Olivia J. Valentine, Esq. earned her BA and MA degrees from the City College of the City University of New York. She went on to receive her JD from the Fordham, University School of Law. She was admitted to the Bar in New York State.
Olivia is currently employed as an Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator, and Consultant; Educator.
She has taught classes in; "The Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Environment of Business" and “American Constitutional Law,”
Her past work history includes; Adjunct Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; General Attorney, Federal Aviation Administration; Senior Law Clerk, Office of the City Attorney of Los Angeles; Management Assistant, Community Development Department of Los Angeles; Staff Attorney, Bristol-Myers Co.; Staff Attorney, Wells, Brown, Mason, Burns & Hall.
Her experience includes; defended the FAA in many employment cases based on charges that the FAA had wrongfully terminated or suspended an employee, in that it had violated Title VII, other federal law, or its own policies. These cases were brought under EEOC Regulations, Merit Systems Protection Board regulations, or the Whistleblower Protection Act. The cases involved FAA personnel who were filing charges of discrimination against the FAA and/or its management. In this capacity, answered complaints, and filed responsive pleadings, briefs, and memoranda. Defending these cases required thorough knowledge and preparation in Employment Law, Rules of Evidence, and FAA employment policies, as well as skill in negotiating settlements. Preparation for trial required working extensively with FAA human resources, labor relations, and management personnel in order to gain thorough knowledge of the personnel policies and labor contracts as well as the requirements of the complainant’s employment position. Interviewing fact witnesses required a thorough understanding of their jobs and how they had interacted with the complainant in order to properly defend the agency by determining if policies had been violated or laws broken. Interviewing expert witnesses required understanding the areas of their expertise in order to determine whether and how their testimony could bolster the FAA’s position that it had not violated any law or policy.
Represented the FAA as a prosecutor in many enforcement cases, based on alleged violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations by pilots, air carriers, airports, and maintenance personnel. Represented the FAA at all stages of the enforcement process: In this capacity, filed complaints, issued pleadings, briefs, and memoranda, and negotiated settlement of cases, where settlement was warranted. Appeared before the National Transportation Safety Board and the Department of Transportation, necessitating extensive knowledge of the Federal Aviation Regulations and the Rules of Evidence.
In 2011 Olivia was elected to a four-year term as a Council member for the City of Hawthorne.