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Mariya Atanasova

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Biography

Mariya Atanasova is an Associate at Barasch & McGarry working handling all aspects of clients’ 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) claims including appeals and amendments to existing VCF claims.

Mariya was born and raised in Bulgaria. She went to a German high school followed by an American University, both in South Eastern Europe. Her exposure to a multi-cultural environment fostered her educational curiosity and desire to build a career with a positive imprint on humanity.  Fluent in several languages, Mariya first came to the USA in 2010 for a semester abroad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she took numerous law classes and developed an immense interest in and respect for the American legal system. Upon her return to the American University in Bulgaria, Mariya was determined to pursue an advanced degree in law. Prior to graduating college, she was already admitted to New York Law School with a scholarship. Mariya earned her double-major Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations and Business Administration.  A few short months after her college graduation, Mariya began her legal education.

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 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund team in 2013, while simultaneously going to law school full time. After passing the New York State Bar, she accepted a full-time position at Barasch & McGarry where she has dedicated her career to advocating on behalf of people affected by the tragedy of 9/11. Her tireless advocacy and extensive knowledge of the VCF process has resulted in millions of dollars in recoveries for 9/11 responders and survivors.

  • Education

    • New York Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2015 
    • American University in Bulgaria, 2012
  • Admitted To Practice

    • New York, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2004
  • Notable Results

    • Got a client awarded an economic loss award on appeal through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), even though the client did not meet the statutory disability requirements.
    • Found a client eligible on appeal after the VCF denied her for failure to meet the presence requirements since she was only a commuter through the zone.
    • Won a VCF appeal which got a client an economic loss award for years beyond the  age of 65 (the statutory cutoff for lost earnings).
    • Successfully got a client compensation for pain and suffering related to his multiple myeloma after he was originally denied one because he did not dismiss/settle his prior WTC litigation timely. This resulted in a revision of the written policy to include a special clause for conditions not on the original WTCHP list.

    Additionally, Mariya has secured multiple million dollar awards for her clients including individual recoveries for: $2,623,010, $1,415,993, and $1,156,348.

  • Awards & Recognition

    • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019
    • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2020
  • Professional Memberships

    • New York County Lawyers’ Association
    • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

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