Valerie Barney started her career in Human Resources before receiving her law degree. She currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel, Employment and Litigation at Mohawk Industries. Prior to joining Mohawk she was Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Zep, Inc. a major provider or maintenance and cleaning solutions. As chief legal officer there, she gained experience with due diligence on mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, international intellectual property, environmental issues and product regulatory concerns. Valerie spent several years as an associate in an Atlanta law firm focusing on labor and employment law. Valerie holds a Bachelor of Administration degree and Juris Doctor Degree from Georgia State University.