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Mara M. Hirz, Esq.

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Mara is both passionate and driven, striving to earn the best possible results for her clients. Before becoming an attorney, Mara had a successful career in technology, working as a project engineer in microelectronic assembly and packaging. Although she enjoyed the technical challenges of engineering, Mara wanted to refocus her career on something with a greater human impact. To that end, Mara returned to school and earned her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her M.B.A. from the Monte-Ahuja College of Business.

While at Cleveland-Marshall, Mara participated in the first annual Global Legal Hackathon, an international competition that strives to improve the legal industry with technology and innovation. Mara’s team was an international finalist, and her interest in how technology operates within the confines of the law was born.

Mara’s combined interests in justice, criminal law, and technology, lead her to Friedman & Nemecek. Prior to joining the team as an associate attorney, Mara worked as a law clerk for the firm, while pursuing her dual degrees.

Mara’s practice focuses on criminal, white collar, and cyber defense. As part of the Friedman & Nemecek legal team, she has been instrumental in a wide variety of matters including international cyber cases, complex financial fraud investigations, complicated corporate disputes, and internet sex crimes. Mara brings an important dynamic to the firm with her engineering and business background, which effectively addresses the many sophisticated technological and business matters that confront our clients.

Mara is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. She is also on the Board of the League of Women Voters Oberlin Area.

While she is not in the office, Mara enjoys renovating her century-old house, reading cooking magazines, and cuddling with her rescue pit bull.


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2020
    • Graduated Cum Laude
    • Global Legal Hackathon International Finalist, 2018
  • Monte-Ahuja College of Business, M.B.A., 2020
  • Cleveland State University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2017
    • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Lorain County Community College, A.S. Mechantronics, 2015
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude


  • Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. – Attorney, 2021 to Present
  • Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. – Law Clerk, 2018 to 2021
  • SMART Microsystems, L.L.C. – Project Engineer, 2017 to 2019
  • SMART Microsystems, L.L.C. – Lead Technician, 2015 to 2017


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, 2020 to Present
  • League of Women Voters Oberlin Area, Board Member, 2020 to Present

Award-Winning Criminal Defense Representation

  • AVVO
  • Super Lawyers
  • American Board
  • American Bar Foundation
  • ACLU
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

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