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                Maria Scheuring, Esq.


 I am a skilled Contract, Trial and Appellate Attorney with more than 21 years of experience as a Litigator for Major Insurance Companies, Corporations, Medical Facilities, and the District Attorney's Office.  My professional expertise in all forms of litigation and contracts,  including Matrimonial, Guardianships and Music Law, make me an ideal candidate to represent many different Companies, Clients and Law Firms in any legal capacity.

RECENT ACHIEVMENTS:

Since 2018, I have been the Executive Music Director for the Alive After Five Festival in Patchogue, New York, where I choose bands to perform over four nights in the summer on stages sponsored by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and Blue Point Brewery.  I personally negotiated, drafted and executed all the contracts between the Musicians and the Sponsors.  Each of the Festival nights averaged 20,000 to 30,000 attendees.  

I am a Philosophy Professor at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York, and currently concentrate in Ethics courses.  

In October 2018 and 2019, presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the Suffolk County Pro Bono Foundation, Nassau Suffolk Law Services, and the Suffolk County Bar Association for contribution of time, efforts, expertise and service to the Suffolk Pro Bono Project.

Presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the Suffolk County Pro Bono Foundation, Nassau Suffolk Law Services, and the Suffolk County Bar Association for contribution of time, efforts, expertise and service to the Suffolk Pro Bono Project, in June 2017.

In April of 2017, I was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Month by  Nassau Suffolk Law Services, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Pro Bono Foundation.

Since 2015, The LAW OFFICE OF MARIA SCHEURING, has been a Certified Women Business Enterprise  (WBE) by Suffolk County, as a Woman-Owned, Controlled and Operated provider of Legal Services. 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

 

The LAW OFFICE OF MARIA SCHEURING (formerly "the Law Office of Maria Scheuring-Elbert") was founded in August 2013.  I concentrate in areas of Music Law, Matrimonial and Divorce, Guardianship and Fiduciary, Contracts, and all areas of litigation and appeal.  I was previously a Founding Partner with Elbert & Elbert, L.L.P. for 10 years, located in Mineola, New York.  With Elbert & Elbert, L.L.P. I concentrated in the areas of Insurance Defense and No-Fault Litigation for a number of Major Insurance Carriers and I personally won hundreds of cases. Moreover, I handled matters of Workers' Compensation, collection, housing, personal injury and Criminal Law.  I was also a Small Claims Court Arbitrator in New Rochelle City Court.

 

Prior to my founding of the two law firms, I was an Associate Attorney at a number of Law Firms in the New York City Area that concentrated in Plaintiff's No-Fault Litigation, Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Personal Injury, as well as Corporate General Insurance Defense Work for cases involving municipalities, large international corporations, construction, aviation, products liability, wrongful death, and complex toxic tort litigation.  In each of these positions, I made daily court appearances and as well as conducted arbitrations, depositions, negotiations and heavy motion practice.  I personally handled hundreds of cases and clients at a time. 

 

Immediately after graduating law school in 1998, I worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney, Bronx, New York.  As an ADA, I managed a caseload of 80 to 140 cases at a time, conducted pre-trial hearings, trials, arraignments, and witness and Police Officer interviews daily. I investigated and evaluated felony and misdemeanor cases, drafted motions, and gathered evidence to prosecute criminal cases in the Bronx.  During Law School, I also worked as a Law Intern in the Felony Trial Division where I second-sat homicide and felony trials.

 

During Law School, I was fortunate enough to work as a Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable Gerald Sheindlin, Supreme Court Judge in Bronx County, where I drafted decisions for felony cases, researched procedural, substantive and administrative law, and observed Felony Criminal trials. Judge Gerald Sheindlin was formerly of the television show, The People's Court,  and husband to the famous "Judge Judy".  I was fortunate enough to be working for Judge Sheindlin during the well-publicized trial of People v Livoti, a Police Officer accused of homicide with the use of illegal chokehold.

 

As a Law Student, I clerked for the Honorable Edward Davidowitz, Supreme Court Judge, Bronx County, and assisted in researching, writing and editing a legal handbook by Judge Davitowitz entitled: The Practice of Criminal Law Under the CLPR and Related Civil Procedure Statues, and was credited as such in the handbook. I also held a position as a Research Assistant to Dean John Feerick of Fordham Law School, where I researched and drafted legal articles for publication on topics such as Judicial Independence and Accountability and Proposed Ethical Standards for Mediators.  

 

Prior to Law School, as a college student, I worked as a Paralegal for a General Practice Law Firm in Pittsburgh, PA, and as a Paralegal for Bronx Legal Services Housing Unit, where I made regular court appearances, drafted legal papers, met with clients, and assisted in the deposition of a large variety of cases. 

 

EDUCATION:

 

I graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a J.D. in 1998, where I was a Stein Scholar at the Stein Center for Ethics and Public Interest Law, an Editor with the Environmental Law Journal, and recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Award for Public Interest Law.

 

I received a MA in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, and completed a published thesis entitled, The Justice in the Moral Obligation of Civil Disobedience to the Laws of Political Authority in a Democratic Society.

 

I graduated with a BA in Communications with a concentration in Radio and Television, and completed a thesis entitled, Censorship of Speech and Music and its Affects on the American Identity, and I also completed minors in History and Philosophy, also from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio.

 

BAR ADMISSIONS, ASSOCIATIONS AND PRO BONO:

 

In addition to my experience as a New Rochelle Small Claims City Court Arbitrator  I have been a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and New Rochelle Bar Association.

 

I am admitted to practice law in:

     - All New York State Courts

     - United States District Court, Southern District

     - United States District Court, Eastern District

     - Supreme Court of the United States

 

I am also a Pro Bono Attorney with the Nassau Suffolk Law Services, where I handle Family and Matrimonial Cases free of charge for clients that do not have the means to afford an Attorney.

I am New York State Trained and Certified to serve as a Privately Retained or Court Appointed Guardian and Fiduciary in the Capacity of:

    - Guardian

    - Attorney for Alleged Incapacitated Person

    - Court Evaluator

    - Counsel to Receiver

    - Counsel to Guardian

    - Referee

INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • Musician and guitarist since the age of seven, playing electric guitar in bands in High School, College, and Graduate School and currently performing at various local venues with a group of Youth Musicians in Performance Groups at a Music School in Smithtown, New York

  • Chairperson for Fundraising and Youth Basketball Coach at my local Church and School in Long Island, New York.

  • Volunteer with LAMP Ministries Missionary Organization in the Bronx, New York, in various capacities since age nine.

  • Duel Citizenship with the European Union with the Country of Malta, and have a valid European Union Passport

  • Presented with award from Bronx Homeowners Association for Exemplary Service Towards Others.

  • Contributing author to two books on service with the urban poor, published and distributed world-wide.

  • Additional experience working as an Office Manager, Radio Disk Jockey, Photographer and Gymnastics Director.