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Maria Stearns, a Partner with Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Orange County’s largest full-service law firm, has been named one of California’s top women lawyers for 2014 by the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal news provider. On May 7, Maria was featured in a special edition of the Daily Journal newspaper and honored at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. As the firm’s youngest female equity partner, what distinguishes Maria is the multi-faceted aspect of her practice representing employers in all areas of labor and employment, including: wage and hour class actions; discrimination/harassment litigation; agency proceedings; labor law/collective-bargaining; preventative counseling; and management training. Maria is a frequent public speaker, including at an annual presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel in Los Angeles and Orange County. Maria is a committed community leader; she is founder and President of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance, a Board Member for the Orange County Bar Foundation (non-profit serving at-risk youth), and provides pro bono legal advice to non-profits. Maria is also on the Board of Governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County) and a member of the National Human Resources Association. Maria has been ranked a Southern California “Super Lawyer” 2014 and Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, 2010-2013. Maria earned her law degree at Harvard Law School in 2002, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1999, summa cum laude, where she was a full-scholarship varsity tennis player and honored as NCAA Woman of the Year.
May 12, 2014