Location(s): Sydney, Canberra
Qualification(s): BA, BSW, LLB (Hons)

Theodora Ahilas is head of Maurice Blackburn's asbestos and dust diseases national practice. She is a Principal Lawyer and Director in our Sydney office who has more than 29 years of experience in asbestos law, who is qualified to practice in Australia and New Zealand. This experience has been recognised by the prestigious Doyles Guide, which listed Theodora as one of only three leading lawyers in her field in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Theodora is a passionate champion for equality and access to justice regardless of age, race, gender and financial situation. Coming from a non-English speaking background and fluent in Greek, Theodora takes a particular interest in clients from similar circumstances.

“I knew from a fairly young age, that I wanted to go into law and do the kind of law that helps people. Equally important is that our clients irrespective of where they come from and how much money they have in their back pocket, have access to the best possible legal advice and are treated with equal dignity by their legal team.”

Theodora is a member of many organisations that help progress the interests of her clients. All of her associations are testament to Theodora’s compassion and empathy, and her commitment to fighting for fair. Being cross-culturally sensitive is also important to Theodora, and she understands the intricacies and subtleties involved in dealing with clients, their families, and their needs and wishes, often through interpreters.

As well as a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, Theodora also has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work, allowing her to be more aware of the emotional issues that arise when dealing with a client’s situation. She treats her clients with respect and understands the need for clients and their families to make the most of every moment. Theodora finds working in asbestos law inspiring, and she finds strength in her clients, the personal stories they tell and their courageous and tenacious will to ensure the compensation they fight for will stand their loved ones in good stead. She admires the honesty and integrity of her clients.

“In these trying circumstances, I witness the best of the human spirit and the lengths that people go to live. The thing that stays with me is the integrity with which they accept the end of life.”

Theodora willingly shares her experiences of helping people with dust diseases. She is a co-author of the Cancer Council of NSW's Understanding Mesothelioma book, which is part of a series of more than 50 free resources for people with cancer, their families and friends.

In 2012, Theodora was awarded the prestigious Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales “Justice Medal” in recognition of her achievements in improving access to justice for clients and their families, as well as her extraordinary compassion and commitment.

In 2018, Theodora was awarded the prestigious Law Society of New South Wales “President’s Medal” in recognition of her significant personal and professional contributions she has made to the betterment of law and justice in the community as a Solicitor and as a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.

Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Society of NSW Member
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance Member
  • Australian Commercial Disputes Centre Accredited Mediator
  • Women's Lawyers Association Member
  • Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Member
  • The Lung Foundation of Australia Member
  • Spastic Centre's McLeod Wheel of Friends Honorary Member
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Executive Member
  • Baird Institute of NSW Associate
  • Cancer Council of NSW Associate
  • Australian Association of Social Workers Member