Maria Fox joined MittelAsen in November 2013 to continue to build her practice as an employment lawyer, mediator and independent investigator. She has practiced employment law for over 15 years. Prior to joining MittelAsen, Maria ran a solo practice for 7 years after relocating to Maine from Seattle, Washington, to be closer to family. In Seattle, Maria was a partner of the law firm of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless where her practice focused primarily on employment and civil rights litigation.
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, retaliation for whistle blowing, non-payment of wages and overtime, breach of contract and non-competition agreements, and more. She has negotiated countless employment contracts and severance agreements. 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 and supervisor best practices. In addition, Maria offers private mediation in employment, business and family related disputes and serves as a mediator for the Maine Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Maine Labor Relations Board, and CADRES. She also serves as an independent investigator of workplace issues for employers faced with difficult or highly sensitive personnel matters.
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 lives in Portland with her husband, Mark and their two daughters, Devyn and Kendall. She grew up in Quebec and still speaks some French.
For more information about Maria's employment law and mediation practice, please see www.mariafoxlaw.com