Maria Valdes graduated from Florida International University with a major in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Economics in 1992. Thereafter, Ms. Valdes attended and graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law. While at St. Thomas University, she was involved in the Moot Court Board and the International Law Society. Ms. Valdes was a senior associate attorney at Marcos & Rothman, P.A for 7 years prior to becoming a partner in 2003. Her practice focuses exclusively in the defense of workers’ compensation claims for insurance companies and self-insured employers. Ms. Valdes’ prior experience includes paralegal and attorney work handling general civil litigation matters for the firm of Sugerman & Scopinich, P.L. In addition, Ms. Valdes was a former operations manager and assistant branch manager for Republic National Bank.

Due to Ms. Valdes’ prior banking experience and legal training, she has developed strong negotiation skills and concentrates on providing solutionoriented case handling. Ms. Valdes’ vast experience in handling workers’ compensation matters gives her an in-depth understanding of new emerging issues within the field.

Ms. Valdes is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and the Friends of 440 Organization. She also participates in the American Committee for the Weizman Institute to support the institute in its continued search for medical breakthroughs. Ms. Valdes has also given various seminars at the request of clients on the issues of indemnity benefits, child support requirements, the statute of limitations, permanent total disability and the impact of managed care arrangements on the workers’ compensation system.

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