Biography

Maria's practice centers on commercial lending documentation, secured transactions and representing creditors in bankruptcy matters, including defending preference and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions.

For more than a decade, she has represented a major technology company based in the Northwest, serving as lead counsel in preference and fraudulent transfer adversary proceeding actions filed in bankruptcy courts throughout the country. Maria also advises national banks on existing loans and bonds and has represented financial institutions in a wide range of large transactions with values up to $67.5 million, including tax-exempt bond acquisitions, commercial loan documentation with complex collateral, modification agreements and syndicated loan documentation.

Maria was selected to serve as a panel mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Washington. She has also testified as an expert on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the provisions governing the sales of goods.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Maria was a principal with Riddell Williams. 

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Maria served on the Board of Directors of King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. She also volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children through the King County Juvenile Courts and served on the Board of Directors for New Beginnings, an agency providing shelter and advocacy for battered women and their children.

Maria has served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching UCC Sales and Secured Transactions and is a regular speaker at CLEs, presenting on secured lending and bankruptcy topics. In addition, Maria was co-editor of the ABA's Business Law Section Uniform Commercial Code and Consumer Financial Services newsletters from 2006 to 2008.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Washington's "Super Lawyers Rising Stars" (2004-2009)
  • Dependency CASA of the Year Award (2008)