About Maria I. Aguilar-Rocha

Maria Aguilar-Rocha helps clients with matters involving complex litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on environmental and workplace safety issues. With extensive experience handling large-scale, high-stakes environmental law cases, Maria is a crucial asset for clients facing environmental claims and enforcement actions.

Extensive insight into federal government policies, regulations and priorities

Maria worked at the Criminal Division of the DOJ, where she focused on securities and financial fraud. While at the DOJ, she handled highly complex, multijurisdictional government investigations and prosecutions on a variety of cases, ranging from environmental law violations to tax evasion. She worked together with US Attorney's Offices across the United States as well as numerous federal government agencies, including the EPA, FBI, DOD, IRS, SEC, CFTC, USPS and NASA. She understands deeply what a federal investigation and prosecution means to a client and is prepared to provide the type of zealous representation necessary to ensure the best outcome in every case.

Maria worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Company — one of the largest natural gas and electric utilities companies in the United States. During her time there, she advised on how to improve workplace safety and sustain it on a long-term basis and assisted in obtaining favorable corporate settlements.

Maria worked on high-profile and high-stakes cases at the Alexandria Public Defender's Office. Among the highlights of her work there, she helped a client obtain a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict on an attempted capital murder charge — an extremely difficult defense to prove.

Maria was also a member of Georgetown Law's Criminal Justice Clinic, where she represented clients in DC Superior Court and before the US Parole Commission. During her tenure in the clinic, she secured dismissals in multiple cases, including a high-profile case involving a client charged with trespassing onto White House property.

Maria also taught law to students at the lowest-performing high school in the District of Columbia and prepared them for exceptional participation in a citywide mock trial competition. Her pro bono work includes assisting with immigration law matters and serving as a mentor.

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Practice Focus

  • White-collar investigations and compliance
  • Environmental crimes and internal investigations
  • Environmental and workplace safety litigation
  • Monitorships