Valerie provides business-centric guidance for commercial and technology transactions, particularly when data privacy issues arise.

Recently admitted to practice in Washington, Valerie brings a keen interest in the intersection of privacy, law, and technology to her practice. She leverages the latest developments in technology trends and privacy regulations to anticipate legal challenges businesses operating in today’s data-driven economy may encounter. She offers clients practical and proactive strategies to mitigate business and legal risks and ensure compliance with evolving regulations.

Valerie began law school informed by two years of experience as a paralegal and focused her legal education on IP, technology, and privacy. During a year-long, in-house internship, she gained substantial experience in commercial and technology transactions and gleaned invaluable client-perspective insights into diverse legal issues.

Valerie is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and as an active member of IAPP, she continues to build her knowledge of privacy laws and regulations.

Clients. An integral part of Summit's Tech Transaction team, Valerie works with various-sized clients across a spectrum of sectors, such as financial and education tech. 



  • Seattle University School of Law
  • University of Washington
  • CIPP-US Certification


  • Washington

Awards & Accolades

  • Graduated Seattle University School of Law with Magna Cum Laude
  • Seattle University School of Law - Law Review - Executive Editor of Notes & Comments


  • IAPP
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Community Service

  • Valerie partners with Communities Rise to provide pro-bono legal services. 

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Valerie Shmigol, The United States Is Enabling an Outer Space Arms Race, 46 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 175 (2022).
  • Jessica Mogk, Valerie Shmigol, Marvin Futrell, Bert Stover, Amy Hagopian, Court-Imposed Fines as a Feature of the Homeless – Incarceration Nexus, 42 J. PUBLIC HEALTH 2, e107-e119 (2019).
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