Maria Koroneos

Associate

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.

 

Education

  • University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Laws, Advocacy Honour Roll (Year II)
  • Temple University, School of Law, International Law Program (Summer Session, Athens)
  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts, International Relations

Bar Locations

  • British Columbia

Associations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Omeros Society of BC
  • Philhellenic Dance Association

Publications

  • Privacy Law and the Contemporary Workplace: Searches and Surveillance at Work (Researcher and co-Author, Queens University Privacy Conference, November 2013)
  • Jurisdictional Issues in Picketing (Co-Author, Continuing Legal Education Labour Relations Conference, May 2006)
  • Bad Faith Bargaining vs. Hard Bargaining (Co-Author, INSIGHT Labour & Employee Relations Conference, January 2006)
  • Update on the Hybrid Approach to Addiction-Related Misconduct (Author and Panelist, Continuing Legal Education Labour Arbitration Conference, June 2004)
  • When Privacy Interests Clash with Surveillance and Testing (Co-Author, INSIGHT Labour Relations Conference, February 2004)
  • Editor: Protesters’ Guide to the Law and Civil Disobedience in British Columbia (revisions and updates to the Olympic Edition, November 2009)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Accessing Employee Information" (Panelist, Lancaster House Workplace Privacy Conference, April 2005)
  • "Impact of Privacy Legislation on the Workplace" (Workshop Presentation for the College Institute Educators' Association of BC, May 2004)
  • "Workplace Violence: Rights and Responsibilities" (Workshop Presentation for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, October 2004)