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Maria Kao — Attorney

A Little Q&A

Some Fun Facts:

Maria was born in Taiwan and grew up in Mountain View, CA. She is fluent in Mandarin, with a minor in Chinese Language from UC Irvine.

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Favorite Cake: Princess Cake

Favorite Books: Historical Non-Fiction

Q

What strengths does your experience add to the firm?

A

Associations that work with me appreciate my personality and energy. My approach tends to be proactive and drive things towards a solution. I also do not shy away from conflict and will not tolerate my clients being pushed around. My belief has always been that you can win most of the time simply by outworking the other guy.

Q

What drew you to this line of work?

A

The variety of issues appeals to me. We work with entities that must govern themselves like municipalities and you see the whole host of issues in this small microcosm. There's personal injury, free speech, elections, assessments, land use. The list goes on and on. Never a dull moment (especially with the different personalities you encounter).

Q

What brings you the most satisfaction on the job?

A

Doing a good job is an obvious one.

Q

What do you enjoy most about working at Berding | Weil?

A

The people. We have an amazing team of talented lawyers. It doesn't hurt that everyone is such a joy to be around. We're kind of like a family around here. Is it weird to say that I also love our snacks? I work late and it is such a lifesaver.

Q

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

A

You'll often find me running trails, roads or track. I love going to live music shows (big fan of seeing a spectacle). Often will drag my friends to 90s hip hop dance classes (i.e., new jack swing). At least a couple times a year, I will explore a part of the world I've never been to.

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