Maria Crimi Speth

Maria Crimi Speth

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Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Jaburg | Wilk
 | 3200 North Central Ave., Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-248-1000
Fax: 602-248-0522
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (70%),
  • Intellectual Property (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Maria practices in the areas of intellectual property, internet law, and commercial litigation, representing clients throughout the United States. She focuses her practice on assisting businesses in protecting their trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, information technology, and other intellectual property through preventative measures to avoid disputes and through litigation when disputes arise.

    An accomplished author, she has has published Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors and Apple v. Samsung, The Balance Between Patent Rights and the Free Market. She has numerous articles and dozens of published court cases. Maria frequently speaks at seminars and workshops on intellectual property and internet law topics. She is a guest lecturer at Arizona State University and has appeared on radio and television providing legal commentary on intellectual property issues.

    Maria is the past Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Arizona State Bar, and the past Chairperson of the Ecommerce & Technology Section of the Arizona State Bar. She is a member of the International Trademark Association. Maria is on the American Arbitration National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.


    About Maria Speth

    Admitted: 1989, Arizona

    Professional Webpage:


    • Member of American Arbitration Association®’s Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, 2019
    • Voted Best Intellectual Property Law Firm by Arizona Foothills Magazine
    • Recognition of Excellence as Litigation Council of America Fellow
    • Women in the Law, Best Lawyers, 2017, 2017
    • Rated AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell
    • Top 100 High Stakes Litigator, 2017, 2017
    • Best Lawyers in America- Copyright Law and Trademark Law, 2015, 2016,2017,2018,2019
    • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver 2017,2018  
    • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America- Technology Law, 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member of the International Trademark Association, 2019

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chair Elect of the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix (non-profit), Board of Directors

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Copyright Update: Copyright Owners MUST Obtain Copyright Registration Before Filing Infringement Lawsuits, Co-Author, Intellectual Property
    • Author of Protect Your Writings:  A Legal Guide for Authors
    • Supreme Court Rules on Cheerleader Uniform Case
    • Mildly Satisfied, Still Grumpy: Grumpy Cat Prevails over Infringers, Co-Author
    • 'Zeran v. AOL': The Anti-Circumvention Tool
    • Trademark Owners Beware of Chinese Domain Name Marketing Ploy
    • Born in the USA: When Can Products Be Marketed as “Made in the USA”?,
    • Why Register My Copyrights? The Benefits of Copyright Registration, Co-Author
    • Fair Enough: The “Fair Use” Defense to Trademark Infringement, Co-Author
    • Why Employers Need Social Media Policies
    • Celebrity Brands: The Line Between Fair Use and Infringement
    • Does Pokémon GO Lure You in With a Dangerous Privacy Policy and Terms of Use?, Co-Author
    • Stretching Copyright Law Too Far: A Sequence of Yoga Poses Are Not Copyrightable
    • Monkeying with Copyrights: Who Owns the Monkey Selfies? A Lesson in Copyright Ownership
    • The Ninth Circuit Helps Copyright Owners Battle Widespread Infringement in Glacier Films v. Turchin,


    • Protecting intellectual property on the Web. Maria has successfully defended a controversial website in multiple lawsuits against it, dealing with complex intellectual property and free speech issues. In each case she forced the matter to be dropped, dismissed, or settled with the other side paying damages to her client.
    • Closing the page on an infringing publication. When a popular Utah magazine became the victim of copyright infringement and trade-secret theft, Maria stepped in to help, obtaining an injunction and damages and closing down the competing business within three months of filing the complaint.
    • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Educational Background:

    • Hofstra University, cum laude, 1985
    • Suffolk Community College, summa cum laude, 1983

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    Office Location for Maria Crimi Speth

    3200 North Central Ave.
    Suite 2000
    Phoenix, AZ 85012

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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