About Me

Meet Valerie M. Therrien, Attorney-At-Law

Before I had my children, and had spare time, I stitched a needlepoint plaque, proclaiming "Honest Lawyer", which hangs on the stairway leaving my office. I have always prided myself on being honest and to represent my clients to the best of my knowledge.

When I graduated from Law School in May 1976, we were given a special sheet of paper, rolled up with a gold braid. It was a quote from Justice Cardoso: "To answer the people's cry for justice is the task of the lawgivers."

I framed this scroll and it has hung on my office wall for over 25 years. 
Valerie Therrien
Valerie Therrien's adopted children

My Background

My two children are adopted and I am proud of the life I have provided them. The love between us is evident. I have been a foster parent in the past.

I have been in private practice as a sole practitioner since June 1977. I handle a variety of clients in my limited general practice; small business and corporate, bankruptcy, wills, trusts and estates, international and domestic adoptions and real estate. I have tried many cases, both civil and criminal. I have established non-profit corporations. I incorporated my sole practice in February 1992. Recently, I have concentrated on real estate, adoptions, bankruptcy, and estate and will planning. I have also written many Supreme Court appeals.

My Credentials

I served on the State of Alaska Advisory Board for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, as the attorney member for over 6 years. During that time period, I learned a significant amount about alcohol and drug abuse treatment, programs, the devastation of the disease, and I believe that I can bring this insight and understanding to the Court in this position. I believe that treatment works and if I can help someone though my position either in bail hearings or in sentencing, I will.

I have attended many conferences of the International Lawyers AA association and attended many retreats put on by the Oregon Lawyer's assistance program. I choose to use my awareness to help the victim, the defendant and all those concerned. If I can make a difference, I will. It is my desire to be able to work with the citizens of Alaska and our community.
A parchment diploma scroll, rolled up with red ribbon laid at an oblique angle
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