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NDA Law promotes 2

Boutique law firm NDA Law has made two new appointments to bolster the South Australian practice, one associate director and one senior associate.

user iconLauren Croft 05 June 2023 SME Law
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Having been with the firm since its inception in 2015, senior associate Lisa Christo has been promoted to the new position of associate director.

Ms Christo was a founding member of the NDA Law legal team when Andrea Michaels established the firm in Adelaide eight years ago.

With a background in tax and commercial law, Ms Christo has managed the advisory practice, including the family business and estate planning practice, for the past two years.

 
 

Managing director Joshua Michaels said Ms Christo’s recent promotion reflects the mark she has made on the business.

“Lisa is an award-winning lawyer who has helped us rise to be one of the most recognised boutique law firms in South Australia. She’s also a leading member of the community with her tireless pro bono board work for a range of not-for-profit organisations,” he said.

“Lisa’s deep expertise and strategic outlook has helped grow our practice. She was instrumental in the establishment of a new agribusiness offering, and she has further strengthened our corporate governance and indigenous business practice. Taking the next step to management is so well deserved.”

In addition to this senior leadership promotion, NDA Law has also welcomed another experienced lawyer to the team this month with the appointment of Julie Edwards as a senior associate.

Ms Edwards has a government background with strong litigation experience, including preparing matters for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She has also recently worked with Brain Injury SA as an NDIS appeals officer.

Mr Michaels said boutique law firms had an advantage in being able to retain promising young lawyers because they could fast-track them earlier to key leadership positions, using Ms Christo as an example.

“As a boutique law firm, we are proud that we can reward outstanding talent like Lisa with the chance to rise to the highest levels of management much sooner,” he said.

“Fast-tracking mid-career lawyers is usually much harder to do in many BigLaw practices who tend to work within a pyramid structure and offer less flexibility. Boutique firms like ours can offer a lot of advantages to young lawyers looking for a career pathway because we provide a greater breadth of experience earlier.”