Nick Valencia is USALCO’s Vice President of Human Resources and the company’s General Counsel. Nick is responsible for diversity and inclusion, talent, recruiting, compensation, benefits, employee relations and all aspects of the human resources agenda for the company. He also has oversight of, and responsibility for, all of USALCO’s legal matters, government affairs and compliance processes. He has more than 30 years of experience in the legal and human resources fields.
Nick began his career as an attorney with the long-time Baltimore-based law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes and later practiced for several years with the national law firm of Arter & Hadden in Washington, DC. Nick’s practice focused on labor and employment law.
Following his years of private practice, he became in-house employment counsel for Constellation Energy Group, now Exelon, in Baltimore. After his time at Constellation, Nick became the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for a Baltimore-based national security firm where he worked for several years. Nick later became the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel for two Baltimore-Washington area-based continuing care retirement community organizations before taking his present position with USALCO®.
Nick graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Classics. He is also a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree there. While at Vanderbilt, Nick served as the judicial intern for United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr. He is also the author of two law review articles on the topic of non-economic damages and its legal analysis.