Maria Wusinich McCarthy specializes in serious injury, wrongful death and insurance coverage matters on behalf of individuals and families throughout California. Among the cases she has successfully helped litigate, Maria worked on behalf of victims of the tragic 2008 train collision in Chatsworth, California, serving on the court-appointed steering committee for all plaintiffs bringing actions. As a result of the two-and-a half year effort, $200 million was recovered.
Other cases that Maria has helped bring to a successful resolution include: a seven-figure settlement involving the wrongful death of a child exposed to chemicals in a hotel pool, $1 million for a teen denied behavioral health benefits under her insurance plan, and a seven-figure recovery for a client who was injured while shopping at a major retail store.
Maria was honored to be named a "Rising Star" in 2014 by Southern California Super Lawyers, a distinction reserved for only 2.5% of young lawyers in the state deemed to have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Maria attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she received a B.A. in Political Science. Maria received her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and served on the editorial board of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Maria worked in Washington DC on the legislative staff of a United States Senator.
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
- J.D. - 2005
- Honors: Witkin Award in a Constitutional Law - First Amendment Course
- James Madison University, Virginia
- B.A. - 1998
- Compulsory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses in the Employment Context after E.E.O.C. v. Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, 5 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L.J. 57, 2005
- Privacy and the First Amendment by Neville L. Johnson (assisted in writing and researching), California Litigation, Vol. 19 No. 2, 2006
Past Employment Positions
- United States Senate, Legislative Correspondent