Rowena graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2014 and was admitted to practice in 2015. Before commencing with Angela Sdrinis Legal she worked as a solicitor in civil litigation and dispute resolution with a particular focus on workers compensation, employment and anti-discrimination law, and as an industrial officer with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.
Rowena has a strong industrial relations background having worked as a union official with various trade unions prior to embarking on her legal career. She has extensive experience advocating on behalf of hundreds of workers in both the public and private sectors and is a skilled negotiator.
As a law student Rowena undertook an internship with the Ombudsman Tasmania. She also worked as a researcher on a consultancy between the University of Tasmania, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Commonwealth Secretariat, contributing to the development of a Freedom of Information policy for the Kingdom of Tonga. Following the launch of the policy in 2012, Rowena co-authored an article on Freedom of Information Law Reform in South Pacific Micro-States published in the Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
Rowena is passionate about social justice and animal welfare and volunteers as a member of the board of animal rescue organisation Just Cats Tasmania.