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2022 Winners and Finalists

Academic/Researcher of the Year

Thalia Anthony, UTS Faculty of Law
Louise Boon-Kuo, University of Sydney Law School
Kerstin Braun, University of Southern Queensland
Azadeh Dastyari, Western Sydney University
Amanda-Jane (AJ) George, Central Queensland University
Emma Golledge, UNSW Kingsford Legal Centre
Mary Anne Kenny, Murdoch University

Shiri Krebs, Deakin University

Jacqueline Peel, Melbourne Climate Futures, Melbourne Law School
Catherine Renshaw, Western Sydney University

Barrister of the Year

Amanda Carruthers, Victorian Bar
Laina Chan, 2 Selborne Chambers
Chauntelle Ingenito, Chalfont Chambers
Sharon Kermath, Svenson Barristers

Carmel Lee, Greenway Chambers

Amanda Storey, Victorian Bar
Beth Warnock, Victorian Bar
Angelika Yianoulatos, Victorian Bar
Michelle Zammit, Victorian Bar

Company Secretary of the Year

Samantha Einhart, EQT Holdings Limited

Annette O’Hara, Shine Justice

Dealmaker of the Year

Rachael Bassil, Gilbert + Tobin
Trish Chapman, Wright Legal
Anita Choi, Ashurst
Karen Evans-Cullen, Gilbert + Tobin
Kate Jefferson, Baker McKenzie
Kate Koidl, MinterEllison

Sandy Mak, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Catherine Merity, Maddocks
Paula Robinson, Ailier
Dora Stilianos, Baker McKenzie

Executive of the Year

Meryem Apak, Melbourne Lawyers & Mediators

Adriana Care, Coutts Lawyers and Conveyancers

Genevieve Collins, Lander & Rogers
Justine Dittel, Conditsis Lawyers
Jacqui Eager, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
Bree Knoester, Brave Legal
Marianne Marchesi, Legalite
Sandra Soden, Soden Legal
Riana Steyn, Bartier Perry
Simone Townsend, Kenny Spring Solicitors

General Counsel of the Year

Heela Arsala, Buchan Group
Carolyn Baker, ConnectEast
Clare Baxter, Intellihub
Penelope Carter, Bristol Myers Squibb
Emma Drummond, Animal Logic
Nicole Graham, NSW Land Registry Services
Annette O’Hara, Shine Justice

Lauren Rose, Secure Electronic Registries Victoria

Katherine Stapels, DroneShield
Carly Whelan, Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce Secretariat

HR Professional of the Year

Linda Braunstein, Maddocks
Rachael Britton, McCabes Lawyers
Jan Christie, Gilbert + Tobin
Elena Christis, Chamberlains Law Firm

Nadine Cooper, Bartier Perry

Shevonne Joyce, Legalite
Sofia Khan, LOD
Belinda Perisic, Coulter Legal

In-House Lawyer of the Year

Alexandra Burke, QIC

Lucy Dillon, EssilorLuxottica

Jorgie Gorman, Knight Frank Australia
Karen Hsu, Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Asia Pacific)
Katrina Leach, Services Australia
Nikki McDonald, Medibank
Charlotte Olsen, National Rugby League
Anna Staver, REMONDIS Australia
Nektaria Vasilopoulos, Engage Legal
Jenny Wong, Transport Accident Commission

Indigenous Lawyer of the Year

Sionea Breust, SCB Legal
Karina Hawtrey, National Justice Project

Mary Corina Martin, Aboriginal Family Legal Service WA

Kathleen Wincen, Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Queensland

Innovator of the Year (Individual)

Elizabeth (Liz) Chase, Leo Cussen
Karen Finch, Legally Yours

Simone Herbert-Lowe, Law & Cyber

Perpetua Kish, Balance Family Law
Marial Lewis, Crossover Law Group
Shaya Lewis-Dermody, The Family Law Project
Melissa Lyon, Hive Legal
Sapphire Parsons, Macpherson Kelley (formerly KHQ Lawyers)
Caryn Sandler, Gilbert + Tobin
Justine Zhou, Quantum Law Group

Law Student of the Year

Emina Besirevic, Clayton Utz

Alana Bonenfant, Bond University

Michelle Kallmyr, Ethos Migration Lawyers
Alexandra Lovell, Cornwalls
Yasmin Milligan, King & Wood Mallesons
Naomi Mole, MBA Lawyers
Darcy Pearsall, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers
Marie Russo, Access Law Group
Ingrid Tam, La Trobe Law Students’ Association
Amy Tesoriero, Herbert Smith Freehills

