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Maurice Blackburn promotes 56

National plaintiff firm Maurice Blackburn has elevated 10 lawyers to principal, six to special counsel, 14 to senior associate, and 26 to associate, with women making up two-thirds of those promoted.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 13 December 2022 Big Law
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Maurice Blackburn has unveiled its promotions round for January 2023, with 56 lawyers from its offices in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory being elevated to more senior positions.

Women make up 38 of the 56 promotions, marking 68 per cent of those assuming more senior roles.

The promotions represent, the firm said in a statement, all of its practice areas, including injuries, dust diseases, abuse law, medical negligence, employment, wills and estates, superannuation and insurance, class actions and litigation funding.


The promotions include 10 principals, six special counsel, 14 senior associates and 26 associates.

Speaking about the promotions round, Maurice Blackburn chief executive Jacob Varghese (pictured) congratulated the appointees on their achievements.

“We are fortunate at Maurice Blackburn to have many talented and committed people working to deliver great outcomes for our clients,” he proclaimed.

“It’s pleasing to see so many female leaders being recognised, with women making up six of the 10 new principal lawyers, and four of the six new special counsel.

“Our firm remains a strong supporter of women in leadership roles, including delivering 50 per cent gender diversity in our board appointments since 2018.”

The firm’s newest principals are John Rule, Nina Abbey, Jacinta Lewin, Claire Gibbs, Samuel Pearce, Dirk Luff, Melissa Meyers, Mala Heffernan, Zoltan Kozma and Janelle Medhurst.

The new special counsel are Jarrah Ekstein, Julian Brown, Nicki Lees, Patricia McMullan, Ellen Parry and Charles Noonan.

The 14 professionals elevated to senior associate are Dimi Talevski, Melissa Stephens, Nikita Moyle, Kirsten Van Der Wal, Allison Grimley, Ty Redmond, Bridie Murphy, Zoe Keane, Sarah Sorrell, Amy Williams, Rachel Davis, Penny Parker, Ric Traini and Georgina Overend.

And the newest associates at Maurice Blackburn are: Milly Cain, Bethany Moore, Christian Raso, Hayley Stokes, Laura Davies, Omar Sarac, Zoe Papageorgiou, Charleton O’Brien, Teagan Hickey, Jenna Cruikshank, Phillip White, Catherine Iliadis, Andrew Herzig, Rebecca Coulter, Mark Callender, Jermia Burton, Liam Kelly, Carla Cipressi, Emily Ormerod, Nina Smart, Amy Ryan, Jake Tyler, Jonathon Barlow, Jessica Brake, Rebecca Barrand and Katharine Wood.

The news follows recent BigLaw promotions and appointments, as reported by Lawyers Weekly: