Valerie B. Calistro serves as Managing Partner of Ventura Law, and currently concentrates in Personal Injury Law, with a focus on the representation of victims of sexual assault, including minors, and traumatic brain injuries.
Attorney Calistro has represented thousands of clients in civil cases throughout Connecticut and New York, in the State and Federal Courts of these States, as well as in arbitrations throughout the United States in International Trade matters.
As a personal injury attorney, she has successfully represented and settled thousands of civil cases, several with values in excess of one million dollars.
Attorney Calistro was one of the founding partners of Ventura Law former branch office in the World Trade Center, New York City, where she litigated international trade cases in the Federal Courts of New York for several years.
She also represented, pro bono, a victim of the World Trade Center, who survived the September 11, 2001 attacks. She was nationally recognized for her volunteer efforts in this regard.
One of the founding partners at Ventura Law, Attorney Calistro divides her time between the firm’s New York and Danbury offices.
Attorney Calistro speaks French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
- “Top 100 trial Lawyers,” National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
- “Certificate of Appreciation,” Connecticut Bar Association, 2014, for pro bono service to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
- J.D., New York Law School
- B.A., Economics & Modern Languages, Fairfield University
- Advanced Certification (French), Alliance Francais
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- Danbury Bar Association
- American Association of Justice, Leaders Forum
- National Crime Victims Bar Association
Publications and presentations
- “Mediation and Issues of Secrecy and Confidentiality and Sexual Abuse Cases,” Trial Magazine, American Bar Association, 2014
- Panelist, “Mediating the High Profile Controversy,” American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution National Forum, Washington, D.C., April 24, 2013. Discussion of high-profile sexual assault and abuse cases, mass torts, and litigation arising from the BP Oil Spill and Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Work in the community
Calistro leads the firm’s community outreach efforts, working on committees organizing charitable events benefiting the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, the Hispanic Center of Danbury, Ct, the Dorothy Day Foundation, the Community Action Center of Danbury, the Community Outreach Committee, and Literacy Volunteers of America.
She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wendy Hilliard Foundation, benefiting unprivileged youth in New York City, and is a volunteer with New York Cares and Literacy Volunteers in New York City.
Calistro serves on the Women’s Business Council Steering Committee for the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. The WBC was established in 2010 as a resource for the personal and professional growth of women in the Greater Danbury community and, to further inspire and celebrate women through a collective network of guidance, education, support and leadership.