Mary is an accomplished trial lawyer, having served as lead defense counsel in what was, at the time, the largest civil litigation ever tried in United States history. For more than 25 years, Mary has been trying cases in California, North Carolina and other states. In 2012, Mary took a malpractice case against a major national accounting firm to verdict in a four week trial in the North Carolina Business Court.
Mary has a solid record of accomplishment in a variety of practice areas including products liability, business claims, employment issues and environmental and toxic torts. She has successfully handled cases involving lead and other environmental contaminations and remains involved in a significant water contamination matter in California.
Mary became interested in the law when she began advocating for the rights of neglected and abused children. She worked closely with a Washington, D.C. non-profit to close an institution housing neglected children and place them in foster homes. She also worked on a subsidized adoption law to help children find adoptive placements. Today, Mary continues her volunteerism with various non-profits and other organizations in her community.
Publications and Presentations
Mary routinely lectures to legal audiences on defense issues and on employment law as an expert on the subject. She is the co-author, Professional Malpractice and Economic Loss: Why Choice of Law Really Does Matter, 2011 and presenter at Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2011 Annual Meeting, and author of Privacy and the Freedom of Information Act, 27 Administrative Law Review 275, 1975, among others.
Previous Legal Experience
Daniels, Fine, Israel & Schonbuch, Los Angeles, CA, of Counsel
Daniels, Baratta & Fine, Los Angeles, CA, Partner
Acret & Perrochet, Los Angeles, CA, Associate Attorney
Counsel to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C.