As a veteran personal injury lawyer, Maryanne approaches cases with tenacity. Her efforts have been described by judges, mediators, and opposing counsel as “impactful,” “moving,” and “focused.” Maryanne’s clients are typically individuals and families who have sustained serious injuries or deaths. Maryanne uses her compassion to channel and explain their losses to the decision-makers – insurance adjusters, opposing counsel, and juries.
In addition to her civil trial cases, Maryanne has performed appellate work, including briefing for Ramirez v. Nelson (2008) 44 Cal.4th 908. Involvement in cases like this, from beginning to appellate outcome, gave her a holistic outlook and ability to foresee and avoid complex legal challenges in cases.
Maryanne has served as Plaintiff magazine’s Editor-in-Chief since 2010. She has also applied her detail-oriented nature in other areas. Notably, she developed several prominent law firms’ websites, newsletters, and other firm materials.
A University of San Francisco School of Law graduate, Maryanne was a member of the U.S.F. Law Review. She authored “Intellectual Reserve, Inc. v. Utah Lighthouse Ministry, Inc.: Fair Use, the First Amendment, and the Freedom to Link,” 35 U.S.F. L. Rev. 83 (2000), and co-authored “Stay Off My Cyber property! Trespass to Chattels on the Internet,” 6 U.S.F. Intellectual Property L. Bulletin 12 (Spring 2001). Maryanne’s pro bono work in law school included teaching Public International Law in Phnom Penh, Cambodia through U.S.F.’s Center for Law & Global Justice.
Maryanne obtained dual undergraduate degrees, from U.C. Berkeley, in Economics and Political Economy of Natural Resources, while also rowing on the Cal Women’s Crew Team. She later earned her Master of Science in Environment and Development from the University of London.
Born and raised in Palo Alto, California, Maryanne has spent most of her life living in the San Francisco Bay Area – with the exception of a three-year stint working for the Japanese government in Miyazaki, Japan. She now lives in San Francisco with her two children and her husband (who also happens to be one of her law partners).