About Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez is the managing partner of Rushing & Guice and has earned a reputation for providing sound counsel and meticulous representation. In addition to her significant experience in real estate and business and commercial law, Maria conducts a general civil practice that also includes land use, estate planning and administration, and serious personal injury.

Maria joined Rushing & Guice in 1997 and became a member of the firm in 2002.

Maria was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1994, the Mississippi Bar in 1995, the New York State Bar in 2015, and the Georgia Bar in 2019. She is admitted to practice in many courts, both state and federal, including the United States Court of International Trade. On May 1, 2017, Maria was admitted to practice and argue cases before the United States Supreme Court.

A native of Raceland, Louisiana, Maria earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1994.

In 2008, Maria was honored as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal. The Journal also named her one of Mississippi’s Top 40 Under 40 Young Business Leaders in 2007. The local chapter of the American Business Women’s Association honored Martinez, a two-term president, as its Woman of the Year in 2006. She was also chosen as a member of the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation’s 2012 Masters Class and the Coast Chamber’s Leadership Gulf Coast Class of 2014.

Maria belongs to several bar associations and is active in both professional and charitable organizations. Maria has served on various committees with the Ocean Springs Rotary Club and has served as President of the Southeast Land Title Association and President of CASA of Harrison and Stone Counties.


  • B.S., Louisiana State University, 1990
  • J.D., Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, 1994


  • Licensed in Mississippi, Louisiana, New York and Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the United States and United States Court of International Trade.

Rushing & Guice has been a successful and active law firm for over 100 years. Our attorneys have extensive experience, successfully handling a wide range of legal matters for both businesses and individuals.

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He has helped us with real estate matters, intellectual property matters, and has advised as to the family LLC. Each time we hired Mr. Guice, he proved himself as a stellar lawyer. He is ethical, honest, will take on anyone to protect his client’s interest, and never will you doubt whose side he’s on.

— Robert

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— Maureen


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— Pam

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