Mariana Bravo is a trusted advocate and litigator who concentrates her practice on professional liability, construction, real estate, business and employment law, and personal injury disputes.
Mariana is dedicated to her clients and has an unwavering and steadfast commitment to achieve successful and effective outcomes. She is sensitive to the stresses of litigation and strives to obtain both favorable and practical solutions to complicated issues.
Mariana has extensive experience representing attorneys, construction companies, real estate professionals, insurance professionals, security companies, businesses and corporations before administrative tribunals, state, and federal courts. She also advises companies, including Fortune 500 companies, concerning risk management and business practices. She is a frequent speaker on professional panels.
Mariana currently serves as the President of the Hispanic National Bar Association for the 2022-2023 term. She is the chief executive officer and the principal spokesperson of the Association. The Association’s mission is to empower and elevate the Hispanic legal profession and serve as the voice of the Hispanic community. Mariana previously served on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Divisions, Sections and Committees, Vice President of External Affairs, Vice President of Programs, and the Regional President for Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and West Virginia.
Mariana previously served on the Board of Directors of SCORE, a national non-profit organization, dedicated to providing mentoring and education to small businesses, including minority and diverse business owners, through its more than 10,000-person volunteer team.
Mariana is the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-chair, and heads the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She leads Carr Maloney’s participation with the Washington Lawyer’s Committee’s D.C. Public School Partnership Program, which partners law firms with D.C. public schools to bring mentoring, resources and programs to children. She actively participates in charitable events throughout the year, including the annual book drive for Turning the Page and the used clothes drive for the homeless, sponsored by Gifts for the Homeless.
While in law school, Mariana interned at the US Department of Justice in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section assisting in the prosecution of white-collar crime. Mariana is fluent in Spanish and studied a semester of law in Argentina, where she interned for the Criminal Court of Investigation in Buenos Aires and assisted in investigating criminal cases. Before entering private practice, Mariana served as a law clerk for the Honorable William D. Quarles in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Mariana has been the lead attorney in reported court decisions, several setting important legal precedents. Examples include:
- Robertson v. Cartinhour, 867 F. Supp. 2d 37 (D.D.C. 2012)
- Steele v. Salb, 93 A.3d 1277 (D.C. 2014)
- Levelle, Inc. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 539 F. Supp. 2d 373 (D.D.C. 2008)
- Dantzler v. United States EEOC, 810 F. Supp. 2d 312 (D.D.C. 2011)
- Short v. Portsmouth Redevelopment & Hous. Auth., No. 2:17cv484, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65088 (E.D. Va. Apr. 17, 2018)
- Represented real estate professionals in malpractice, breach of contract and wire fraud matters
- Represented attorneys in legal malpractice suits and defamation claims
- Represented insurance professionals in malpractice and breach of contract matters
- Represented companies and individuals in employment matters
- Represented contractors in claims arising from breach of contract, construction defect, and negligence claims
- Represented companies and individuals in premises liability, defamation, negligence and products liability matters
- Represented security companies in actions arising from criminal acts of third parties, including a mass shooting, and serious crimes.
- Represented educational institutions in discrimination, statutory and negligence claims
University of Baltimore School of Law
- Martindale-Hubbell® has given Mariana its AV Preeminent® rating, earned by attorneys at the highest level of professional excellence.
- Co-Author, “Wire Fraud Schemes and Resulting Liability,” Law 360
- Co-author, “Can You Be Liable For Legal Malpractice To Nonclients?”, Law360, April 1, 2015
- Co-author, “Unveiling Hidden Risks In The Medi-Spa Industry”, Law360, March 31, 2015
- Co-author, “Are You Liable for Defective Designs?,” Construction Today, September/October 2013
- Co-author, “Maryland Lack-of-Good-Faith Statute in Operation,” LJN’s Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, August 2011
- Co-author, “D.C. Makes Residential Foreclosures a Two-Step Process,” Legally Speaking Issue 17, December 2010
- Co-author, “Keep Interests in Mind in Court,” Business Insurance, October 10, 2010
- Co-author, “Virginia Supreme Court Ruling Takes Policy Interpretation Beyond ‘Eight Corners’ of the Complaint and Policy,” Legally Speaking Issue 16, September 2010
- Co-author, “Employer’s Responsibilities in Providing Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Legally Speaking Issue 16, September 2010
- Co-author, “Insurance Companies’ Exposure Resulting from Appointment of Independent Counsel,” Legally Speaking Issue 14, June 2010
- Co-author, “Employment Verification and I-9 Compliance: Avoiding Penalties,” Legally Speaking Issue 10, October 2007
- “Three’s Company? Navigating A Liability Insurer’s Duty to Defend Settle, and Indemnify Conflicts Arising in Tri-Partite Relationships” HNBA’s Annual Convention, September 26-29, 2019
- “Better Safe Than Sorry: How Lawyers Can Avoid Being Sued,” HNBA’s Annual Corporate Counsel Conference, March 21, 2019
- “The Red Flags Indicating You Have Retained a Bad Expert”, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Conference, September 2016
- “Effective Techniques in Mediation Advocacy – How Inside and Outside Counsel Can Partner to Maximize Results,” Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2016
- “Avoiding Legal Malpractice,” Hispanic National Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of DC Seminar, March 2015
- “LOVE & MARRIAGE… Getting Insurance Coverage for Complex Claims without Causing the Insured and the Insurance Company to Get a Divorce,” Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2015
- “ARE YOU AT RISK? The Top Tips to Prevent Legal Malpractice and Ethics Claims,” Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Conference, September 2014
- “Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims,” Institute for U.S. Law, July 2014
- “Legal Risks Associated With Starting a Business,” Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Annual Conference, August 2013
District of Columbia
U.S. District Courts
District of Columbia
District of Maryland
Eastern District of Virginia
Western District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Circuit
- American Bar Association
- DC Defense Lawyers’ Association
- SCORE Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association: National President, 2022-2023; President-Elect, 2021-2022; Vice President of Sections and Committees, 2019- 2021; Vice President of External Affairs, 2017-Current; Vice President of Programs, 2015-2017; Region V President, 2015; Region V Deputy President, 2012-2014
- The Barristers
- Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys