Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., Duke University, 1995, cum laude
  • J.D., Duke University, 1998
  • North Carolina, 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Valecia M. McDowell

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Valecia McDowell is the co-head of the Firm's White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations practice. McDowell has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for publicly traded, privately-held and non-profit institutions in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. In so doing, McDowell has represented clients in disputes, investigations, and/or negotiations involving the DOJ, SEC, HUD, FINRA, CFTC, USDA, OIG, Congress, State Attorneys General, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA), the Comissão de Valores Mobiliarios (the Brazilian Securities Commission), and the Banco Central do Brasil (the Central Bank of Brazil), among others. McDowell also possesses significant trial, arbitration, regulatory defense experience in complex, high-stakes cases, particularly in the financial services, securities, manufacturing, telecommunications and health care industries.

McDowell’s recent representations in the areas of investigations and regulatory defense include defending a privately held mortgage company against false claims allegations; leading an international investigation into allegations of public corruption; representing a financial institution in response to trading inquiries lodged by various state attorneys general; conducting an investigation into potential irregularities within a public health care institution; conducting a highly publicized investigation on behalf of the City of Charlotte involving allegations of sexual harassment by a City Council member; and managing a significant tax and regulatory portfolio in Brazil for a Fortune 100 financial institution.

Her representative litigation engagements include obtaining a voluntary dismissal in a shareholder derivative action involving a $1.5B sales transaction for a publicly traded company; defeating a motion for injunctive relief in an investor breach of fiduciary duty claim in Georgia federal court; obtaining injunctive relief and appointment of a receiver on behalf of a public financial institution in a tenants-in-common commercial property dispute in North Carolina federal and state courts; defending a hedge fund in a breach of fiduciary duty dispute in Texas state court; obtaining dismissal of shareholder derivative suit on behalf of a public telecommunications company in NC federal court; defending multiple Sarbanes-Oxley claims in administrative court in Pennsylvania; arguing before the Eleventh Circuit in a product development dispute; and serving as lead counsel before the North Carolina Business Court on behalf of Bank of America in its recent shareholder derivative lawsuit relating to the acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

McDowell’s past reported decisions include:

  • Lentine v. FairPoint Communications, Inc. et al, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Docket No. 3:17-cv-00051
  • Johns v. Rexam Med. Packaging, Inc., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Docket No. 05-13469
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Charlotte Overlook Apts., LLC, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Docket No. 3:10-cv-411
  • Bace Int'l, Inc. v. Brentwood Capital Corp., U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Docket No. 3:04-cv-145-mu
  • Lowinger v. Johnston, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Docket No. 3:05-cv-316
  • Chubirko v. Better Bus. Bureau of Southern Piedmont, Inc., U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Docket No. 3:09-cv-502-w

McDowell has been recognized by Chambers Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Counsel of America, and Legal Elite for excellence in the practice of the law. Since 2016, McDowell has taught a Wintersession course at Duke University School of Law on "Internal Investigations". She was previously appointed by the judges of the Western District of North Carolina to serve on the Advisory Committee on Local Rules and currently serves as the General Counsel for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.


Of Note

  • Selected as a 2011 Leader in the Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • 2011 Women in Business Award Winner, presented by the Charlotte Business Journal
  • North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award Recipient, 2013
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, 2013-2018
  • Recognized in the 2010-2018 editions of Benchmark Litigation as a "Future Star"
  • Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in 2014-2018 and Rising Stars list in 2009-2013, for Business Litigation; Listed among the Top 25 attorneys in Charlotte and Top 50 women attorneys in 2017
  • Included in Chambers Partners USA in North Carolina- Litigation: General Commercial, 2012-2017
  • Panelist for 2010 "Women in Leadership Symposium," presented by the National Diversity Council
  • Named among the "50 Most Influential Women," presented by the Mecklenburg Times
  • Board Member, Arts and Science Council
  • Co-Chair, Arts and Science Council- Cultural Leadership Task Force, 2013-14
  • Board Member, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member, Council for Children's Rights
  • Former Board Member, Community Building Initiative
  • Former Co-Chair, Mecklenburg County Bar Sub-Committee on Diversity
  • Former Officer, John S. Leary Bar Association, Charlotte’s Chapter of the Black Lawyers Association
  • Former Board Member, Future Forum, Duke University School of Law
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Community Leadership Council, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation


Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Member, The Trial Law Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • John S. Leary Bar Association
  • National Bar Association