Valerie Strong


Valerie Sanders, a member of Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group, has significant experience in consumer and insurance class actions and in international arbitration proceedings. She represents clients in commercial arbitration cases involving Latin America, Asia, and Europe as well as in commercial and bankruptcy litigation in U.S. trial and appellate courts. Valerie works with various financial services industry companies, including banks, finance firms and insurance companies, as well as firms in the energy industry. Several of her cases have involved automotive financing firms.

Valerie speaks and writes frequently about jurisdictional, class-action, and international arbitration issues. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and of the American Bar Association

Selected Experience

Sutherland represents automotive finance company in Equal Credit Opportunity Act case.
Sutherland secured reversal by the Second Circuit of a district court’s dismissal of state-law counterclaims asserted by our client, the defendant in a putative nationwide class action.  In its reversal, the Second Circuit noted that the presence of such counterclaims must be considered by the district court in evaluating the propriety of class certification.
Sutherland successfully represents global energy company in ICC arbitration proceedings in Zurich.
Sutherland represented an American manufacturer of nuclear reactors in a proceeding involving a $700 million dispute with a Japanese manufacturer concerning the right to use specific technology elements in the design of nuclear power plants. The proceeding, held in Zurich and governed by Swiss law, resulted in a favorable outcome for our client.
Sutherland secures dismissal of complaint alleging improperly charged sales tax on Massachusetts motor vehicle leases.
Sutherland secured dismissal of a class-action complaint which charged that our client had improperly charged sales tax on excise taxes in its Massachusetts motor vehicle leases over several years.

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” (2013)

Professional Activities

Treasurer, Atlanta International Arbitration Society
Vice-Chair, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Litigation Committee
Former member, Court Futures Committee, State Bar of Georgia

  • J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law, Member, Duke Law Journal
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Duke University
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia

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