Georgetown University Law Center,
J.D., cum laude, 2004
B.A., Woodrow Wilson School, magna cum laude, 2000
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
Missouri USDC, Western District
Illinois USDC, Southern District
US Ct Appeals, 8th Circuit (Covers AR, IA, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
Missouri Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
American Bar Association
Included in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list, 2009-Present
Thompson Coburn LLP
Summer Associate, 2002, 2003
Christie's Auction House
Legal & Appraisal Intern, 2000
Department of Intergovernmental Affairs Intern, 1998
As an experienced litigator in Missouri courts and beyond, Maria has achieved significant results for clients in the banking litigation and fiduciary litigation arenas.
In her national banking litigation practice, Maria has first- and second-chaired multiple jury and bench trials in Missouri state and federal courts, and in courts across the country. She helps banks navigate class action and complex litigation involving lender liability, consumer mortgages, and asset-backed securities. Maria has disposed of claims through motions to dismiss, summary judgment motions, and successful appeals to the 8th Circuit and the Missouri Supreme Court, and secured multimillion-dollar awards for her clients.
Maria is a visible and respected member of the probate and trust bar in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, and represents banks, nonprofit and charitable organizations and individuals in probate and trust disputes. She counsels both trustees and beneficiaries alike in suits involving issues of fiduciary liability, will and trusts contests, discovery of assets proceedings, trust construction suits and claims in an estate.