Mr Gavagna and his team are joining from Goodman Law, where Mr Gavagna has been the principal director for the past decade.
Prior to that, Mr Gavagna has worked with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Hunt & Hunt. He is also a qualified arbitrator and adjudicator.
“With Steven and his team on board, we have taken a substantial step towards our goal of building a full-service offering in the Canberra market,” Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said.
“Steven is particularly well-credentialed in the construction sector and the move will allow Steven to focus on this area, while providing clients with access to the expertise and resources of a national firm.”
Mr Gavagna and his team will join Mills Oakley on 4 April. Their appointment brings the Mills Oakley Canberra office to 45 staff members, up from eight when it opened in 2014.
Mills Oakley recently appointed planning and environment partners Anthony Whealy and Aaron Gadiel from Gadens, and commercial disputes partners Matt Roser and Peter Hodges from Ashurst and McLachlan Thorpe respectively.