Valencia Rainey is a Partner at Gebhardt & Associates, LLP. She has been with the firm since 2005. Ms. Rainey specializes in Employment and Labor law, with an emphasis on Employment Discrimination and Civil Service Law. She has practiced law in the District of Columbia for over 20 years, litigating civil and criminal cases. Valencia counsels and represents clients on a broad range of issues including Sexual Harassment, Race, Disability, Age, and Sex Disparate treatment, as well as Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), wage claims, and Severance Agreements. Valencia handles complex, multi-party litigation, including class actions and jury trials. Valencia’s current position requires balancing a multifaceted workload in complex civil cases. She has served on national and local employment and trial skills related panels.
Valencia has extensive civil and criminal law experience. For over a decade, she served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Columbia, where she tried criminal cases in U.S. District Court. In this capacity, she represented indigent clients with diverse backgrounds, accused of felony criminal offenses. While in the Federal Public Defender Office, Valencia completed a one-year detail assignment at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. At the conclusion of her detail assignment, she was recognized by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts with an AExemplary Service Award for developing materials for the U.S. Judicial Conference, as well as responding to nation-wide inquiries from judges and lawyers. During this detail, Valencia traveled to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and successfully arranged a transfer to the United States of a convicted and imprisoned United States citizen.
Valencia utilizes her wide range of experience in civil and criminal law to strategically resolve employee claims. Valencia’s creative problem-solving skills and her ability to “think outside the box” are instrumental to her success.
Valencia also served as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice. Prior to the Department of Justice, she was selected as a Dean K. Phillips Graduate Fellow by the National Veterans Legal Services Law Firm. Valencia has further diversified her practice and was selected as a 2009 A. Leon Higginbotham Fellow, with the American Arbitration Association. Valencia ey is deeply entrenched in the Washington-area bar community and has volunteered many community service hours. Valencia received her law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas.