Maria’s practice focuses on representing companies in individual and complex products liability cases. Maria has experience in all stages of litigation in state and federal court, including fact investigation, expert witness preparation, motion practice, and trial. Maria has served on several trial and case teams that have consistently achieved positive results for their clients, including the defense of Engle-progeny smoking and health cases in Florida.
Pro bono work is important to Maria. She dedicates a significant amount of time representing parents and children in Family Court. She has particular experience in handling child abuse and neglect cases.
Before joining the firm, Maria served as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Topeka, Kansas, and a legal clerk for the University of Kansas Office of the General Counsel.
During law school, Maria won First Place Oralist at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and volunteered as a student attorney for Douglas County Legal Aid, representing indigent citizens in domestic relations cases and serving as public defender in municipal and juvenile courts. Maria was also a student ambassador, Dean's Fellow and Law School Merit Scholar.
Maria holds a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the University of Kansas. As an undergraduate, she worked as a senior account executive for The University Daily Kansan and was an account executive intern at Bernstein-Rein Advertising.