Mary C. Vargas
Ms. Vargas is committed to ensuring full and equal access for all individuals. She has litigated landmark cases pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act throughout the United States in federal and state courts including Argenyi v. Creighton University, Featherstone v. Pacific Northwest University, and J.D. v. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Ms. Vargas speaks nationally on issues including disability discrimination, food allergies and anaphylaxis, and Celiac Disease.
Prior to joining Stein & Vargas, LLP, Ms. Vargas was a staff attorney with the National Association of the Deaf. Ms. Vargas was the 2017 winner of the FARE Vision Award and the 2010 recipient of the Advocacy for People with Pain Award from the American Academy of Pain Management. Ms. Vargas served on the expert panel to develop Voluntary Recommendations for Managing Celiac Disease in Schools, Child Care and Education Programs, a joint effort of Children’s National Medical Center, the Celiac Disease Foundation, and RESOLVE. Ms. Vargas was a 1998 Skadden Fellow and a 1994 Truman Scholar. She also wrote for the American Bar Association, Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter and co-authored the Fifth Edition of Legal Rights, A Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.
Ms. Vargas obtained a B.S. in deaf education from the College of New Jersey, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut, School of Law. While in law school, she was appointed to the Client Advocacy Board and served as student director of the Yale Law School, Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities Clinic.
Ms. Vargas is a member of the bars in Connecticut, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She associates with local counsel around the country in bringing cases of special importance to individuals with disabilities and has argued in multiple federal district courts and United States Courts of Appeal.