Background & Experience
Maria Koroneos joined Koskie Glavin Gordon in February 2016. She has been providing legal assistance to unions and their members since 2003. Maria’s practice has provided the opportunity to appear before various boards and tribunals, including labour arbitration panels, BC Labour Relations Board, WorkSafeBC’s Review Division, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, Social Security Tribunal (Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan appeals), as well as the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Prior to joining the Koskie Glavin Gordon, Maria was an associate with two other boutique labour law firms, and also spent some time as a legal representative with CUPE. With a keen interest in privacy rights and employee fairness, in the past she has also acted as a privacy officer, and has assisted with workplace policies and management.
Over the years, Maria has had the privilege of assisting many individuals successfully appeal their denial of disability benefits. Before turning her focus to labour law, Maria was a legal aid lawyer and supervisor of the North Shore Community Law Office. In that capacity, she provided all levels of assistance and representation to individuals in matters such as workers' compensation, provincial disability and CPP disability benefits appeals, employment insurance, residential tenancy and small claims. She also liaised with government offices and community agencies, and provided legal education to the community, which included a monthly legal clinic for seniors. Her work also involved connecting with key stakeholders to assess and define the legal needs of the community, as well as coordinating funded public legal education and literacy projects.
Maria also has experience as an instructor, teaching in the paralegal program of Vancouver Community College for over five years. She has taught in-classroom and on-line courses in Legal Research, Agency and Business Structures, and Legal Communications. Also, she has facilitated and created workshops on privacy rights and workplace violence for unions. She is the co-author of a casebook that has been used in post-secondary courses for over 10 years now.