Piper Alderman elevates 20 in midyear promotions round

20 June 2021 By Emma Ryan
Carlyna Chhen and Jonathan Dodd

National law firm Piper Alderman has confirmed 20 of its lawyers have been promoted to new roles, effective 1 July.

The firm’s midyear promotions round includes two new partners and three special counsel.

Taking to the partnership are Melbourne-based Carlyna Chhen and Adelaide-based Jonathan Dodd. The pair both work in Piper Aldermans real estate practice.

Ms Chhen joined Piper Alderman in June 2018 and since then has specialised in commercial property matters and agribusiness. As per a statement provided by the firm, she acts for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including investment funds managers, overseas investors, major corporations, private client groups, property developers, landlords and tenants.


Meanwhile, Mr Dodd kicked off his career with Piper Alderman in 2006. Throughout his career he has advised liquor and hospitality industry clients in business acquisitions and disposals, leasing, and liquor and gaming licensing matters. Further, Mr Dodd has leveraged his expertise in compliance and
works with substantial retailers on a range of contractual and property issues, Piper Alderman said.

“We are delighted to welcome Carlyna and Jonathan to the partnership, taking our national partner numbers to 85, said Piper Alderman managing partner Tony Britten-Jones.

Their promotions, along with our new special counsel, senior associates and associates, are testament to our firm’s mantra of ‘attract, train and retain’, creating an environment where individuals can flourish but are supported.”

Taking to the special counsel role from 1 July will be Eilish Gigney (intellectual property, Adelaide); Samantha Gou (real estate, Sydney); and Caterina Meduri (dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney).

Taking to senior associate roles will be Lauren Abbott (real estate, Brisbane); Bahar Agar (corporate, Sydney); Clea Cole (corporate, Melbourne); John Evans (employment relations, Melbourne); Stephen Kyrou (restructuring and insolvency, Melbourne); Jessica Minter (dispute resolution and litigation, Melbourne); and Hannah Veldre (dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney).

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Last but not least, taking to associate roles will be Danielle Defina (dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney); Amir Chowdhury (dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney); Andrew Cutler (corporate, Melbourne); Isabelle Gatley (dispute resolution and litigation, Adelaide); Ashleigh Russo (dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney); Emily Setter (employment relations, Sydney); Patrick Sexton (dispute resolution and litigation, Melbourne); and Jordana Yencken-
Nissenbaum (dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney).

“Over the last five years, we have achieved significant growth, from an even blend of organic growth, lateral hires and smaller merger and acquisition actions, Mr Britten-Jones said in congratulating those promoted.

We will continue to focus on moderate growth in 2021 and support all of our new partners successfully settling into the firm.”

Piper Alderman elevates 20 in midyear promotions round
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