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Meet Maria Crimi Speth of Jaburg Wilk and YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Crimi Speth.

Maria, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been an attorney since 1988. I started in New York and moved here in 1990. I have 32 years of experience as a litigator, most of if handling intellectual property cases, such as trademark and copyright infringement cases and internet law cases. I love my job. My latest passion is mentoring young lawyers, especially young women lawyers. I started a Lean In circle at my office to discuss and work on issues facing women lawyers. My personal mission is to help people find their own personal power and to fight for justice for everyone.

About three years ago, I learned about the YWCA of Metropolitan. Its mission is TO ELIMINATE RACISM, EMPOWER WOMEN, AND PROVIDE DIGNITY, FREEDOM, PEACE, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. The mission of the YWCA is so aligned with my own personal mission that I knew I had to get involved.

I joined the board of directors in July 2017. I am currently the chair-elect and will assume the position of Chair on July 1, 2020. I am very excited about the opportunity to lead this amazing board. As you can see from our mission, it is vastly broad and may seem impossible to ever fully achieve. For over 100 years, it has been our organization’s passion to provide programs and advocacy to continue to achieve each of the aspects of our mission.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, YWCA has focused its resources on our most vulnerable population. We normally serve almost 100,000 meals a year to seniors in the west valley. COVID-19 has caused many more seniors to be home-bound. Currently, our home-delivered clients are receiving seven meals every Monday. They also receive a wellness phone call every day to ensure they are safe and healthy. We delivered 26% more meals in March than we did in February and, on average, we enroll five new seniors in our program each day. Our team has quickly pivoted to place our resources where they are needed most.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a female litigator in the IP and technology field hasn’t always been easy. There have certainly been times when opposing counsel, judges, or clients have made assumptions based on gender. I have worked hard to overcome some of those assumptions. But, it also comes with the benefit of having networking resources that are focused on helping women professionals.

Another struggle has been balancing time between my family and my career. My kids are grown now, but when they were younger, I was very fortunate to have a husband who took the lead in caring for them. I couldn’t have been as successful without that partnership. But it was still hard being away from them so much when they were younger.

Please tell us about Jaburg Wilk and YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix.
Jaburg Wilk is not your average law firm. Like many firms, we provide a wide variety of legal services for businesses. What sets us apart is our 27 fundamentals that we call the JW Way. These core fundamentals define our culture and our customer service. http://www.jaburgwilk.com//mission-statement

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Not a thing! Everything happens exactly the way it is supposed to.

Contact Info:

  • Address: (JW)
    3200 N. Central Ave.
    Suite 2000
    Phoenix AZ 85012
    YWCA
    2999 N 44th St STE 250, Phoenix, AZ 85018
  • Website: jaburgwilk.com; ywcaaz.org
  • Phone: 602-248-1089; 602-258-0990
  • Email: mcs@jaburgwilk.com

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