Mariah E. Ogden
- University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
- Dean’s List
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- Law Review
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Mariah Ogden testified as a witness in an assault and battery trial at a young age, an experience that left a lasting impression in her life. Learning about the trial process, being on the witness stand and seeing how the law works at such a young age deepened her desire to help others navigate the legal system and heavily influenced her career path.
Mariah began her career in personal injury, where she advocated for individuals injured in vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents; sexual assault; and rideshare litigation throughout California. Today, Mariah maintains an active civil practice at PCVA, representing survivors of sexual assault against the predators and perpetrators that hurt them, including the powerful organizations and institutions that ignored, covered up or acted in secrecy for years, even decades. The work she does on behalf of her clients is challenging in many regards and extremely meaningful.
The cases Mariah takes on are emotionally charged, but her ability to keep a level head while obtaining justice for clients with heart-breaking, life-changing injuries is appreciable. In many cases, Mariah is the first person a client has confided in, trusted with their stories and their deepest feelings—shame, guilt, anxiety, anger, fear—and felt free to speak with honestly. She listens without judgment and makes her clients feel comfortable, ensuring that their voices are heard throughout the entire litigation process.
As a confidant to her clients, Mariah strikes an important balance between empathy and the need to be a strong, loyal, reliable and hardworking legal advocate, willing to pull out all the stops to obtain optimal results. She acknowledges that every client she serves has a unique story, and she is sensitive to the fact that each person experiences and processes the trauma of childhood sexual assault differently. In this way, she is more than a legal counselor; she is a trusted confidant, protector and advocate.
- California Consumer Attorneys of California, New Lawyers Division, Political Chair
- California Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Member
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member