Maria joined Lorway MacEachern McLeod Burke in 2022 as an associate. She is thrilled to have moved back home to Cape Breton to start her legal career after eleven years of living and working across the country. She obtained a Criminal Justice Specialization, the first of its kind in Canada, upon graduating from law school at Dalhousie. Through her previous career in public relations – working for large organizations such as the QEII Foundation, Halifax Water, and within the Procurement Department for the Province of Nova Scotia – Maria developed the critical skills necessary for negotiation and litigation that she fine-tuned during law school. Maria is developing a general practice currently focused on Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Wills and Estate Planning, and Family Law.
Maria was raised with a strong sense of community awareness and never hesitates to volunteer her time and skillset wherever she can. She sits on several boards and was named the recipient of the Dawn Russell Community Commitment Award upon graduating, a discretionary award chosen by faculty and staff for her commitment to community service. During law school, she took on many involvements to expand her understanding of the law, enable legal services to the public, and help other students succeed. Most notably she was named Judicial Board Chair for the Dalhousie Students’ Union, where she reviewed appeals of by-law infringements by students, led public hearings, and wrote public decisions.
Nova Scotia Bar Admission – 2022
Dalhousie University (JD, Criminal Justice Certificate)
St. Francis Xavier University (BA, English, minor in Psychology)
Nova Scotia Community College (Advanced Diploma in Public Relations)
Professional and Community Involvement:
Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society
Cape Breton Barrister’s Society
Canadian Bar Association
Three Brothers Project (Board Member)
Nova Scotia Speech and Hearing (Board Member)
Welcoming Housing and Support Services (Board VP)
Previous VP Membership for the International Association of Business Communicators
Previous Professional Mentor with Immigration Services of Nova Scotia