Maria is an uncompromising advocate for her clients, and a strong believer in using the law to fight for social change. She takes the time to understand their situations and takes a highly individualized approach to each case to obtain the best result possible. At Gillian Hnatiw & Co., Maria practices civil litigation in the areas of health law, administrative law, professional regulation and liability, and employment law. Maria is passionate about using the law to combat gender-based violence in all its forms, and treats her clients with the sensitivity, compassion and respect that they deserve.
Prior to joining Gillian Hnatiw & Co., Maria practiced corporate law and financial litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. She maintained an active pro bono practice focusing on LGBTQ+ asylum claims. Maria clerked for the Ontario Court of Appeal from 2018-2019, where she worked with Justices Pepall, Trotter, and Huscroft on a range of criminal and civil appellate matters.
While studying at Harvard Law School, Maria was the Co-Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, and active on the Board of Directors of the Prisoner Legal Assistance Project. She also worked at Harvard’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, appearing in Boston’s Family Court. During the summer, Maria interned at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate in the United Nations Headquarters.
Maria is passionate about legal advocacy and equitable, accessible legal representation. She was born in Russia and raised in Toronto, and is happy to provide services in Russian, as well as to communicate in Spanish.
Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Award (2020)
New York State (2018)
McGill University, B.A. (Highest Distinction), 2013
Harvard University, J.D. (Highest Distinction), 2017
New York State Bar Association