Within one month of becoming licensed, Mariell opened her own law firm and began her career as a criminal defense attorney. She focused much of her practice on finding creative outcomes for her clients that helped them avoid going to jail and prison. Mariell’s reputation quickly grew. She was known for her compassion towards those she represented and giving them a chance when all hope seemed lost. She began taking on high-stakes cases and was quickly recognized for dominating the courtroom.
Mariell also discovered that she loved being in court. To this day, she thrives on the adrenaline rush when she argues.
And that, quite frankly, leads her to victory for her clients over and over again.
Not surprisingly, Mariell has earned amazing wins including not guilty verdicts and dismissals. As the years passed on after her career took off in 2011, her reputation exploded. It is clear. Mariell is known for her dedication to her clients, integrity within the profession among colleagues, and for her victories. For Mariell personally, what matters most is that her clients get their lives back. Knowing that she can help someone go from the worst point in their life to a promising future keeps her going to this day.
In 2019, Mariell’s reputation caught the attention of Shannon Smith. When Smith Lehman needed to find another attorney for the team – there was no other choice – and they refused to take no for an answer. Smith Lehman needed a lawyer who was unafraid to tackle cases with truly the absolute highest stakes – with consequences worse than some murder convictions – including people facing the rest of their lives in prison, mandatory minimum prison sentences of 25 years that can be stacked to equal hundreds of years, and sex offender registry for life – even for clients as young as 14 years old.