As a construction litigator, Maria’s goal is to get her clients through the litigation process as successfully as possible. This means being thoroughly informed about the client’s business, the dispute at hand, the applicable law, and the construction project at issue. She strives to communicate clearly with her clients, in whatever fashion and frequency works for them.
Maria also strives to win. She’s obsessive about careful research, thorough preparation, and above all, crystal-clear writing. The experience of drafting judicial opinions for a federal judge to review made this a paramount skill, together with economy and precision in research and drafting. Maria brings these capabilities to power her advocacy and she is especially skilled and effective at motion practice. With her writing, analytical, and research abilities, Maria can often provide her clients with a major strategic advantage right from the outset.
Finally, as a practitioner, Maria prioritizes her energetic service to her clients above all—working to be as profoundly prepared as she is ethically and morally sound. In her spare time, she enjoys every conceivable outdoor activity, from hiking glaciers to running, kayaking, rock climbing, and biking. She also says she “will jump off of or out of anything high,” and enjoys doing things like parasailing. Compared to that, a summary judgment argument is a piece of cake.
Licenses and Certifications
- Supreme Court of Texas (2016)
- Admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western (2017), Eastern (2018), Northern (2018), and Southern (2018) Districts of Texas
- Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2019)
- Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (2020)
- Admitted to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Court (2020)
Industry Involvement and Memberships
- State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section | Member (Present)
- State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law Section | Member (Present)
- J.D., magna cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law (2016)
- B.S., University of Arkansas Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences (2006)