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Maria Severson

Maria Severson - San Diego Personal Injury AttorneyMaria (Mia) Severson is an experienced trial lawyer that strives to solve her clients problems in whatever form they appear. With 20 years of private and public practice, she has litigated complex matters involving fraud, unfair business practices, pension and labor matters, land use and environmental matters, and matters with damages over $100 million. She represents high profile clients in matters of national and local significance. Maria fights for her clients, big and small, seeking justice and results.


Just prior to forming the partnership, Ms. Severson was the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego, personally litigating major cases and overseeing all litigation involving the City.

She is a member of the San Diego County Bar, and sits on the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the San Diego Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Financial and Personal Injury
  • Securities Law
  • Fraud
  • Business Litigation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Lending & Secured Transactions
  • State & Municipal Bonds & Financing
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Franchising
  • Secured Transactions
  • Freedom of Information
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Defects
  • Employment Law — Employee
  • Employment Discrimination — Employee
  • Wage & Hour Laws — Employee
  • Wrongful Termination — Employee
  • Energy Law
  • Public Utilities
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Private Placements
  • Securities Fraud & Insider Trading
  • Asbestos

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2000


  • Juris Doctorate. California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
  • Iona College, New Rochelle, New York


  • Credit Derivatives, San Diego County Bar Association, 2009 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (former)
  • American Business Trial Lawyers (former)

Past Employment Positions

  • San Diego City Attorneys Office, Chief Deputy City Attorney, Trial Unit, 1998 – 2008
  • Blumenthal Ostroff Markham, Senior Associate, 1994 – 1998

Personal Facts

  • Maria is a runner, always working towards personal bests.