Maria Christina Severson

  • Partner


San Diego, CA





Maria (Mia) Severson is an experienced trial lawyer. With 15 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.

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 Los Angeles County Bar, San Diego County Bar, Judicial Evaluation Committee of the San Diego Bar Association, San Diego Business Trial Lawyers, and National Association of Women Business Owners.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
  • Antitrust Law
  • 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
  • Securities Law
  • 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


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D.
  • Iona College, New Rochelle, New York
    • B.B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Marketing

Classes / Seminars

  • Credit Derivatives, San Diego County Bar Association, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Business Trial Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

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

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