Maria Catrina Castro

Associate Cincinnati


Maria is an attorney in Taft’s Employment and Labor Relations practice group. Her scope includes drafting employment policies and employee handbooks, conducting workplace investigations, litigating disputes on behalf of employers, and advising clients on a variety of immigration matters including temporary visas, permanent residence, and U.S. citizenship.

Maria earned her J.D., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While in law school, Maria served as co-founder and president of UC Law Women, president of the Student Bar Association, co-founder and member of the Student Bar Association/Student Legal Education (SBA/SLE) Leadership Committee, associate member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review, and fellow for the Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice (CRGSJ).

While in law school, Maria also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Timothy S. Black and a legal extern for TriHealth. Additionally, Maria volunteered for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, where she worked to help survivors of human trafficking expunge criminal records and fully reintegrate into society.

Before pursuing a legal education, Maria worked in a variety of positions related to addressing gender-based violence in the community and supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Maria earned her bachelor's degrees in communication studies and political science from Ohio University.


  • Honoree, Ernest Karam Book Award for Academic Excellence (2017)

  • Honoree, Ohio Women Leaders Scripps Multicultural Enhancement Award (2013)

  • Honoree, Donald J. Polden Student Leadership Prize (2019)

All Service Areas


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (2019)
  • Ohio University (2013)

    Bachelor's degrees in communication studies and political science


  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Cincinnati Bar Association


Community Involvement

  • Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

    Cincy Next 2021 Class