Marie I. Rivera-JohnsonDirector
Marie is a Director in the Labor & Employment Group and represents and counsels a diverse group of clients in a vast array of employment-related matters. She focuses on employment, labor and commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby in 2007, Marie was a law clerk for a year for Judge Gary Lancaster in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She worked as a litigation associate at Reed Smith from 2005-2006.
Before starting her legal career, she was a Coker Fellow Teaching Assistant for Professor Stephen Carter at Yale Law School from 2004-2005. She was student director of Community Lawyering for the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School from 2003-2005.
Marie is active in professional and community organizations. She is the former chair of the Hispanic Attorneys Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association and is involved in the Young Lawyers Division of the ACBA. She is also a member of the ACBA Minority Collaborative and the American Inns of Court.
She became a board member in 2008 for Venture Outdoors and the Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health. She also Volunteers with the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise. Marie was appointed by Chief Justice Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to serve on the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit.
In February, 2016, Marie was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Courts and Community Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit. This committee is charged with connecting the courts and communities within the Third Circuit’s jurisdiction. The Committee is chaired by Judge Rendell, and Marie will be serving with judges, lawyers and other community leaders throughout the Third Circuit.
While working towards her J.D., she was honored with the MALDEF Law School Scholarship for Academic Achievement. MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is a leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and outreach institution in the United States.
Marie has presented information on “Family Responsibilities Discrimination,” “American with Disabilities Act,” “Family and Medical Leave Act,” “Wage and Hour Survival Guide” and “Avoiding Common Mistakes in the Evaluation, Discipline and Discharge Process” during Cohen & Grigsby’s Annual Employment Law Update (2008-2012).
She is fluent in Spanish.