María Lorena was born in Valdivia, Chile, in 1972 and she was admitted in 1998.
She earned her law degree from Central University of Chile, graduating summa cum laude in 1998. She holds a Master of Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (1999), certification in litigation in Family Court (2008), and Economic Compensation (2010). She was a speaker at the Seminar on Parental Alienation Syndrome in November 2008 and June 2009.
She was an aid at the Central University of Chile Law School from 1999 to 2001; director of the Family Law Association (2011); and a member of the Chilean Bar Association and of the International Association of Family Lawyers (AIJUDEFA).
Since 2005, she has been specializing in Family Law litigation.
She was an associate at Saldivia, Contreras, Inalaf, Würth, Espinoza, Prieto y Cía. (2003-2009); and a partner in Legal Santiago (2009-2010).
She became an associate at Puga Ortiz Abogados in 2019.