We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria “Marifer” Aceves and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maria “Marifer”, how do you think about risk?
Career-wise, I’m a big proponent of taking risks. From being a young associate constantly volunteering for opportunities at a defense firm to switching over to the plaintiff’s side, I have never shied away from a challenge. I think taking those risks has really paid off professionally. Thanks to taking those risks, I have become the attorney I am today. Another large risk that I took was starting my own firm 3 years ago. It was terrifying at the time, but it ended up being the best decision I ever made professionally and personally. I’ve been able to get even more extensive litigation experience and learn how to cultivate and manage my business. On the personal side, I have also been able to better balance spending time with my family and two young daughters. Due to my hard work and dedication to my practice, I’ve now been recognized multiple years in a row by Texas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, among other awards. My next risk-taking endeavor will be running for office. I am going to run as a judge in Dallas County so I can serve the people of Dallas County.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a civil litigation attorney focusing on personal injury and mediation at Aceves Law, PLLC. I have successfully represented clients in negotiation, mediation, and litigation. My results range from successful trial verdicts to a six figure settlement of a slip and fall case in federal court. My areas of practice include traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle accidents, trucking and 18-wheeler accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability, products liability, dog bite injuries, and wrongful death cases. I also recently completed 40 Hours of Basic Mediation Training and received a Mediation Certificate from Manousso Mediations in January 2020. My mediation practice includes personal injury, premises liability, commercial, real estate, and employment cases. What sets my firm apart is that I am truly dedicated to helping my clients. My dedication to my clients has been recognized time and time again.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I will say that my social life has taken a more virtual approach in the past 6 months; however, I always love a delicious dinner and a good glass of wine. If I had a friend visiting, I would probably take them to dinner at either Nick and Sam’s or Enrique Tomas for their delicious menus and drink selections. I’m also a big fan of Meddlesome Moth and their eclectic dinner/drink menu. During the day, I’d probably suggest a visit to the Perot Museum since I’m a natural history nerd or the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my family, friends and mentors. Without their support, I would not be where I am today. I would also like to give a shout out to the DBA We Lead Class of 2020 and, in particular, Alexandra Geczi, for connecting me to you all.
Photographs by Mark Farinholt Logos by Martha Aceves with Martha Studio