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Rising stars

Rising stars

By Law Institute Journal

Advocacy Ceremonies Competition Workplace Young Persons 


At the 14th Victorian Legal Awards 11 emerging stars are recognised in the Lex Medicus Rising Star Award.


Phoebe Blank, senior associate, Kennedys

Phoebe was the 2017 LIV Young Lawyers president and professional development co-chair. Workplace lawyer Phoebe is dedicated to health and wellbeing in the workplace and for young lawyers. She co-initiated the LIV Run Club and is a strong advocate for the rights of young lawyers.

Monique Hurley, school/youth lawyer, WEstjustice

Prior to her current role, Monique completed a Master of Laws at Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar, worked as a lawyer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, served as an associate to Justice Melanie Sloss of the Supreme Court of Victoria and worked at Clayton Utz.

Nicki Lees, pro bono litigation leader, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Nicki works in the areas of refugee law, gender based violence and corporate accountability. She is passionate about achieving social change by bringing together different sectors and ideas. Nicki connects with people from all walks of life and shares her experiences with younger lawyers.

Scott McKenzie, director, Velocity Legal

Scott is co-owner and a founding director of Velocity Legal. He established his own breakaway firm with three senior colleagues from a large national firm. Scott leads Velocity Legal’s commercial law practice.

Katie Minogue, senior associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Katie Minogue has written articles for legal publications, including the LIJ, spoken at conferences and appeared before the House of Representatives on driverless cars and the law. As senior associate and leader of Maurice Blackburn’s Traralgon office, she oversees 17 legal and support staff providing legal services to injured clients in Gippsland. Katie is a former member of the LIV Transport Accident Committee, an LIV accredited specialist in personal injury and a recommended lawyer in Doyle’s Guide.

Emma Newnham, solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons

Emma specialises in public and private M&A. She is an active participant in KWM’s pro bono and workplace giving program, has assisted numerous people through the Justice Connect Homeless Law program and is a mentor to junior lawyers.

Max Paterson, co-founder, Settify

Max is a family lawyer. Settify uses artificial intelligence to provide clients with personalised, customised information about their matter and take a full brief of instructions. With more than 70 partner firms, Settify has assisted in more than $3 billion worth of property division matters since February 2017. In 2012, Max founded BottledSnail Productions Inc, the theatre company for Melbourne’s legal profession.

Katerina Patras, associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

An associate in the road and work injuries department, Katerina has forged a strong presence as a leading advocate for her local communities. She works from the firm’s Dandenong and Oakleigh offices. Fluent in Greek, Katerina also gives back to the community through her volunteer work and presentations. A natural leader, she drives the strategy of the firm in areas such as cultural diversity and file systems and processes.

Bridie Walsh, medical negligence lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Bridie has published papers and presented talks at conferences on medical law. She loves women’s AFL and is in the Richmond VFLW squad. She is on the Thick & Thin board which aims to promote mental health issues arising in football teams.

Merys Williams, lawyer, Robinson Gill Lawyers

Merys runs a diverse personal injury practice. She has contributed to the community through involvement in voluntary and cause-related legal work. She is passionate about social justice and access to justice, as exemplified by her wide-ranging volunteer work and advocacy. She is a student mentor, contributor to the LIJ and the Law Handbook, and is on the LIV Human Rights Committee.

Demetrio Zema, founder and director, Law Squared

Law Squared is a commercial and litigation firm working with entrepreneurs and high growth businesses. The firm has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with a team of 18. Law Squared takes an entrepreneurial approach to the provision of legal services.

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