Qualification(s): BA, MHR, JD, GradDipLegPrac
Alex Schonell is a compassionate and tenacious asbestos compensation Associate dedicated to getting the best and quickest possible results for his clients. He is based in Maurice Blackburn’s Brisbane office and sees clients throughout Queensland.
Alex began his legal career at the firm in 2015 as a paralegal is our class actions department. He completed his legal traineeship in personal injuries and asbestos practice areas, and is now solely dedicated to clients in asbestos and dust diseases.
Alex also has experience as a clerk in a major Australian commercial law firm, and he previous worked at one of the Big Four banks. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Human Rights, Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
Alex has helped many people with compensation claims for mesothelioma, asbestosis, silicosis and other dust diseases in New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory and New Zealand.
He has significant skills in litigation and historical research, and he enjoys the challenge of going the extra mile to track down evidence and witnesses from many decades ago.
“I chose to work in this area because I find holding wrongdoers to account and giving a voice to people who are injured through no fault of their own deeply rewarding,” says Alex.
“I am inspired by the resilience and determination of my clients and their families in the face of unimaginable adversity, and I am passionate about using my legal skills to ensure that people who have been treated unfairly have access to justice and the compensation they deserve.
“The most rewarding thing about my work is assisting my clients and their families from the beginning of the process to the very end. I became a lawyer to stand up and help people, and I am privileged to be able to do this every single day.
“I am acutely aware of the overwhelming physical, emotional, financial and time pressures my clients and their families experience. This awareness drives me in everything I do. I strive to resolve every case as quickly and compassionately as possible.”
Alex believes it is important to give back to his local community. He has previously volunteered with the Marrickville Legal Centre, Shopfront Youth Legal Centre, Sri Lanka Evidence Project and with a number of refugee organisations. He was also a volunteer firefighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Since moving to Queensland, he has continued to help those in need, volunteering his time in community legal centres and assisting asylum seekers with visa applications.