Overview

Mr. Valen represents an exceptional range of domestic and international clients in major complex dispute resolution and business counseling matters in the United States and abroad. His experience, business judgment, and training help him serve the needs of corporations and individuals in both civil and criminal litigation, enabling him to efficiently handle his clients’ most significant matters involving either governmental or private claims, including commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and shareholder disputes. Mr. Valen’s flexible, practical approach to dispute resolution enables him to represent his client’s needs in whatever forum a dispute may arise.

A recent matter that illustrates Mr. Valen’s breadth of experience and his focus on finding practical, business-oriented solutions to his client’s problems is his ongoing representation of a multibillion-dollar hedge fund in defense of insider trading charges. The New York-based fund was the subject of Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations in multiple jurisdictions in the United States, as well as in several countries in Asia. The matters in the United States have been resolved without any individuals facing criminal charges, and with civil resolutions that will enable the fund to resume operations in the future, with enhanced compliance programs to prevent future violations. Mr. Valen continues to work with the client’s non-U.S. counsel to ensure a resolution of those matters that similarly enhances the client’s ability to continue to operate its business effectively and in compliance with all applicable laws.

FOCUS AREAS

Mr. Valen’s recent work includes:

  • Representing the Presiding Officers of the New Jersey Legislature in federal court litigation regarding New Jersey's successful effort to legalize wagering on professional and collegiate sporting events, which resulted in the United States Supreme Court striking down a decades-old federal statute as an unconstitutional intrusion on the sovereignty of the states 
  • Leading a nationwide internal investigation for a major pharmaceutical company into claims that its sales representatives engaged in inappropriate conduct while marketing a newly-approved biopharmaceutical product
  • Counseling multinational corporations regarding compliance with various aspects of United States laws, including extra-territorial sanctions regimes

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law - Newark (J.D., with honors)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Cornell University (B.A.)

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Association

American Bar Association

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts, 1994-1997

Civic / Charitable Activities

Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Publications & Features

NEWSROOM

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation

Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation

Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Business Litigation, 2006-2007

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards/.