, traveling with her darling husband Van, biking, cross-country skiing, and cooking for her extended Italian family. In 2014, she and her daughter hiked a 500 mile section of the Camino de Santiago across Northern Spain; in 2015, they both hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc; in 2016, they hiked West Highland Way in Scotland; in 2017, they hiked Cotswold Way in England; and 2018 brought them to the hills of Provence.