Maia Goodell

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Kakalec Law PLLC
195 Montague Street, 14th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 705-8730
Personal Bio: 

Maia Goodell

For decades, Maia has been committed to high quality legal work to give voice to people and organizations fighting for equality. She lead disability impact litigation at Disability Rights Advocates and headed the Workplace Justice Project at Mobilization for Justice. Before that, she was a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, helping employees redress discriminaiton, receive fair wages, and enforce and negotiate contracts and severance. Before attending law school, Maia was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Port Royal. Her military experience informs her passion for the rule of law.

Some of Maia’s representative cases include:

Disability Access
● Physical inaccessibility of the New York City subway system: argued and defeated motion to dismiss
● Leave policies that discriminated against Stanford University students with mental health disabilities: settlement including new leave policies and monitoring
● Sidewalk barriers for people with mobility and vision disabilities in Philadelphia

● Systemic discrimination aginst veterans with PTSD in employment; obtained EEOC determination of probable cause
● Same-sex sexual harassment of a probation officer: defeated summary judgment motion in the Second Circuit
● Unpaid overtime and race, sex, and sexual oritenation discrimination against retail loss prevention workers: class action settlement of unpaid wages; discrminaiton damages

Maia also has experience as a fellow at Equality Now, advocating for women’s human rights, and a litigation associate at Foley Hoag LLP. She clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Maia holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School, a J.D. from the University of Michigan (2001) and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Stanford University (1993).

State of Practice/ Organization: 
New York
States admitted to practice: 
New York
Areas of Practice: 
Disability Law
Employment Law