Maria Zalessky, Esq.

Ms. Zalessky was born in the section of the USSR that is currently Ukraine. She is bilingual in English and Russian. Her family transplanted to Colorado in the early 90’s and she has lived there ever since.

Her legal experience stems from an early curiosity related to the written word. Before law school, she received numerous accolades related to her writing, including winning the Rosenberry Award during her undergraduate education. She took first place in Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry in the Student Literary Awards at the University of Northern Colorado, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English with a minor in Writing.

Just before attending law school at the University of Denver, Ms. Zalessky worked at one of the premier Workers’ Compensation law firms in Colorado, and then a primarily Plaintiffs’-side personal injury firm. During law school, Ms. Zalessky prosecuted municipal code violations under the Colorado Student Practice Act, worked at the City Attorney’s Office after receiving a highly competitive internship with the City of Englewood, and clerked for a small transactional firm that handled primarily business law, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial leases. One of her most meaningful experiences during law school was her participation in the Tribal Wills Program, where she drafted wills and estate planning documents for indigenous peoples all over the Western United States.

Following law school, Ms. Zalessky clerked for a judge whose docket featured criminal and domestic relations matters. She then worked for a primarily civil litigation defense firm in Denver, before moving to Law One in late 2020.

For most cases, Ms. Zalessky believes settlement is the best course of action. However, when litigation is necessary, her recipe for success includes thorough investigation, information gathering, and effective communication between all parties.