Maria Grande

Maria Grande
Maria’s practice is concentrated in the area of civil and commercial litigation and administrative law.

Maria Grande




Maria’s practice is concentrated in the area of civil and commercial litigation and administrative law. Maria has experience in dealing with legal issues in a broad range of areas including workplace safety and health matters, insurance, contractual disputes, personal injury, negligence, construction litigation, estate/trust litigation, debtor/creditor litigation, human rights, Indigenous and employment law matters.


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 Matters :

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 at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law 2001 to 2010 (Sales & Consumer Law)
Learning Facilitator, Continuing Legal Education Program 2009/2010
University of Manitoba Advocacy Program Moot Judge First Year Law Students (2013)
Authored article titled “Liability Insurance - Duty to Defend Do you have the insurance coverage you think you have?” published in The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association newsletter, The Heavy News Weekly in March 2011.

Other Specialty Engagements:
2012 - Manitoba Heavy Construction Association - “An overview on Construction Bonds”
2012 - Appraisal Institute - “Expert Evidence in Property Valuations”
2010-2014 - Manitoba Women’s Enterprise Centre - “Basic Considerations to Start Up of a Business”
2012- Participation in Ukraine Judges Delegation - “Judicial Education For Economic Growth Project - Technical Mission To Canada on Canadian Justice System and Pre-Trial Dispute Settlement hosted by the Honourable Mr. Justice Bryk

Other Speaking Engagements:

Presented seminars to various women groups touching upon basic issues concerning legal rights, entitlements and small businesses matters.

Community Involvements:

Chair at Misericordia Health Centre, and Chair of the Governance Committee.
Honorary 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 Giovanni Caboto Centre of Manitoba).
Vice Chair of Prairie Theatre Exchange Board of Directors.
Former director of the Dante Alighieri Cultural Society of Manitoba.
Former director of W.I.S.H. (Women in Second Stage Housing).
Former director of Winnipeg Southend United Soccer Club.

  • Selected Leading Aboriginal Law Decisions
    Calder v. British Columbia, [1973] S.C.R. 313 This case is the origin of modern Aboriginal law. The Nishga sued for a declaration that their “Indian title” had never been extinguished. Eight of nine judges agreed Aboriginal title could exist because Aboriginal people lived in Canada before the arrival of Europeans.

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  • Liability Insurance
    Lawsuits are common in the construction industry. When embarking on any major construction project, companies will often obtain insurance to protect themselves in the event of an accident (an event which is neither expected nor intended). However, on occasion, a claim arises in relation to a construction project where a company may not have the protection it believed it had in place. As a result, the company finds itself being met by the insurance company saying that the claim falls outside the policy, and the insurer saying it has no duty to defend the company in the lawsuit.

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  • Expropriation Matter
    Antoine Hacault and Maria Grande acted for a farmer whose land and buildings were expropriated resulting in compensation for them, and additional compensation of more than $1.8 million in consequential damages

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  • Compliance Day™ 2016
    We are pleased to announce that Compliance Day™ will be returning in 2016. Compliance Day™ is a half-day seminar covering a range of legal topics related to compliance. This year, the seminar will be held at the Inn at the Forks.

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