Maria Cáceres-Boneau

Special Counsel

  • Maria Cáceres-Boneau
  • Phone: +1 212 471 1876

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4086
    USA

Maria Cáceres-Boneau practices in the area of labor and employment law. Maria has a diverse practice and extensive experience counseling employers on the laws governing the workplace, litigating employment disputes, providing employee trainings, investigating matters, drafting agreements and workplace policies, and advising on business acquisitions. She has represented companies across a broad array of industries, including technology, financial services, real estate, retail, fashion and health care. She also advises not-for-profit organizations and is a firm leader in providing pro bono services.    

Maria has successfully defended employers and managers against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and wage and hour violations. Her experience includes every phase of litigation from pre-suit demands through trial and appeal. She serves as primary contact for numerous clients seeking advice on employment matters such as termination, retaliation, requests for accommodation, workplace violence prevention, pay equity practices and recent changes in employment law. She also drafts executive employment agreements, including those with restrictive covenants, and company policies. 

Maria also has extensive experience investigating internal complaints made against c-suite executives. She conducts employee trainings on sexual and other unlawful harassment and diversity, inclusion and implicit bias.

Maria frequently lectures and authors articles on employment law topics. She is a member of the firm’s Hispanic/Latino ERG and the D&I Committee of the New York office. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Maria taught second grade in the South Bronx as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She is on the Board of Trustees at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI). Her passions include the arts, education, sustainable fashion, and exploring New York City and beyond.  She often walks in Central Park in pursuit of live music, majestic sunsets, and rare bird sightings (including the Bald Eagle she spotted soaring across the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir). 

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Employment Advice and Counseling
  • Employment Litigation 
  • Human Resources and Management Training 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, through negotiations, mediation and arbitration

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • Hunter College, M.S.
  • Yale University, B.A.

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars, 2013-2019

  • Volunteer of the Quarter, Littler Mendelson P.C., Fourth Quarter 2018

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Mentor, Y Tu Tambien

Board Memberships

  • Board of Trustees, Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI)

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "New York Leave Laws Employers Must Follow in 2021 and Beyond?" Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, March 23, 2021
  • Speaker, "Pay Equity in 2021: Navigating an Increasingly Complex Legal Landscape and Minimizing Risk of Pay Gap Liability," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, January 21, 2021
  • Speaker, "Who, What, And Where Of Virtual Lawyering: Insights – How To Excel," New York State Bar Association, Webinar, December 3, 2020
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga - You're Never Going to Believe What My Employee Did This Time..." Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, November 17, 2020
  • Speaker, "State Law Updates, Including COVID-19 Workplace Laws and Regulations," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 12, 2020
  • Speaker, "Navigating Leave Issues During COVID-19," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, October 29, 2020
  • “Reunión de Trabajo con Empresas del Sector Restaurantero ante la Emergencia del COVID-19,” U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce, New York City, April 7, 2020

  • “Content and Cocktails: Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, Littler Mendelson, New York City, November 7, 2019

  • “Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Implicit Bias in the Workplace,” New York In-House Counsel Meetup, New York City, May 7, 2019

  • “Latino Women in U.S. and Cross-Border Business and Initiatives,” U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce, New York City, October 11, 2018