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Ryan Valente


Ryan Valente is a litigation attorney in the firm’s North Carolina office.  Mr. Valente has over a decade of experience representing personal injury clients.  He is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer, having tried more than thirty personal injury cases to jury verdicts throughout North Carolina.

Mr. Valente received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he graduated with Distinction.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from Elon University School of Law in 2009 as a member of the school’s charter class.

Mr. Valente was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2009 and is licensed to practice law in all North Carolina state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina.  He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and Mecklenburg County Bar.

Mr. Valente is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.  Fewer than 1% of all U.S. attorneys have achieved this distinction.


  • Juris Doctorate Elon University School of Law
  • Bachelor's Degree, Distinction University of North Carolina at Wilmington


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