Maria practices in the areas of intellectual property, internet law, and commercial litigation, representing clients throughout the United States. She focuses her practice on assisting businesses in protecting their trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, information technology, and other intellectual property through preventative measures to avoid disputes and through litigation when disputes arise.
An accomplished author, she has recently published Protect Your Photographs: A Legal Guide for Photographers, and Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors. She has numerous articles and dozens of published court cases. Maria frequently speaks at seminars and workshops on intellectual property and internet law topics. She is a guest lecturer at Arizona State University and has appeared on radio and television providing legal commentary on intellectual property issues.
Maria is the past Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Arizona State Bar, and the past Chairperson of the E-commerce & Technology Section of the Arizona State Bar. She is a member of the International Trademark Association. Maria is on the American Arbitration National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.
Protecting intellectual property on the Web. Maria has successfully defended a controversial website in multiple lawsuits against it, dealing with complex intellectual property and free speech issues. In each case she forced the matter to be dropped, dismissed, or settled with the other side paying damages to her client.
Closing the page on an infringing publication. When a popular Utah magazine became the victim of copyright infringement and trade-secret theft, Maria stepped in to help, obtaining an injunction and damages and closing down the competing business within three months of filing the complaint.