Ms. Mary BrettLaw Offices of Mary Brett
Chief Election Officer Representing the Republican Party, Fairfax County, Virginia
11797 Bayfield Court
Reston, VA 20194
Phone: 202 341 7949
Law School: George Mason University School of Law (1994)
Foreign Languages: German, Spanish, Italian
I was born and raised in Connecticut, and eagerly moved to Washington, DC at 17 to attend Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. While at Georgetown, I interned with then Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-CT) during the Panama Canal Treaty hearings; worked for the U.S. Department of State's Economics Bureau's East-West Trade Division leading up to the China Trade Agreement, and served on the Kampuchean Working Group; all while maintaining the most fantastic work-study job ever as Undergraduate Assistant to the Dean of the School of Foreign Service. In that position, I was honored to hostess VIP tours and events for world leaders on a weekly basis, ranging from Menachem Begin to the Dalai Lama to George H. W. Bush's announcement of his Presidential candidacy in 1979.
After earning my BSFS in International Economics from Georgetown in 1981, I joined the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1991, I began my legal studies at night, earning my JD from George Mason University School of Law in 1994.
I have been in private practice since that time, as I raised four children alone from 1988, and my primary focus was on them until 2004. (Patrick of New York City, Penn-Wharton'02, College'02, M.S.'08; Megan of San Francisco, MIT'04, M.S.'08; Bridget of Houston, MIT'06, M.S.'08; and Brian of Chicago, USC'08)
As a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar, I have engaged in a multi-faceted practice encompassing criminal and civil trial and appellate practice, immigration, employment, intellectual property, international business, and veterans law.
I assist the Christian Legal Aid Society of DC at street law clinics for indigents, and I am a member of the John Carroll Society, Catholic legal professionals united in service who notably host the annual Red Mass for Supreme Court Justices and members of the legal community in October.
I have a wealth of experience in a broad range of legal disciplines and enjoy crafting solutions and re-establishing harmony in the lives of my clients. I am equally comfortable in front of a jury or writing a persuasive brief for an administrative tribunal, but I endeavor to resolve my clients' dilemmas before they ever get to such an adversarial posture.