Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1991
Suffolk University, Boston, MA, B.A., Communications, cum laude, 1988
Admissions to Practice
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, Member (2008-present); Chair (2010-2011)
Women’s Bar Foundation, President (2010); President-elect (2009); Vice President (2008); Secretary (2007); Trustee (2006-present)
Boston Bar Association, Member, Criminal Law Section Steering Committee (1999-2008; 2012); Editor, Criminal Law Section Newsletter (1998-2003)
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Hearing Committee Member (2002-2008)
Member, American Bar Association, New England Region White Collar Crime Section
Member, Special Committee on Ethics in Public Service (1999-2000)
MassCourts Information Technology Project Advisory Board, Administrative Office of the Trial Court, Criminal Standing Committee (2001-2002)
Awards and Recognitions
Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women in Massachusetts" Super Lawyers (2012-2013)
New England Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense - White Collar (2009-2014)
Boston's Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense - White Collar and Non-White Collar (2011-2012)
Best Lawyers in America, a peer review publication (2008-2013)
Litigation Counsel of America, Elected to Fellowship by peers (2009)
Named to the Benchmark Litigation "Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys" (2009)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2012)
Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence
Panelist, "Healthcare Fraud and False Claims Act," ABA 28th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (2014)
Moderator, “Health Care Fraud,” Boston Bar Association (2007)
Panelist, “Off-label Prosecutions: Cutting Edge Issues in Healthcare Law,” American Bar Association Northeast Region, (2006)
Panelist, “Internal Investigations,” Northeast Corporate Counsel Association (2006)
Panelist, “Internal Investigations and Mutual Funds,” Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education,(2004)
Moderator, “Bars, Bracelets and Halfway Houses,” Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (1999)
Publications and Press
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Litigation and Dispute Resolution 2013, co-author of Massachusetts Chapter
Massachusetts Election Administration, Campaign Finance and Lobby Law Chapter 21 - Federal/State Issues (MCLE 2000)
Massachusetts Election Administration, Campaign Finance and Lobbying Law Chapter 26 - Recent Developments in Federal Law (MCLE 2000)
The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act and Private Employment Litigation
“Inside Politics: Movers and Shakers, Defense Attorneys Q&A,” Campaigns & Elections (August 2006)
“The Cutting Edge: 1998’s 10 Most Important Changes in Federal and State Court,” Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Newsletter (Winter 1999)
“Supreme Judicial Court Increases Burden on Defendants Seeking to Vacate Prior Convictions in Federal Sentencing Enhancement Context,” Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Newsletter (Spring 1998)
“SJC Upholds Temporary Suspension of Attorneys Under Indictment,” Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Newsletter (October 1997)
“The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act and Private Employment Litigation,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 1996) (reprinted in The Best of MCLE Journal, November 1996)
Pro Bono / Community Service
Represented numerous indigent clients, providing legal services to low-income women through programs sponsored by the Women’s Bar Foundation
Maria R. Durant
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Clients and Industries
During her career, Maria has represented many different companies, executives, and professionals, as well as governmental and non-profit entities. She has also served clients in a wide variety of industries, including health care, medical device manufacturing, financial services, environmental services, real estate developments and sales, and water services and water treatment.
Practice Areas and Experience
Maria is a partner at Collora LLP, where she currently co-chairs the firm's Hiring Committee. She focuses her practice on business litigation, white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations.
Individuals and companies have sought her counsel in a wide variety of civil business matters, including complex contract disputes, brokerage disputes, and disagreements relating to mergers and acquisitions.
She has also represented companies and individuals in a broad range of criminal defense matters involving allegations of fraud, securities violations, non-compliance with health care regulations, and public corruption. In addition, she has successfully handled responses to investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement and government regulators.
Professional Experience Outside of Collora LLP
Maria has been associated with the Firm for over 20 years, with a brief sabbatical in 1998 when she served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
Sample of Results in Practice *
Member of trial team responsible for securing jury verdict awarding global healthcare client additional $95 million tax deduction for ordinary and necessary business expenses related to civil False Claims Act settlement.
Appointed as new lead trial counsel on the eve of a trial related to multi-year litigation involving complex commercial lease dispute. Achieved a favorable pre-trial resolution to greatly reduce the original settlement demand, avoiding a multi-million dollar risk at trial.
Won multi-million dollar federal court verdict as lead counsel for a domestic subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar international company involved in a complex commercial agreement dispute. Maria’s client won despite a previous indictment and conviction of the client’s local manager in connection alleged wrongdoing related to the contract. Case involved issues of first impression under the Uniform Procurement Act in Massachusetts.
Lead attorney responsible for conducting internal investigation and negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency concerning client's certification and branding of ENERGY STAR label on distributed products; negotiations resulted in no government action against the client.
Represented corporate controller of telecommunications company in joint investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office and SEC/Washington concerning alleged backdating of stock options; investigation concluded without any governmental action against client.
Represented only defendant to receive a non-incarceration sentence in a 13-defendant, complex money laundering and wire fraud case.
Successfully defeated indictment of well-established construction company in false claims grand jury investigation.
Successfully defended president of medical products division of a leading medical device company against multi-count felony indictment alleging healthcare fraud. Resolved the case through dismissal of all felony counts and a plea to a misdemeanor violation.
Represented individual who was one of six people under investigation for alleged violations of federal securities laws relating to fraud. Maria’s client was not even indicted while four other defendants were indicted and convicted after trial.
* This sampling of cases represents a selected, small portion of this lawyer’s total experience, and past performance is not intended to be a representation of likely future results, which must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Maria can provide a substantial list of citations to cases in which she was counsel of record upon request.
Maria is passionate about providing service to her chosen profession, spending a fair amount of her time outside of work in service to the bar and to indigent clients. She is also passionate about providing service to her commercial clients, valuing the level of trust and confidence they have consistently placed in her.