Valerie A. Teachout


Washington, DC

Since 2007, Valerie A. Teachout has dedicated her legal career to resolving employment matters. She has represented individual employees in cases involving discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, age, and disabilities; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; medical leave issues; and negotiating severance agreements. Valerie has handled these cases before state and federal administrative agencies, including the EEOC and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), as well as federal district and circuit courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia.


In Merritt v. Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., 601 F.3d 289 (4th Cir. 2010), Valerie convinced the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a trucking company, in a case involving an unlawful application of a return-to-work physical fitness test. While at KCNF, Valerie successfully argued to the MSPB that a federal agency wrongfully demoted an employee.


Before joining KCNF in 2014, Valerie was a solo practitioner and worked on a variety of legal matters, including employment discrimination cases for private sector employees.


Valerie is a member of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland Bars. She is admitted to practice before the following courts: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia.


Valerie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan (1988), and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1999), where she served on the Editorial Board of The Urban Lawyer.

Published Works


  • “A Comprehensive Review of 1997-98 U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Important Legislation Affecting State and Local Government,” The Urban Lawyer (1999) – Co-Author

Professional Associations and Memberships


  • The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia: Co-Chair of the Employment Law Forum
  • The District of Columbia Bar Association: Steering Member of the Labor and Employment Community
  • The Washington Metropolitan Employment Lawyers Association