Maria Jones

Associate

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2008, J.D., Hastings Law Journal, Notes Editor; American Indian Law Writing Competition, 3rd Place: “Defending Bear Butte: Past, Present, and an Uncertain Future in the Battle Against Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” Percy C. Towne Scholar; Wiley Manuel Scholar; Minority Corporate Counsel Association Fellow; American Indian Graduate Fellow; American Indian Chamber of Commerce Fellow; California Association of Black Lawyers Scholar; Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Scholar; Black Law Student Association, Co-President; Native American Law Student Association, Treasurer
  • University of California, Berkeley, 2005, M.A.
  • Pacific Lutheran University, 2004, B.A., cum laude, Club Scholar; Blackfeet Higher Education Scholar; Dean’s List; Academic Track & Field All-Conference

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Maria is a member of the Financial Industries Group. She defends clients in both complex commercial and financial services litigation matters. She focuses on class action, unfair competition and business practices, false advertising, fraud, and breach of contract claims. She also represents clients in complex construction litigation matters.

In addition, Maria’s experience includes a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, corporate formation and governance, and other general corporate representation.

Maria maintains a strong pro bono practice, including acting as counsel for several non-profit organizations.

Employment History

  • 2011 - Reed Smith
  • 2009 - Gordon & Rees LLP
  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 2008 - Extern, Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • 2007 - Reed Smith - Summer Associate
  • 2006 - Raza Immigration Clinic – Legal Intern
  • 2006 - Microsoft Corporation, Entertainment & Devices – Legal Intern
  • 2005 - ACCESS, Superior Court of California – Legal Intern

Honors & Awards

  • Lawyers of Color, Inc., 2014 Hotlist Honoree

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • National Native American Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly, Representative
  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, Programming Chair
  • Lambda Legal, San Francisco Leadership Committee

Interests

Maria is from Montana and is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Indian Nation. She enjoys skiing, fishing, and supporting the Seattle Seahawks.