Maria E. O'Neill is a licensed attorney in the states of Florida and Virginia, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  She is the Managing Attorney for the Southwest office of The Haba Law Firm, covering Ft. Myers, Naples, Immokalee, and the surrounding counties.

Ms. O'Neill has a broad range of civil and criminal law experience.  As a former prosecutor for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Naples, she has handled a variety of criminal cases and jury trials, including DUI, domestic violence, juvenile offenses, drug possession, weapons charges, and many other misdemeanor and felony cases.   

As a former attorney for Legal Aid, Ms. O’Neill developed a proficiency in various areas of law,
including dependency court matters, housing, injunctions, family law disputes, immigration, veteran’s benefits, consumer issues, wills, probate and estate planning. Ms. O’Neill’s experience also includes working at the Judge Advocate Office (JAG) at the Army base in Fort Lee, Virginia as a Legal Assistance Attorney.  In this position, she provided legal aid to active duty military, retirees and their families and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

 

Ms. O'Neill received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts where she dual-majored in International Relations and Environmental Studies.  She graduated with honors and was recognized on the Dean's List.  Ms. O'Neill then attended Ave Maria School of Law on a full academic scholarship and earned her Juris Doctorate.  During her collegiate years, she held several important internships.  She worked at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in Detroit, Michigan and the Michigan Attorney General's Office.  Ms. O'Neill also worked in the Ave Maria Law Immigration Clinical program, where she represented individuals seeking immigration visas, withholding removals from the United States, and asylum cases.

 

Ms. O'Neill is a board member of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, and a  member of the Collier County Bar Association, the Lee County Bar Association,  Collier Lawyers Care, and Run for Life.  She continues to actively take pro bono cases from Legal Aid to help those in need of quality legal services.