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Attorney

Biography

Maria maintains a diverse civil litigation practice that includes the following types of cases:

  • Product Liability (dangerous products, medical devices and prescription drugs)
  • Personal Injury (auto accidents and slip-and-fall cases)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse cases
  • Construction Accidents
  • Employment Discrimination Claims
  • Civil Rights Cases (false arrest and excessive force cases)
  • Civil Remedies for Crime Victims
  • Veterans’ Benefits Claims
  • Toxic Exposures
  • Contract Disputes
  • Federal Employers Liability Act cases

Before joining Goldberg, Goldberg & Janoski, Maria practiced in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey and focused her practice on complex litigation, including pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts, environmental tort cases, and occupational chemical exposure cases.

Born and raised outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Maria is a cum laude graduate of Widener University School of Law – Wilmington Campus.  While at Widener, Maria was named a Widener Merit Scholar, served as an associate editor of the Widener Law Review, and was selected for membership in the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society.  She also interned at the Widener University Veterans Law Clinic, volunteered at the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Clinic, and worked as a research assistant to Andrew Strauss, Esquire, Distinguished Professor of Law.  Maria also was a Wilmington Campus finalist in the Widener University Hugh B. Pearce Mock Trial Competition and represented Widener at the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition.

Before law school, Maria worked as a paralegal and legal secretary.  She attended night classes during this time and earned a masters degree in criminal justice from Marywood University.  Her thesis, entitled Treatment and Punishment:  A Qualitative Evaluation of the Lackawanna County Adult Treatment Court, was nominated for the Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Research.  While at Marywood, Maria was selected for membership in multiple honor societies.  Maria also holds a bachelors degree in English from Cornell University.  While at Cornell, she was named to the National Dean’s List and served as president of the Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

Maria is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and in the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.  She is also an accredited veterans benefits attorney and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Chester County Bar Association and the nationally recognized Temple American Inn of Court.

Maria resides in Downingtown and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Friends of West Goshen Parks, Inc.  In her spare time, Maria enjoys reading, jazz music, running, and hiking.  Maria also volunteers with Chester County Wills for Heroes and as a judge for high school, college and law school mock trial competitions.

 

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Pennsylvania Bar, New Jersey Bar, United States District Court,for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
EDUCATION
  • Widener University School of Law – Cum Laude
  • Marywood University – Masters in Criminal Justice
  • Cornell University, A.B., English
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • Widener Merit Scholar
  • Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society – member
  • Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Clinic – volunteer
  • Widener University Hugh B. Pearce Mock Trial Competition – Wilmington Campus finalist
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Chester County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Co-Chair
  • Temple American Inn of Court
  • Board of Directors for The Friends of West Goshen Parks, Inc.
FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES
  • Former President, Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority