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IP and defamation partner joins Gadens

Independent law firm Gadens has welcomed a partner specialising in intellectual property and defamation.

user iconNaomi Neilson 14 March 2024 Big Law
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The firm’s media practice has been bolstered with the appointment of Marina Olsen, whose extensive experience includes defending Fairfax Media from a defamation case brought by Craig McLachlan.

Olsen also acted for The Australian Financial Review, which has since been bought by Nine, in its defence against both venture capitalist Elaine Stead and entrepreneur Jemma Green.

Her expertise also includes pre-publication advice and intellectual property (IP) commercialisation and privacy legal issues.


“I am thrilled to join Gadens, a firm that is renowned for its quality, innovation and client-focused approach,” Olsen said.

“I look forward to working with the talented IP and technology team and contributing to the growth and development of the media law practice.

“It’s an exciting time to join, and I particularly look forward to making the most of the opportunity to leverage Gadens’ national network and offer my clients access to a full-service legal offering.”

Chief executive officer Mark Pistilli said Olsen was a “fantastic addition” to the firm.

“She has an impressive track record of advising and representing prominent media and personalities in Australia on complex and high-stakes matters,” Pistilli commented.

“She also has a deep understanding of the evolving media landscape and the legal challenges and opportunities it presents.”

Associate Jeren Gul followed Olsen from their former boutique firm, Banki Haddock Fiora.

“We are thrilled to welcome Marina to our partnership, and Jeren to the team, strengthening our capabilities in this important and dynamic area of law,” Pistilli said.

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