NSW Asbestos lawyer from Maurice Blackburn takes out top law award
1 November 2012
Theodora Ahilas, principal in asbestos law at Maurice Blackburn is the winner of the NSW Justice Medal, an annual award from Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.
Ms Ahilas won the accolade for her outstanding contribution to achieving justice for people with asbestos-related diseases and their families. It was presented by The Hon. Paul Stein QC AM, Chair of the Foundation at a ceremony at NSW Parliament last night at a dinner attended by 400 people.
Ms Ahilas is Principal of Asbestos and Dust Diseases in NSW has acted for hundreds of asbestos victims and their families in that state and the ACT over the past 21 years. In addition to law, Ms Ahilas holds degrees in social work and arts.
The judges noted in awarding the prize that Ms Ahilas is "a specialist in this area of law, and she is known for her extraordinary compassion and commitment to supporting the families of clients as they deal with the psychological scars of sudden and dreadful diagnosis and death."
Ben Slade, managing principal said: "The firm is very proud of this extraordinary achievement. It is very well deserved and is a testimony to Theodora's dedication as a legal practitioner and passionate advocate in the area of asbestos-related disease. Theodora won the prize over eight other very worthy nominees. The Justice Medal is the pinnacle of prizes among seven that were awarded in other categories."
It is prohibited under NSW law, to provide further details about Ms Ahilas' area of practice and details of her successful cases.