Legal Operations Professional of the Year

Alison Astey, Keypoint Law

Tracey Bartlett, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Sehran Boon, PCL Lawyers
Eryn Bowles, Lawcadia
Rachael Britton, McCabes Lawyers
Fabi Fugazza, Equity Generation Lawyers
Nicole Green, Thynne + Macartney
Kate Richardson, Youth Law Australia
Katelyn Tobin, Legalite
Kerryn Underwood, King & Wood Mallesons

Legal Support Professional of the Year

Christy Capili, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
Catherine Crosato, PCL Lawyers
Victoria Hastings, Secure Electronic Registries Victoria
Emily Kalatzis, Justitia Lawyers and Consultants
Alison Oliveira, Gilbert + Tobin
Samantha Otto, Panetta McGrath Lawyers
Keryn Patman, Lander & Rogers
Sherrie Smith, MBA Lawyers

Nicole Sweetman, Shine Lawyers

Elle Wong, EY

Marketing Communications Professional of the Year

Laini Bennett, LegalVision
Jessamy Field, Allen & Overy
Briele Heath, Hall & Wilcox
Sally King, Coleman Greig Lawyers
Sacha Kirk, Lawcadia
Stina Larsson, Chamberlains Law Firm
Kristina Main, Gilbert + Tobin
Eloise McLean, Shine Lawyers

Pamela Orola, Gadens

Tracey Whyte, Piper Alderman

Mentor of the Year

Amanda Comelli, Brown Wright Stein Lawyers
Genevieve Dee, Lander & Rogers
Amanda Edwards, Smith’s Lawyers
Karen Evans-Cullen, Gilbert + Tobin
Luisa Gaetani, Coutts Lawyers and Conveyancers
Melissa Gladstone-Joyce, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sarah-Jane MacDonald, MacDonald Law

Sarah Rey, Justitia Lawyers & Consultants

Andelka (Ange) Susa, CDI Lawyers
Lisa To, Bartier Perry

Not-for-Profit Lawyer of the Year

Kate Adnams, LawRight

Isabella Copetti, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
Emma Hearne, National Justice Project
Stephanie Lee, I relate. Collaborative Family Law
Kiri-Ana Libbesson, Settlement Services International Limited
Leah Robertson, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
Kathleen Wincen, Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Queensland

Partner of the Year - BigLaw

Casey Bray, Hicksons Lawyers
Genevieve Dee, Lander & Rogers
Penelope Ford, Hall & Wilcox
Amanda Ludlow, Ashurst
Clare Miller, Gadens
Samantha Pillay, Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers
Michelle Segaert, EY

Sonia Sharma, Maddocks

Ilona Strong, Hall & Wilcox
Sarah Turner, Gilbert + Tobin

Partner of the Year - SME Law

Lisa Fowler, Kalus Kenny Intelex
Luisa Gaetani, Coutts Lawyers
Sophie Manera, Tang Law
Sally Nicholes, Nicholes Family Lawyers
Ashleigh Poole, Thynne + Macartney
Bianca Quan, Cornwalls
Heather Richardson, Kalus Kenny Intelex

Paula Robinson, Ailier

Pamela Wood, Willis & Bowring
Justine Zhou, Quantum Law Group

Pro Bono/Community Legal Centre Lawyer of the Year

Austyn Campbell, DLA Piper
Shabnum Cassim, Gadens
Arti Chetty, Russell Kennedy
Isabella Copetti, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
Alana Kushnir, Guest Work Agency
Sayward McKeown, Chamberlains Law Firm
Anne Frances O’Donoghue, Immigration Solutions Lawyers
Leah Perkins, Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers

Leah Robertson, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service

Tamsin Webster, Maddocks

Rising Star of the Year - BigLaw

Tamara Charlwood, Hall & Wilcox
Jennifer Chen, Ashurst
Catherine Dent, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office
Tara Dhanushkoti, Maddocks
Kristina Hewetson, Baker McKenzie
Emily Kheir, Hicksons Lawyers
Tina Lau, EY
Tayah Stevenson, Hicksons Lawyers

Sarah Webster, Herbert Smith Freehills

Emily Wood, Clyde & Co

Rising Star of the Year - In-house

Amber Corbin, Hastings Deering
Emma Dobson, Zip Co
Passant Elashram, Retail Zoo
Christabelle Guvlekjian, Lakeba Group
Nikki McDonald, Medibank Private

