Qualification(s): B Com, LLB (UNSW)
Julian Schimmel is a Principal in Maurice Blackburn's class actions department in Sydney.
Julian recently conducted two class actions in the Federal Court of Australia for patients who were implanted with the DePuy LCS Duofix knee implants and for patients who were implanted with DePuy ASR hip implants. These class actions are both against DePuy International Ltd, which manufactured the implants, and against Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Limited, which sold the implants in Australia. The DePuy ASR hip implants class action was launched in February 2011 and in March 2016 the parties agreed on a settlement of the class action for $250 million, with the Federal Court of Australia approving the settlement on 29 June 2016. The settlement is the largest class action settlement in the Federal Court of Australia and overall the third largest class action settlement in Australian legal history.
The DePuy LCS Duofix knee implants class action was settled in August 2012, with the Federal Court of Australia approving the settlement in December 2012 and many patients since receiving payment under the settlement regime.
Julian has worked on several large shareholder class actions, most recently helping to secure $39.5 million in compensation for 1,300 AWB shareholders who were misled about the company's involvement in the oil-for-food kickback scandal. Julian has also worked on a shareholder class action against OZ Minerals and a cartel class action against Amcor/Visy.
Like many other Maurice Blackburn lawyers, Julian is passionate about social justice and is working on a class action against the NSW Government over the false imprisonment of children by police. He also acts for and provides advice to Greenpeace.
Before joining Maurice Blackburn in December 2007, Julian had almost four years experience as a criminal defence lawyer working for the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern and Wollongong, where he was vigilant in ensuring that Aboriginal Australians had access to justice and proper legal representation when they became entangled in the criminal justice system.
Julian has also previously worked as a lawyer at the New South Wales Crown Solicitor's Office and at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.