Valerie Tocci is a partner of the firm. She represents individuals and families in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, custody, spousal and child support, equitable distribution of property, pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and divorce agreements, post-judgment matters, hearings and trials. Valerie is a litigator with extensive courtroom experience. Prior to joining SSL, Valerie was a partner of Mishcon de Reya NY, LLP., a major international law firm, where she also focused on cross-border family law issues. She also previously worked at two of the premiere Manhattan matrimonial boutique firms. Valerie is expert in aiding high net worth families navigate the divorce process. Prior to devoting her practice to family law, Valerie served as a criminal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Valerie also served as Court Attorney to the Honorable Esther M. Morgenstern, New York State Supreme Court Justice, in both the Kings County Family Court and the Queens County Integrated Domestic Violence Court, a unified court part handling matrimonial, family court and criminal cases simultaneously, which she helped to establish. Valerie's work with victims of crime and domestic violence gives her a unique perspective on the emotional challenges facing families dealing with divorce.
Valerie is founding member of the Associates Board of New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a not-for-profit legal services agency providing representation to low income individuals. She is the co-author of Divorce Settlements Funded By Proceeds Of Fraud: Good News For Innocent Spouses' New York Family Law Monthly, Vol. 13. No. 1, September 2011. Valerie has a B.A. from the University of Michigan. While an undergraduate, Valerie completed the general course at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was awarded the Heyman Corporate Governance Fellowship. She has also received specialized training from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in family law matters. Valerie is native Manhattanite and is graduate of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.