Maria Crawford articled at Hartshorne & Mehl in 2009 and remained as an associate when she was called to the bar in 2010. Maria’s paramount concern in her practice is to obtain the best possible outcome for her client while also ensuring that justice and equity are maintained. Maria’s emphasis on respect for both the legal system, her fellow lawyers and their clients has allowed her to resolve contentious issues reasonably. When this is not possible, however, Maria is tenacious and relentless in her pursuit of the right outcome for her client. Maria loves her job and strongly believes that everyone deserves good legal counsel.
The majority of Maria’s trial experience is in the Supreme Court of British Columbia but she has also appeared before the Provincial Court in the first instance and on appeal. Maria also has extensive experience with mediation.
Maria’s strong sense of justice and her drive to protect society’s most vulnerable has led her to volunteer extensively with animal welfare and rights organizations. Her love of animals and her need to protect them began at a young age with volunteer dog walking at the SPCA and progressed to fundraising and rescuing homeless, injured and abused animals. Maria’s passion for animal welfare and the law united when she interned for the legal department at PETA, in Norfolk Virginia, during law school.
When Maria is not working, she is attempting to instill in her 2 daughters the values she upholds in her career and volunteer work. She enjoys beach walks with her dog and spending time with her family.
Personal Injury Litigation, Civil and Insurance Litigation, Administrative Law and Construction Law.
Called to the Bar in 2010.
Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of British Columbia, 2009.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of London, England, 2006.
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of British Columbia, 2003.
Languages: written and spoken fluency in French.
Law Society of British Columbia.