Valerie N. Butera

Of Counsel || Detroit (Metro)

Valerie Butera has focused her legal career on the representation of employers and trade associations in workplace safety and health matters.  She has extensive experience, both in private practice and in-house, working with a wide range of industries including automotive, chemical and petrochemical, oil refining, electric utility, manufacturing, construction, railway, grain refining, retail, hospitality, health care, and food services.  She litigates OSHA cases before state and federal agencies, courts and federal appellate courts and provides comprehensive OSHA counseling.

Valerie litigates cases for employers cited by OSHA for alleged violations of numerous state and federal workplace safety regulations and provides catastrophe response assistance where necessary.  She provides strategic guidance for employers managing the defense of OSHA citations with simultaneous related civil complaints, and she represents employers in whistleblower protection matters.

Valerie minimizes client risks effectively and efficiently, providing comprehensive counsel for issues ranging from how best to navigate an OSHA inspection to the implementation of process safety management programs.  Valerie also conducts attorney client privileged general safety and process safety management audits.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law Co-Chair In-House Counsel Committee
  • Alumna, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Leadership Development Program
  • ABA Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Law


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