Maria L. Kreiter is a shareholder in the litigation group of Godfrey & Kahn's Milwaukee office. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, primarily in the areas of banking and financial services, business torts, contracts, corporate governance, consumer claims, and white collar defense and internal investigations.
A very substantial part of Maria's practice focuses on nationwide representation of financial institutions. Maria's recent work includes obtaining dismissal of a putative class action; a wide variety of check, depositor and loan fraud claims; a vast array of commercial and residential lending disputes; defense of counterclaims raised in response to foreclosure; breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims; and disputes stemming from insolvency, including proceedings in bankruptcy court.
Other matters Maria has worked on include various suits focused on shareholder rights, corporate governance and dissolution, breach of fiduciary duties, Lanham Act claims, and a variety of trade secret and unfair competition claims. Maria also defends federal consumer claims, such as claims under the Truth-in-Lending Act, Home Owners Equity Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, as well as an array of state law consumer claims.
Maria's trial experience includes court and jury trials in both state and federal court, as well as numerous injunction hearings.
Maria was recently elected to the Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors. She also chairs the programs subcommittee of the American Bar Association (Commercial & Business Litigation committee), serves as a mentor in the Milwaukee Bar Association's attorney mentor program and was elected to the board of the Milwaukee chapter of the Italian American Bar Association known as the Justinian Society of Lawyers. Maria also co-chairs the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association pro bono committee, is an active member of the Thomas E. Fairchild American Inns of Court, and is a member of Godfrey & Kahn's Women Leadership Forum steering committee and recruiting committee.
Maria graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School and worked as federal law clerk to the Honorable Aaron E. Goodstein in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. During her clerkship, Maria's caseload focused on criminal pretrial matters and civil suits involving a variety of state and federal claims, including patent and copyright infringement claims, Lanham Act claims, a multitude of discrimination claims, ERISA liability suits and section 1983 actions.