Dinamary appears in the
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Founder and Principal, Maxe Law
Tell us about your practice.
I am the founder and principal of Maxe Law, a firm that focuses on employment law specializing in workplace investigations and compliance training, I am based in Rockport, Massachusetts and provide services on the east coast.
With the rise of the 'Me-Too Movement' and the heightened awareness of misconduct in the workplace, there has been a significant increase in reports of interpersonal conflict, inappropriate behaviors, and threats of violence. It is prudent for companies to hire outside investigators to analyze these situations – and that is what I do.
I conduct impartial investigations of employment complaints into allegations of workplace misconduct including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violence, bullying, dishonesty, ethical and policy violations and whistle-blowing. I conduct training sessions on compliance related topics including discrimination prevention, sexual harassment prevention, and diversity and inclusion, always tailoring them to the specific needs of my clients.
Who are your Clients?
My clients include public entities, private employers, and educational institutions. I am routinely hired by them directly, or as a result of referrals from their go-to employment litigation defense firm (who do not conduct investigations for their clients in order to avoid disqualification from defending the related litigation). At Maxe Law, we are dedicated to providing professional, compassionate legal service to our clients for their overall well-being.
What sets you apart from other law firms in the same realm?
When there are conflicts in the workplace, the employer must obtain reliable facts in order to reach a resolution. As an impartial investigator, I hear both sides and through analysis provide a thorough report with my findings of facts. My role as an investigator is not to advocate or represent any of the parties involved in the investigation. I am a neutral party that is assessing the current workplace in a way that demonstrates compassion, professionalism, and responsiveness. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and communicate effectively with employee witnesses, members of leadership, and other key stakeholders throughout the course of the investigation is critical. I maintain high ethical standards and integrity, with a deep respect for privacy and confidentiality. My ability to relate on a multicultural level, provide training and conduct investigations in both English and Spanish, positions Maxe Law as a leader in this field.
Do you have any additional certifications regarding the type of work that you do?
I am a certificate holder with the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), and a Convener for the AWI New England Local Circle. I am also certified by the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD) to conduct anti-discrimination and investigation training, as well as a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
How did you end up focusing on employment law?
I grew up in New York and attended Long Island University, CW Post Campus earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Political Science. I attended law school and received my Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to establishing my practice, I litigated employment law matters with Jackson Lewis LLP, where I advised and counseled employers on a wide variety of employment law issues. I also served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford in Connecticut and was responsible for employment matters, policy development, and litigation management.
When and how did you decide to start your own firm?
As a new mom, I wanted the flexibility to spend quality time with my daughter, Isabella Maxe, and build my firm to assist employers with navigating challenging situations. My experience in employment law set the foundation for me to eventually start my own practice. In 2016, after relocating from Connecticut to Massachusetts, I established Maxe Law.
How do you balance being a mother and a working professional?
As a working mother and attorney, I enjoy the most gratifying aspects of both family life and my chosen career. There are always challenges, but I am truly inspired and motivated by my daughter and my husband, who encouraged me to start my own practice. I am also very fortunate to have an amazing bond with my step-daughter, Sarah and am very grateful to my extended family– my parents and my in-laws, who have been extremely supportive of me, my family and my career. If you work hard and build your practice through respect, courage, and the ongoing commitment to truly helping others, you can achieve sustainable, gratifying success.
“Maxe Law is dedicated to providing professional, compassionate legal service to our clients for their overall well-being.”
Dinamary Horvath, Esq.
Maxe Law, LLC
Workplace Investigations | Compliance Training | Mediation