Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): LLB, MA (Development Studies)

Jane McDermott is a Principal Lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, Australia's leading social justice law firm. Jane assists people with asbestos diseases gain compensation. She is based in Maurice Blackburn's Melbourne office.

Jane has over 16 years experience litigating asbestos claims and has successfully run claims in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. She works exclusively in asbestos law and is dedicated to getting the best results for her clients. She is well recognised for her professionalism, persistence and dedication to her clients and all asbestos disease sufferers.

Jane was a key proponent in the recent drive to lessen the burden on asbestos sufferers by excluding them from the operation of the Wrongs Act in the Wrongs Amendment (Asbestos Related Claims) Act 2015 in Victoria.

In 2011, Jane provided the legal content to the Victorian Cancer Council for its publication Mesothelioma: A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends

As part of her social justice commitment, Jane is the Principal responsible for representing RN, an asylum seeker who lost his eye in the Manus Island Violence of February 2014. 

Before becoming a lawyer, Jane worked in foreign aid, managing community development and health projects in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. She remains committed to social justice goals and has volunteered at the Fitzroy Legal Service.

Jane is conversant in Spanish and Bahasa Indonesian.

Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance member
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand member
  • Asbestoswise member
  • Asbestos Council of Australia member