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Maria Stearns 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

 
David Benavides David Benavides has been named Executive Director of KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that now serves over 800 children, teens and parents through weekly programs and over 4,000 community members... Read More
February 25, 2015
James Le Communications expert James Le has been promoted to Marketing Director at Newport Beach, California-based nonprofit Project Access, which strives to be the leading provider of vital on-site health, ed... Read More
February 25, 2015
Steven Casselberry Steven Casselberry of Michelman & Robinson will moderate a Banking Leaders CEO Panel for the RMA OC (www.rmaoc.org) on Thursday, March 19, 11:30 am at the Pacific Club, Newport Beach. Register online ... Read More
February 19, 2015
William Tran Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C., a leading transactional and litigation law firm based in Irvine, is pleased to announce that William Q. Tran has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Tran’s practice focuses... Read More
February 18, 2015
Phillip Ohler An experienced telecommunications executive based in Las Vegas, Phillip Ohler has assumed the role of director of business development for ARQ, an award-winning company that designs, installs and main... Read More
February 12, 2015
Andrew Mar Fish & Tsang LLP announces the addition of Andrew Mar as an associate attorney to the firm’s expanding IP practice. Mar has nearly a decade of IP legal experience and specializes in prosecuting patent... Read More
February 10, 2015
Erika Griggs Tustin-based Coreland Companies is proud to announce the promotion of Erika Griggs to Controller. With extensive property management and financial analysis experience, Griggs will oversee all property... Read More
February 06, 2015