About our presenters
Valerie Peterson, J.D.
Valerie joined ElderCounsel in January of 2008 and serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining ElderCounsel, Valerie was a practicing elder law attorney in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and the owner of Peterson Law Office, P.A. Valerie was a litigator for several years after law school, but decided to focus her practice on elder law after she experienced firsthand the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one.
Valerie is a frequent speaker both locally and nationwide on topics pertaining to elder law, special needs planning and veterans aid and attendance benefits.
Prior to joining ElderCounsel, Valerie served as President of the Society of Financial Service Providers, Dade County, Florida, and she served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. Valerie is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and WealthCounsel. Valerie is licensed to practice in Florida and Kansas.
Steve Riley, Esq.
An award-winning attorney, Steve has practiced law for 25 years and coached lawyers for 15 years. He built his estate planning practice into a million dollar business using innovative law firm management and marketing skills.
After selling his law practice, Steve joined the nation's premier practice management consulting firm, Atticus, as a shareholder. He is Certified Practice Advisor, guiding over 20 law firms as a consultant and coach.
An inspiring and challenging educator, Steve has created several programs for leading attorneys to success, including the Double Your Revenue™ workshop, the Practice Growth Program™ for Elder Law and Estate Planning attorneys, and the Atticus Dominate Your Market™ program.
Steve's most recent book, "The Busy Lawyer's Guide to the Laws of Practice Growth," is available on Amazon. He is a contributing author to estate planning six books, including "Basic Estate Planning in Florida." In 2006, Steve won the National Small Law Firm Practice Innovation Award. He is a frequent speaker at legal association events nationally.