Maier Law Group

Professionals

Meet the Team

 

founder and partner

Diana Maier

Diana is the firm’s founder and a recognized expert in both employment and privacy law. She is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals in both European Union and U.S. Data Privacy. She conducts workplace trainings, including sexual harassment, diversity, and data security trainings. Diana also performs workplace investigations in Spanish and English, advises business owners on issues that arise in the workplace, and defends employers facing litigation.
 
Diana enjoys an outstanding reputation in both the legal and non-legal communities as an effective advocate and strategist due to her unique background. Before attending Stanford Law School, Diana worked as a lobbyist and foreign policy adviser on Capitol Hill. There, Diana learned about the legal process at its inception, the legislation drafting stage. As a foreign policy aide to Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), and as a legislative aide and lobbyist at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Diana learned the value of great customer service and the art of speaking about the law to constituents in plain terms instead of legalese.
 
After law school, Diana became a public defender. She was lauded for her trial successes, which were exceptionally above county acquittal rates in both felony and misdemeanor court. To this day, Diana’s ease in the courtroom when stakes are high allows her to feel confident about trying a case when an effective compromise can’t be reached. Diana is also recognized for her ability to achieve great results with a limited budget.  
 
Diana’s passion is helping other lawyers find meaning in their work by practicing mindful lawyering and carrying their deeply held personal values to their professional life. To this end, she, her staff, and an incredible team of volunteer lawyers created a hugely successful Joy in the Law conference in September 2016. Diana also sits on the board of OneJustice, a groundbreaking legal non-profit, teaches spinning classes, and enjoys running around with her young son and daughter and incredibly tolerant husband, Ethan.

 

Education

STANFORD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
J.D., 1998

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
B.A., Foreign Service, 1992

Activities & Affiliations

• OneJustice, Board of Directors, Chair of the Resource Development Committee
• Marin County Bar Association, Chair of the Labor and Employment Section and frequent speaker
• Bar Association of San Francisco, member of the Labor and Employment Section and frequent speaker
• Queen's Bench, member
• California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section member

Admissions

• State Bar of California, December 1998
• U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

 
 

 
 
 

partner

Beth Arnese

Beth is an employment and privacy law attorney with extensive experience providing advice and counsel, privacy compliance, workplace complaint investigation, and litigation services to clients throughout the Bay Area. Beth has over eleven years of experience as a civil defense attorney, litigating employment and commercial law matters in both in the public and private sector. She has handled several cases from their inception through appeal in both state and federal court. Beth also has a strong track record of winning cases through a successful motion practice. Beth was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2013 & 2015.

Outside of the office, Beth tries to keep up with her two daughters, ages 4 and 6. She enjoys exploring Northern California with her family.

 

Education

UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., 2005
Law Review

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
B.A., Literature, 2001
B.S., Management Science/Economics, 2001

Activities & Affiliations

• OneJustice, Advisory Board
• Marin County Bar Association
• Bar Association of San Francisco
• Association of Workplace Investigators
• Northern California Human Resources Association

Admissions

• State Bar of California, December 2005
• U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
• U.S. District Court, Central District of California
• U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
• Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

 
 

 
 
 

senior associate

Brittny Bottorff

Brittny provides advice and counsel to clients on employment and privacy issues, conducts workplace investigations, performs litigation services, and presents employee trainings on workplace harassment, diversity, and privacy issues. Brittny has experience advising nonprofit organizations on employment matters, regulatory compliance issues, and general legal questions. She also has civil defense litigation experience, including conducting investigations, taking and defending depositions, and representing clients in mediation and trial proceedings. 

Brittny spends her non-working hours attending live theater, hiking the Presidio trails, listening to podcasts (some legal-related, some not), and creating a sense of community with the people around her.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., 1996
Order of the Coif

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
B.A., Mathematics, 1993

Activities & Affiliations

• Chair of the Advisory Board for Life of the Law, a podcast that tells stories about the law with curiosity and heart
• Bar Association of San Francisco, Solo/Small Firm Section Member
• Association of Workplace Investigators

Admissions

• California, Texas

 
 

 
 

of counsel

Kristen Williams

Kristen advises professionals regarding all aspects of California employment law, including compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, compliance with discrimination, harassment, and disability laws, disciplining and terminating employees, and administering leaves of absence under state and federal laws. Kristen regularly responds to charges of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation from the California Department of Fair Employment of Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as audits from the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and other government agencies regarding worker classification and compensation. She also defends employers in civil actions and pre-litigation disputes. With more than a decade of experience, she brings her strategic advice and solutions-oriented approach to each client, providing practiced expertise and individualized attention.

Admissions

• State Bar of California, December 2004
• U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
• U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Education

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., 2004

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
B.A., Political Science, 1999