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 30 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 placed 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.

“My clients benefit from my extensive experience handling complex, multi-party litigation, often through trial. I enjoy the complexity and working with clients to develop the sophisticated litigation strategy required in this type of matter.”

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Education & Admissions

George Washington University – JD 1977
Order of the Coif

Stanford University – BA 1963
highest honors

North Carolina 2000
California 1980
Commonwealth of Virginia 1977

California Supreme Court
District of Columbia
Commonwealth of Virginia

NC State and Federal Courts
CA State and Federal Courts
US Courts of Appeals – 4th and 9th Circuits
Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

North Carolina Bar Association

Wake County Bar Association

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Commercial Litigation Section

Speaking & Publications

Mary routinely lectures to legal audiences on defense issues and on employment law as an expert on the subject. Writings and presentations include among others:

Co-author, Professional Malpractice and Economic Loss: Why Choice of Law Really Does Matter
Author, Privacy and the Freedom of Information Act, 27 Administrative Law Review 275,1975
Presenter, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2011 Annual Meeting


Appointed commissioner on the Human Rights Commission in Fairfax County, VA, 1975-1979 – the first such commission in a southern state.

Community Church of Chapel Hill, Vice Chair and board of directors, co-chair of the building committee responsible for $1.8 million in new construction and renovation.

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent® Peer Rated

Super Lawyers
NC Edition 2009 – Commercial Litigation

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