Prior to entering private practice, Mary was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, where she served as the Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section. She also served as Health Care Fraud Coordinator and as a member of the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, Health Care Fraud Subcommittee under then Attorney General Janet Reno. Mary received the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for her role as the lead federal prosecutor in the LAPD Rampart Investigation. Before opening ANDRUES/PODBERESKY, she was national practice group leader of the White Collar & Investigations Group in an AmLaw 200 firm.
Mary has represented business entities, hospitals, municipal corporations, corporate executives, and employees who have been under criminal investigation or criminally charged. She has responded to grand jury and administrative subpoenas and civil investigative demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide, local District Attorney’s Offices, and numerous federal agencies. Mary has significant experience in defending False Claims Act cases and violations of U.S. export and trade regulations. She also has prepared directed and voluntary disclosures and an FCPA monitor’s report.
Mary has been recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” from 2013 – 2017 for her achievements in white collar criminal defense and has been listed in the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers from 2012-2017. She was ranked as a “Top Woman Attorney” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal in 2012 and 2017, and is regularly ranked in Chambers USA. Mary was chosen as the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by the University of Southern California Public Interest Law Foundation in 2009 and received the Special Award for Commitment to Justice in 2017 from the Fidler Institute, Loyola Law School.