Before joining the ACLU of Utah as Staff Attorney in March 2007, Marina worked with the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, in the Appellate Division. In this capacity she worked on numerous appeals for indigent clients, in defense of their constitutional rights including drafting appellate briefs on issues ranging from the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, to the constitutionality of Utah legislation pertaining to child endangerment.
Prior to that, Marina was an associate at the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in San Francisco, concentrating on commercial litigation, as well as intellectual property counseling and litigation. During her tenure there, a significant part of her practice was the representation of pro bono clients, including: a petition for asylum on behalf of a refugee from the Congo; a petition for habeas corpus relief; and working with local high school students in a program created to increase awareness for the law, and strengthen public speaking and writing skills for non-native English speaking students.
Marina grew up in Northern California and before graduating from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, spent two years working in marketing at Hewlett-Packard in Grenoble, France. Marina is married and is a proud mother of two adorable girls.