Maria’s practice is concentrated in the area of civil litigation and administrative law, with emphasis on commercial, labour and private disputes, workplace safety and health, collections, construction, insurance, personal injury, human rights, real estate, bankruptcy, and aboriginal matters.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Political Science) from the University of Winnipeg, 1988.
Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba, 1991.
CALL TO THE BAR: Manitoba, 1992
REPRESENTATIVE CASES/TRANSACTIONS: Maria has appeared in Courts in virtually every level in Manitoba, including administrative tribunals and Northern Flood Agreement matters representing a major utility.
Her litigation and administrative work involves having represented both claimants and respondents, including individuals, corporations, insurance companies, financial institutions, and municipalities.
Since 1995, Maria has provided legal services to Manitoba Women’s Enterprise Centre, an Initiative established to improve business and economic opportunities for women in Manitoba. In this context, she has been exposed to a variety of issues including the balancing of legal rights and policy considerations.
Since 1998, Maria has provided legal services to a major utility in Manitoba under the Northern Flood Agreement. Maria has also provided services to certain First Nation organizations and First Nation Education Authorities. Services have primarily focused on contracts and employment and human resource related matters. Having provided these services, Maria has gained significant experience in understanding many of the issues and policy considerations facing such initiatives and First Nations
LEGAL TEACHINGS: Sessional lecturer for the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law for the last nine years.
Learning Facilitator, Continuing Legal Education Program.
OTHER SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Presented seminars to various women groups touching upon basic issues concerning legal rights, entitlements and small businesses matters.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board of Director at Misericordia Health Centre
Honourary Counsel for the Italian Canadian League of Manitoba, the umbrella organization for the Italian community of Manitoba
Past President of the Centro Caboto Centre, the property manager for the Giovanni Caboto Centre of Manitoba
A director of Prairie Theatre Exchange
Former director of the Dante Alighieri Cultural Society of Manitoba
Former director of W.I.S.H. (Women in Second Stage Housing)