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13 December 2022 

The promotions include 10 Principal Lawyers, six Special Counsels, 14 Senior Associates and 26 Associates. Women make up 38 of the 56 promotions.

Chief Executive Officer Jacob Varghese congratulated all the lawyers on their achievements.

“We are fortunate at Maurice Blackburn to have many talented and committed people working to deliver great outcomes for our clients.

“It’s pleasing to see so many female leaders being recognised, with women making up six of the 10 new Principal Lawyers, and four of the six new Special Counsels.

“Our firm remains a strong supporter of women in leadership roles, including delivering 50 per cent gender diversity in our Board appointments since 2018,” he said.

The new promotions recognise lawyers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The promotions also represent all the firm’s practice areas, including injuries, dust diseases, abuse law, medical negligence, employment, wills and estates, superannuation and insurance, class actions and litigation funding.

Full list of Maurice Blackburn’s 2023 promotions:

Promoted to Principal Lawyer

  • John Rule
  • Nina Abbey
  • Jacinta Lewin
  • Claire Gibbs
  • Samuel Pearce
  • Dirk Luff
  • Melissa Meyers
  • Mala Heffernan
  • Zoltan Kozma
  • Janelle Medhurst

Promoted to Special Counsel

  • Jarrah Ekstein
  • Julian Brown
  • Nicki Lees
  • Patricia McMullan
  • Ellen Parry
  • Charles Noonan

Promoted to Senior Associate

  • Dimi Talevski
  • Melissa Stephens
  • Nikita Moyle
  • Kirsten Van Der Wal
  • Allison Grimley
  • Ty Redmond
  • Bridie Murphy
  • Zoe Keane
  • Sarah Sorrell
  • Amy Williams
  • Rachel Davis
  • Penny Parker
  • Ric Traini
  • Georgina Overend

Promoted to Associate

  • Milly Cain
  • Bethany Moore
  • Christian Raso
  • Hayley Stokes
  • Laura Davies
  • Omar Sarac
  • Zoe Papageorgiou
  • Charleton O'Brien
  • Teagan Hickey
  • Jenna Cruikshank
  • Phillip White
  • Catherine Iliadis
  • Andrew Herzig
  • Rebecca Coulter
  • Mark Callender
  • Jermia Burton
  • Liam Kelly
  • Carla Cipressi
  • Emily Ormerod
  • Nina Smart
  • Amy Ryan
  • Jake Tyler
  • Jonathon Barlow
  • Jessica Brake
  • Rebecca Barrand
  • Katharine Wood


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