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Maria Fox is a partner at the law firm of MittelAsen, LLC in Portland, Maine. She has practiced employment law for over 20 years. Over the last 10 years, Maria has also provided neutral services including mediation, arbitration and independent investigation.

Maria provides legal consultation and representation before administrative tribunals as well as in state and federal court, to employees and employers in all manner of workplace disputes, including allegations of wrongful termination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, non-payment of wages and overtime, breach of contract and non-competition agreements, and more. She has negotiated countless employment contracts and severance agreements, and has experience working with high level employees, including CEO's and School Superintendents. She also regularly troubleshoots with her employer clients regarding matters such as disability accommodation, managing internal employee complaints and leaves of absence, and whether and how to terminate an employee. Maria drafts and refines employee handbooks and she provides preventative training for employers, including anti-harassment, reasonable accommodations in the workplace, and supervisor best practices. In addition, Maria offers private mediation and arbitration in labor and employment matters, and she serves as a mediator for the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Maine Labor Relations Board, and Maine's Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. She serves on the Employment Arbitration Panel and the Labor and Employment Mediator Panel for the American Arbitration Association. Maria has experience facilitating high stakes communications and negotiations in internal workplace disputes. She also serves as an independent investigator of workplace issues for employers faced with difficult or highly sensitive personnel matters. Maria's clients include employers and employees in all types of public and private settings, including healthcare entities, non-profit organizations, schools (pre-K through higher education), factories, law firms.

Maria is admitted to practice law in Maine's State and Federal Courts. She earned her Juris Doctor in 1997 from Northeastern University School of Law, in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1996, she served as a legal extern for the Honorable Eugene Wright, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Maria graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York in 1991. Maria has extensive mediation training, including more than 60 hours with Mediation Works, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. Maria has been a presenter regarding employment and alternative dispute resolution topics for professional organizations such as the Maine Association of Mediators and the Maine State Bar Association, and she has served a mediation coach for other mediators in training at the University of Maine Systems.

For more information about Maria's employment law and mediation practice, please contact her at (207) 775-3101 or mfox@mittelasen.com