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Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo LLC | Firms | Attus

Annapolis Employment Lawyer

If you are looking at this page, you are probably considering engaging an attorney.  Here are some answers to some of our clients' most commonly asked questions:

INITIAL CONTACT AND MEETING

During your initial phone call or meeting, Ms. Azeredo will evaluate your situation to determine whether you may have a claim.  If you then decide to engage the Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo LLC on your matter, you will sign an Engagement Agreement.

CONTINGENCY FEES

Ms. Azeredo generally does not take matters on a contingency basis.

METHOD OF PAYMENT

The Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo LLC accepts payment in cash, certified check, personal check if a client has a history of on time payment, and Visa/MC.

COST OF REPRESENTATION

The cost of representation pivots of the time involved in any matter.  Prior to retaining the Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo LLC, Ms. Azeredo will discuss fees and costs with you.  Should you decide to retain the Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo LLC, these terms will be included in the Engagement Agreement.   

HOURS OF OPERATION

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Ms. Azeredo is aware that it can be difficult for clients to be available during normal working hours and she will meet with clients after hours on a situation by situation basis. 

Hiring an attorney is never an easy decision.  It is this firm's commitment to listen to your concerns and advise you as to what your options may be.  As with any problem, there are various angles by which to attack and remedy that problem.  Communicating the pros and cons of the alternatives is integral to a client making an informed decision. 

EMPLOYMENT LAW

   Discrimination 
   Hostile work environment
   Non-compete agreements
   Non-disclosure agreements
   Severance agreements
   Wage issues
   Employment contracts
   Disciplinary actions
   Trade Secrets/Confidential and Proprietary information
   Americans with Disabilities Act
   Rehabilitation Act
   Merit Systems Protection Board
   EEO process
   Constitutional violations/protections in public employment
   Age Discrimination in Employment Act
   Equal Pay
   FINRA - employment issues in securities industry
   Workplace safety
   Negligence
   Wrongful termination
   Employment disputes
CONTRACTS

   Business disputes
   Business opportunities/Franchise issues
   Home Improvement contracts
   Unfair trade practices
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

   Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
   Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and State counterparts
   Office of Administrative Hearings
   County employee personnel hearings
   Home Improvement Commission
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

   Requests for Information from Unites States Government agencies and States
   Appeal of denied in full or denied in part requests for information
PRIVACY ACT

Actions against United States Government agencies and States regarding an individual's access to his/her personal information; authority of government to create and compile personal information; authority of government to use personal information; authority of government to share personal information; and government's requirements on the retention of personal information.
ARBITRATIONS AND MEDIATIONS

FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT

 Negligence claims against the United States

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PRINCIPAL - LAW OFFICE OF RUTH ANN AZEREDO LLC (2004 - Present).

Representing clients in general litigation, employment, FOIA, Privay Act, Federal Tort Claims Act and Administrative Law matters.
PRINCIPAL / GENERAL COUNSEL - PERCHANCE INC.  (2000-2003).   

Developed patent and designed line of home furnishings.  Responsible for legal matters related to development, manufacturing, and marketing including trademark, copyright, contracts, torts, privacy, import, and export. 
ATTORNEY / ADVISOR - OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA), Washington, DC  (1991-2000).   

Adjudicated Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") and Privacy Act ("PA") appeals, as well as Federal Tort Claims Act matters in excess of $100,000.       
Represented USDA at EEO and MSPB hearings.  Assisted in defending lawsuits brought against the United States pursuant to the FTCA, FOIA, PA, First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), the Rehabilitation Act.
Drafted legal opinions and advised USDA on matters related to Constitutional issues, Government Ethics, Personnel matters, FTCA, FOIA, PA, Federal Appropriations, Title VII, Rehabilitation Act, OSHA regulations, Immigration issues, ADEA, union issues.
Trained field attorneys in handling FOIA and PA requests.
  

EDUCATION

North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC  (1991)

              J.D., cum laude 

              Member of Law Journal, Member of Women's Caucus, Tutor of Torts

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY  (1983)

               B.A.  Major - Spanish; Minor- Studio Art

LANGUAGES

 Fluency in Spanish and Portuguese

 
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Maryland State Bar Association
Anne Arundel County Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
 
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN 

North Carolina
Maryland 
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court)
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Ms. Azeredo has also been admitted pro hac vice for certain cases in other jurisdictions, including South Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico, and Connecticut.  She also represents clients in administrative processes and in alternative dispute resolution throughout the United States (including its territories and overseas) such as the EEOC, MSPB, arbitrations and mediation.  

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