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Valerie Nelan*

Chief of Staff

Valerie Nelan is Baker Donelson's chief of staff.

Professional Biography

Ms. Nelan works with and on behalf of the Firm's CEO and COO. In this role, she operates at a tactical, strategic, and operational level to execute on a variety of Firm priorities and initiatives. She regularly collaborates with multiple departments across the Firm, launching and overseeing special projects, monitoring them as needed, ensuring follow-through, and sustaining the necessary momentum for completion. Throughout her workday, she is a listener, advisor, proxy, doer, goalkeeper, implementer, integrator, and air traffic controller.

Ms. Nelan joined Baker Donelson in 2004 as a marketing assistant. She was named chief of staff in 2019.


  • Queens University of Charlotte, M.F.A. in Fiction, 2005
  • University of Memphis, B.A., 1998, cum laude



Baker Donelson professional not admitted to the practice of law.

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