The hands –on education style at New York Law School taught Mariya not only how to build a solid theoretical knowledge of the law, but also how to apply it on a daily basis. She was admitted into the prestigious Securities Arbitration Clinic, where she worked pro bono on real disputes between individual small investors/customers and their brokers. Mariya represented customers who had lodged complaints against their brokers through the arbitration divisions of securities industry Self-Regulatory Organizations (SROs), such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). This experience solidified her lawyering skills in interviewing, case theory development, fact investigation and analysis, counseling and negotiation. The experience at the Securities Arbitration Clinic reinforced Mariya’s decision to devote her career to providing legal help to victims of injustice.
Mariya began working at Barasch McGarry as a legal intern on the Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund team in 2013, while simultaneously going to law school full time. She has dedicated her career to advocating on behalf of people affected by the tragedy of 9/11 and has remained at the firm as an Associate Attorney since graduating law school. After passing the NYS Bar Exam, she was admitted to the NYS Bar. She is a member of both the New York County Lawyers’ Association & the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.