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Maria represents individuals and employers in all aspects of employment litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Her practices focuses on advancing the rights of those who have been retaliated and/or discriminated on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, disability, sex, gender, religion,  sexual orientation, or other protected classes in violation of federal and state laws. She also handles retaliation cases involving protected First Amendment speech or whistleblowing activity. Maria regularly represents clients in employment related tort claims such as intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.

Prior to joining Mitchell & Sheahan, Maria worked at a boutique employment and civil rights law firm in Stamford where she also represented victims of civil rights violations, such as excessive force and false arrest. Maria began her career working primarily in the areas of federal commercial and civil litigation at a large Connecticut law firm.

Maria graduated from Tufts University, summa cum laude, where she was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from the George Washington University School of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court and Mock Trial Boards.

Maria clerked for the Honorable Holly B. Fitzsimmons, U.S.M.J of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Maria sits on the board of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, following her tenure as the organization’s president in 2012. In 2013, she was inducted as member of the Raymond E. Baldwin Inns of Court. She is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, the Fairfield County Bar Association, the Connecticut Employment Lawyer’s Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyer’s Association, and the National Employment Lawyer’s Association.

Maria has been in involved in numerous community and nonprofit organizations, including as a member of the Federal Court's Public Outreach Committee and as a board member of the Milford Fine Arts Council Board of Trustees. She is also an alumni mentor to rising law students.

Maria is admitted to practice before the Connecticut State Bar, the New York State Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

 

 

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