New York, NY
Maria has been litigating a wide variety of complex cases for almost 20 years. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes, antitrust, products liability, securities fraud, and defamation cases, and white-collar criminal defense matters in federal and state courts and arbitrations around the country. Maria has experience with trials and appeals and has trained as a mediator with the American Arbitration Association.
Maria Gorecki earned her B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Oregon State University in 1994, and in 1997 she earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she served as a Senior Staff Editor for the Environmental Law Journal. She is admitted to practice in New York and Colorado.
Maria began her legal career at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP in New York City, where she focused on securities fraud, insurance, and white-collar defense. In 1999, she joined the Portland, Oregon office of Stoel Rives LLP, where she represented businesses in a variety of commercial disputes and white-collar criminal cases.
In 2001, she returned to New York City and joined Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, and she became a partner in 2006. Maria’s notable representations include: representing two magazine wholesalers in their antitrust actions; representing Donald Trump in a high-profile defamation action against a New York Times reporter and book publisher; representing chemical manufacturers in toxic tort cases and successfully obtaining summary judgment of failure-to- warn claims under federal preemption; representing a litigation trust formed from the bankruptcy of one of the nation’s largest commodities brokerage firms and freezing roughly $1 billion of a foreign bank’s assets; representing a liquidation trust arising from a massive Ponzi scheme causing more than $500 million in damages; and representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a trial defending against claims arising from the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
In 2014, Maria moved to Colorado with her family and resigned from the partnership. In 2015, Maria was admitted to the Colorado Bar and joined Montage Legal Group’s network of freelance lawyers.