Valerie R. Houghton, RN, MFT, Esq.

1190 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 138

San Jose, California 95128

Ph: 408.293.5853

Fax: 408.293.0458



Valerie R. Houghton, RN, MFT, Esq.
Family Mediation, Family Therapy & Forensic Services

About Valerie

"I am committed to providing all clients with a safe place in which they will be treated with courtesy and respect. I approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding." 

Valerie Houghton earned her J.D. Degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1988. She earned a Certificate in Public Interest Law and worked extensively in the areas of disability rights, malpractice, alternative dispute resolution and child advocacy. Although Valerie was employed in her full time private therapy practice throughout law school, she was the SCU law clerk/intern for Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) during her 3rd year of law school in 1987.  In  (Insert the case of  xyz, (with federal court citation, she was a legal clerk team member who began the case of...) Additionally,  Valerie  law clerked for the Law Firm of  Morgan and Towery in the summer of 1986. 

Although her work at DREDF in Berkeley and with Morgan & Towery in San Jose were in the areas of civil rights, malpractice and tort liability litigation, Valerie recognized that litigation was only one of the ways in which legal problems could be addressed. She believed that in expanding her own practice into the conflict resolution and the family forensic fields, she could be more effective in helping people deal with a variety of serious family legal issues. 

In 1992, Valerie was invited to become a "Special Master" in Santa Clara County, California. She received extensive training and supervision and has continued to build on her education and experience throughout the years since that time. Most recently, Valerie studied to attain her Certificate in Advanced Negotiation from Harvard School of Law. She has also thoroughly enjoyed a recent 2-day update in Advanced Mediation from Mr. Steve Rosenberg, Esq. in Mill Valley. 

Since 1987, she has worked with numerous high-profile clients who are involved in cases which are in both State and Federal Courts. Being the primary shareholder in Counselors & Consultants, Inc. has allowed Valerie to fully realize her passion for helping people at all levels of litigation and in a wide range of alternative dispute resolution modalities. She has worked with numerous highly respected lawyers and other professionals in this area for almost 20 years. 

Valerie is active in a number of professional organizations including the Association of Conflict Resolution, the Association of Family & Conciliatory Courts, the American Bar Association, The California Bar Association, Parent Coordinators International, International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers and a number of other professional and research organizations, several of which are internationally based. She is a student of therapeutic jurisprudence.

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