Maria Roberts is an employment and business litigator who represents and counsels employers throughout California in all aspects of employment‐related issues and business disputes. Based on her 25 years of legal experience, including trying 35 cases to defense verdict, Maria is uniquely positioned to counsel employers on aspects of management and human resources, policies and procedures, as well as training programs for effective leadership and enhancing employee relations. Her proactive approaches to litigation prevention include wage and hour audits, legal updates and methods for identifying and addressing workplace challenges.
When litigation is unavoidable, her proven track record defending thousands of cases enables her to identify and implement strategies necessary to achieve optimal results in every case. Maria has also handled many putative class and representative actions, employing unique and aggressive strategies to defeat class certification in every case. In the past 14 months Maria has defeated class certification, won summary judgment and obtained orders dismissing putative class actions in cases alleging wage and hour violations on a class-wide basis.
Maria’s expertise includes wage and hour disputes, claims for wrongful/constructive termination, discrimination (race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age), harassment, retaliation, non‐compete disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of employment contracts, FLSA, Title VII and complaints filed before the California Labor Commissioner, DFEH and EEOC.
Maria has also served as General Counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, and regularly serves as outside employment counsel for clients who, combined, employ more than 50,000 employees. This experience has allowed Maria to gain a unique perspective regarding what matters most to companies in avoiding and defending litigation that outside attorneys lack.
Chindarah v. Pick Up Stix (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 796;
County of San Diego v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance Company, et al., 103
Cal.App.4th 1335 (2002);
Home Savings of America v. Continental Insurance Company, 87 Cal.App.4th
A Template for Class Denial in California, Employment Law 360, November 2012
California Supreme Court Nixes Employees’ Rights to Recover Attorney’s Fees in
Meal and Rest Break Claims, May 2012
Supreme Court Rules on Brinker, April 2012
A Customized Approach to Preventing Wage & Hour Claims, January 2011
Using Anti‐SLAPP Motions in Employment Cases, Los Angeles Daily Journal,
A Silver Bullet Against Wage and Hour Actions, Employment Law 360, July
President, Thomas More Society, San Diego Chapter (2010)
Board of Directors, Casa Cornelia Law Center (2004‐2005)
Board of Directors, International Relief Teams (2005‐2006)