Great attorneys aren’t born—they’re the result of a lifetime’s worth of work and experience. When you retain an attorney, you’re ideally engaging a diverse set of personal and professional experiences that give that lawyer the judgment, analytical abilities, and the aptitude to be a true, trusted advisor. Knowledge of the law alone isn’t nearly enough to build a first-class lawyer, in the same way that knowing the rules of tennis won’t get you to Wimbledon. Maria Korzendorfer stands as a perfect example of this.
Maria brings to her work an exceptionally varied array of experiences that make her an effective and strategic construction litigator in Texas. She spent eight years traveling through three continents teaching English before law school and then emerged into the competitive and demanding role of a federal law clerk immediately upon obtaining her law degree. From there, Maria entered private practice as a litigator, defending a wide range of clients in bet-the-company disputes.
As a construction litigator, Maria’s goal is to get her clients through the litigation process as successfully as possible. This means being thoroughly informed about the client’s business, the dispute at hand, the applicable law, and the construction project at issue. She strives to communicate clearly with her clients in whatever fashion and frequency works for them.
Maria also aims to win. She’s obsessive about careful research, thorough preparation, and above all, crystal clear writing. The experience of drafting judicial opinions for a federal judge to review made this a paramount skill, together with economy and precision in research and drafting. Maria harnesses these capabilities to power her advocacy, and she is especially skilled and effective at motion practice. With her writing, analytical, and research abilities, Maria can often provide her clients with a major strategic advantage right from the outset.
Finally, as a practitioner, Maria prioritizes her energetic service to her clients above all—working to be as profoundly prepared as she is ethically and morally sound.
In her spare time, she enjoys every conceivable outdoor activity, from hiking glaciers to running, kayaking, rock climbing, and biking. She also says she “will jump off of or out of anything high” and enjoys doing things like parasailing. Compared to that, a summary judgment argument is a piece of cake.
- State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section | Member (Present)
- State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law Section | Member (Present)
- J.D., magna cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law (2016)
- Articles Editor, Arkansas Law Review
- Charles Thomas Pearson Essay Fellow for Morals and Ethics in the Law
- Federal Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Hon. Kristine G. Baker (2017-2018)
- B.S., University of Arkansas Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences (2006)
Licenses & Certifications
- Supreme Court of Texas
- Admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
- Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- Admitted to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Court