Keya McGeown, SBS

Charlotte Olsen, National Rugby League
Calli Tsipidis, Foxtel Group

Rising Star of the Year - SME Law

Jemma Barnard, Travis Schultz & Partners
Laura Curtis, Terri Janke and Company
Rachel Last, Travis Schultz and Partners
Amanda McDermott, SLF Lawyers

Sapphire Parsons, Macpherson Kelley (formerly KHQ Lawyers)

Clarissa Sempel, Access Law Group
Bronte Strong, De Marco Lawyers
Andelka (Ange) Susa, CDI Lawyers
Roxanne Taylor, Stuart Family Lawyers
Brighid Virtue, Kalus Kenny Intelex

Senior Associate of the Year - BigLaw

Kate Alroe, Lander & Rogers

Georgia Appleby, Maddocks

Mariam Azzo, Clayton Utz
Melissa Gladstone-Joyce, Herbert Smith Freehills
Louise Hang, Baker McKenzie
Kaye Lai, Gilchrist Connell
Phoebe Martin, Gilchrist Connell
Paula Nassif, King & Wood Mallesons
Rebecca Radbone, Hicksons Lawyers
Jade Tyrrell, Johnson Winter & Slattery

Senior Associate of the Year - SME Law

Lisa Barca, Coleman Greig Lawyers

Karla Brown, Kalus Kenny Intelex
Stephanie Carter, Holman Webb Lawyers
Lisa Christo, NDA Law
Hayley Condon, Attwood Marshall Lawyers
Erin Freebairn, Commercial and Legal
Danielle Galvin, Your Online Legal Group
Deborah Kliger, Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams
Vicky Martin, Thynne + Macartney
Emma Sutton, Conditsis Lawyers

Sole Practitioner of the Year

Adele Anthony, Your Legacy Lawyer
Alison Cusack, Cusack and Co
Katrina Favre, KF Lawyers Australia
Kelly Gatehouse, Nurture Law

Alana Kushnir, Guest Work Agency

Marial Lewis, Crossover Law Group
Sarah Stoddart, Vitality Law Australia
Hayley Tarr, Tarr Law
Julann Tiernan, Tiernan Family Law
Erika Williams, Williams Arbitration

Special Counsel of the Year

Kate Allison, Clayton Utz
Sally Baker, Mills Oakley

Eliza Blandford, Ashurst

Barbara Casado, Hall & Wilcox
Marissa Coward, DWF
Candice Ingleton, Colin Biggers & Paisley
Erin Kidd, Squire Patton Boggs
Rebecca Lindhout, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Rebekah Lovely, Revolution Law
Kathy Neilson, EY

Thought Leader of the Year

Tegan Boorman, Social Law Co
Penelope Crossley, Sydney Law School
Marija Dukadinovska, Legalite (formerly KOOKAI)
Karen Finch, Legally Yours
Simone Herbert-Lowe, Law & Cyber
Terri Janke, Terri Janke and Company
Sarah Jefford, Surrogacy & Donor Conception Legal Services

Shaya Lewis-Dermody, The Family Law Project

Emily Purvis, PURE Equine Law
Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Wellness Advocate of the Year

Carlie Andrews, Hive Legal
Adele Anthony, Your Legacy Lawyer
Sarina Eggers-Stable, Legal Kitz and Business Kitz
Bree Knoester, Brave Legal
Zagi Kozarov, Kozarov Lawyers
Alison McNamara, Chamberlains Law Firm
Emma Restall, PCL Lawyers
Emma Turnbull, Emma Turnbull Lawyers

Desi Vlahos, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Belinda Winter, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year

Burns IP Law

Danny King Legal

Harmers Workplace Lawyers
HR Legal
Justitia Lawyers & Consultants
Maison Chen Law Group
Parker Coles Curtis
Pearce IP
Southern Waters Legal

Diversity Law Firm of the Year

Cooper Grace Ward
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Coutts Lawyers and Conveyancers
Griffin Legal
Hall & Wilcox
Hive Legal

Lander & Rogers

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Innovator of the Year (Firm)

Bradley & Bray
Coutts Lawyers and Conveyancers
Crossover Law Group
Gilbert + Tobin
Hall & Wilcox
K&L Gates
Keypoint Law
Safewill Legal

Shakti Legal Solutions

The Family Law Project