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.
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.
Hostile work environment
Trade Secrets/Confidential and Proprietary information
Americans with Disabilities Act
Merit Systems Protection Board
Constitutional violations/protections in public employment
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
FINRA - employment issues in securities industry
Business opportunities/Franchise issues
Home Improvement contracts
Unfair trade practices
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
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
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.
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
Fluency in Spanish and Portuguese
Maryland State Bar Association
Anne Arundel County Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN
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.