Maria Crimi Speth

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Maria practices in the areas of intellectual property, internet law, and commercial litigation, representing clients throughout the United States. She focuses her practice on assisting businesses in protecting their trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, information technology, and other intellectual property through preventative measures to avoid disputes and through litigation when disputes arise.

An accomplished author, she has recently published Protect Your Photographs: A Legal Guide for Photographers, and Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors. She has numerous articles and dozens of published court cases. Maria frequently speaks at seminars and workshops on intellectual property and internet law topics. She is a guest lecturer at Arizona State University and has appeared on radio and television providing legal commentary on intellectual property issues.

Maria is the past Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Arizona State Bar, and the past Chairperson of the E-commerce & Technology Section of the Arizona State Bar. She is a member of the International Trademark Association. Maria is on the American Arbitration National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.

Professional Experience

  • Arizona State Bar Association, past chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Faculty member of the Internationally Acclaimed CEO Space Forums 
  • Member of American Arbitration Association®’s Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators
  • International Trademark Association
  • Arizona State Bar Association, past chair of E-commerce and Technology Section
  • Member of the International Trademark Association2019
  • Chair Elect of the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix (non-profit), Board of Directors

Case Highlights

Protecting intellectual property on the Web. Maria has successfully defended a controversial website in multiple lawsuits against it, dealing with complex intellectual property and free speech issues. In each case she forced the matter to be dropped, dismissed, or settled with the other side paying damages to her client.

Closing the page on an infringing publication. When a popular Utah magazine became the victim of copyright infringement and trade-secret theft, Maria stepped in to help, obtaining an injunction and damages and closing down the competing business within three months of filing the complaint.

Education
  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Hofstra University, cum laude, 1985
Bar Admissions
  • New York, 1988
  • Arizona, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
Awards & Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America -Technology Law, Lawyer of the Year 2016 & 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America -Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Technology Law, Information and Technology Law, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Best Lawyers Women in the Law, 2017
  • Southwest Super Lawyer -Arizona, 2011, 2012 and 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigator
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Platinum, 2021, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • AVVO Rated - Superb
  • Arizona Business Leader -Intellectual Property Law, AZ Big Media, 2019
  • Member of American Arbitration Association®’s Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Recognition of Excellence as Litigation Council of America Fellow
  • Voted Best Intellectual Property Law Firm by Arizona Foothills Magazine

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Best Lawyers Award Badge

AAA Panel Member 2015

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Litigation Counsel of America

America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

Community Involvement
  • YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix (non-profit), Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors
  • Arizona State Bar Association, past chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Arizona State Bar Association, past chair of E-commerce and Technology Section
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member of American Arbitration Association®’s Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Presents seminars for the State Bar of Arizona, The Arizona Small Business Association, The Inventors' Association of Arizona, National Business Institute, and Lorman Education Services, on intellectual property, internet, and trademark protection
  • Faculty member of the Internationally Acclaimed CEO Space Forums
  • Guest speaker on TV and radio, addressing intellectual property protection topics
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What Our Client's Say

Maria Speth has been representing our companies for almost ten years. When people ask about my attorney, I always say that if I had 4 sets of new radial tires, I would wear out every one of them, and would still not find someone as talented and with as much integrity as Maria. I have used attorneys for more than 30 years and Jaburg Wilk is the only firm I trust with all of our legal needs. Their legal staff is creative and they all know how to think outside the box, never missing a trick…all a must when doing business on the Internet
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