Mary Ann Rousseau | Fall River Employment and Divorce Lawyer


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Mary Ann E. Rousseau

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Mary Ann E. Rousseau is a practicing lawyer in the state of Massachusetts. She has significant experience in the area of employment discrimination before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, EEOC, Superior and Federal Courts. While primarily a plaintiff's lawyer fighting for the rights of employees for the past 30 years, her prior experience in a Boston law firm representing employers gives her the edge to know what the employers will be arguing in all kinds of discrimination cases based on sex, age, disability, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, sexual harassment. She cares about her clients and will always return phone calls. In addition to employment, she has also concentrated in the area of divorce and family law which includes custody, child support, visitation, alimony issues. Her compassionate representation and reasonable fees have helped hundreds of people through this traumatic experience. Lastly for the past 30 years, she has been handling personal injury cases including car accidents, slip and falls, head trauma, etc. These have resulted in many settlements, but she also has significant trial experience, including numerous jury trials in Superior and District Courts as well as administrative agencies and arbitration.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I have settled many employment cases in the last year which gave compensation and closure to my clients concerning traumatic experiences with their jobs and careers. In the divorce/ family law area, I have negotiated settlements which have resulted in my clients starting new lives. I believe that I have made a positive difference for many hundreds of individuals during my 34 years of practice.

How did you build a successful practice?
I have built a successful legal practice developing expertise, returning phone calls, being detail oriented and truly caring about my clients and the outcomes of their cases. I give 100% effort to my practice.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Clients should look for a lawyer who possesses intelligence, experience, expertise, the ability to listen and excellent judgment. There should be both a readiness to do battle for them if necessary and a practical honesty about the case presented. The client must be made aware of the good and bad aspects of any case. The focus should always be on the client's welfare.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge of procedure, judges, and court systems is very helpful. It is particularly important in employment cases where sometimes there is a choice of venue - federal or state courts, once the case goes beyond the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination filing stage.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
When I give a free phone consultation, I am providing basic information: a discussion of statute of limitations issues, unemployment compensation information and general explanation of the legal process.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
In a phone consultation, I hope to obtain basic legal information, statute of limitations information, and enough factual information to determine if it makes sense for the client to come to my office for a full consultation. I do not want a client to waste time. A full employment consult usually lasts between 1 -2 hours and involves a review of documents in the client's possession.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I have 34 years of legal experience with nearly 25 years as a plaintiff's lawyer. I am differentiated from other lawyers since I have worked in Boston law firms representing employers before I set up my plaintiff's practice in 1994. This was by design since I wanted to understand the legal strategies of employers. I know what the employers will argue, I know their strategies on the cases and in negotiating settlements, and the motivations behind their actions. In short, I know what makes them tick. I know what proof will work and what will not. This all gives me the ultimate edge over other lawyers in the employment field.

In the divorce/family law area I try to make my fees far more reasonable than what most lawyers require in the area so that legal representation can be available to clients in the Southeastern Massachusetts.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my work is that I help clients attain justice and I help people overcome trauma concerning job loss and family issues.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Besides the law, I play cello and bassoon (seriously) and harp (for fun) and enjoy oil painting and gardening.

Are you involved in your community?
I was involved with the Fall River Rotary Club (24 years) have participated in the Fall River Symphony, and am currently a member of Westport River Gardeners and Westport Art Group.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Maryann Rousseau38 Rock St. Fall River, MA34 years experience
School Degree Major Graduation
Cornell Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1983  
Providence CollegeB.A.History1980
State / Court Date
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island1995
Rhode Island1994
Maine1989
United States District Court for the District of Maine1989
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts1984
Massachusetts1983
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, R.I. Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, Bristol county Bar Association, Greater Fall River Rotary Club
    (1994-2017)
  • Valedictorian | Providence College
  • Massachusetts Law Review Volume 72 Number 2 | "The AIDS Epidemic and the Issues in the Workplace." | 1987
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(1983) Licensed as Attorney in Massachusetts. Verified with The Massachusetts Board of Bar OverseersMay 30, 2018

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34 years of legal experience. admitted in MA, RI, ME, Trials in District, Superior, Federal, Family Courts, Administrative Trials

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Update Date: 2018-05-24

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Fall River, MA 02720
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