Our People

Our lawyers are skilled, experienced and dedicated to using the law to do good. They understand the challenges of everyday people and are prepared to stand up against big business and big governments on your behalf. They listen, take the time to understand, provide excellent legal advice and deliver excellent outcomes.

Peter Gordon
Peter Gordon
Senior Partner Download profile
Peter Gordon
Senior Partner

Peter is one of Australia’s most prominent class action lawyers. He has an unrivalled record of fighting for justice for working people, and has conducted many history-making class action cases, as well as a large number of individual actions. He established Gordon Legal to provide an unprecedented legal service to those who need it most.
 
Peter is also the President of the Western Bulldogs, which reflects his commitment to the community, his love of football and his desire to champion the underdog.

James Higgins
James Higgins
Managing Partner
James Higgins
Managing Partner

James is a leading class action and asbestos lawyer with extensive management and leadership experience in the law and in government. He has worked on numerous group proceedings, including large scale commercial and shareholder actions. He has extensive experience on advising clients caught up in Commissions of Inquiry and high-profile investigations.

As Managing Partner of Gordon Legal, James brings his labour law values and determination to building and growing Gordon Legal, its lawyers and its staff for the benefit of our clients.

Janine Gregory
Janine Gregory
Head of Personal Injury Law
Janine Gregory
Head of Personal Injury Law

Janine is a leading plaintiff personal injury lawyer and an accredited specialist in personal injury law, with extensive experience acting for people injured in transport accidents.

She has been voted as a leading and recommended motor vehicle accident compensation Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide.

She is passionate about advocating for improvements to legal practice and process on behalf of injured people and has considerable experience in management and leadership of personal injury law across Australia.

Rachel Schutze
Rachel Schutze
Principal Lawyer
Rachel Schutze
Principal Lawyer

Rachel is one of Victoria’s leading plaintiff personal injury lawyers. She has achieved significant financial outcomes for plaintiffs in WorkCover actions, and is also experienced in acting for people with injuries that occur in public places or on private property, as well as general insurance claims.
 
Rachel holds a Masters of Law.  She has a personal and professional commitment to South West Victoria, has served on community Boards for more than a decade and understands the legal needs of injured people.

Paul Henderson
Paul Henderson
Partner
Paul Henderson
Partner

Paul is one of the most experienced and successful personal injury litigators in Australia, having obtained many millions of dollars in compensation for clients. Paul ran one of the largest medical negligence practices in Australia. He has been instrumental in building our firm and continues to mentor our lawyers and their cases to ensure our clients have the benefit of his decades of experience. 

Paul is also a Director for several companies, including the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.

Marcus Clayton
Marcus Clayton
Head of Industrial Law
Marcus Clayton
Head of Industrial Law

Marcus is one of Australia’s best-known union industrial lawyers. He has represented a wide range of unions, union officials and union members in industrial litigation, penalty proceedings, two anti-union Royal Commissions, general protections matters, rules disputes, administrative law challenges, coronial inquests, contempt of court cases and criminal prosecutions.

In his over 35 years as a lawyer, Marcus has won a well-deserved reputation for his strategic, practical and industrially and politically astute advice.

Philip Gardner
Philip Gardner
Special Counsel
Philip Gardner
Special Counsel

Philip has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of industrial and employment law. He has represented public and private sector unions in Federal and State industrial tribunals and courts, in many cases appearing himself as advocate. Philip has also advised industry superannuation funds.

Philip is renowned as a formidable strategist for his union clients.

Kirstie Grigor
Kirstie Grigor
Head of Criminal Law
Kirstie Grigor
Head of Criminal Law

Kirstie is highly experienced in all areas of criminal law. She has 17 years’ experience providing advice and representation to individuals charged with offences or being investigated in relation to a range of legal areas. She ensures the rights of her clients are protected, that they are well informed and expertly represented throughout the court process.

Kirstie is also a member of Amnesty International.

James Naughton
James Naughton
Principal Lawyer
James Naughton
Principal Lawyer

James is a highly regarded commercial lawyer. He has successfully brought claims against Australia’s largest banks, stockbrokers and financial institutions. He has also acted for unions subject to investigations by government agencies and has advised unions, industry superannuation fund directors and corporations on regulatory, governance and directorship issues.

James regularly presents on professional obligations and duties at industry conferences, and has provided his expert analysis in the media.

James also acts in estate dispute matters and testator’s family maintenance claims.

Brad Annson
Brad Annson
Principal Lawyer
Brad Annson
Principal Lawyer

Brad is a specialist in industrial and employment law. He helps unions in their struggle for a fairer society, and achieves successful outcomes for Victorian and national unions and their members. His areas of expertise include: Industrial law advice and litigation, Employment law advice and litigation, and Equal opportunity and Anti-discrimination advice and litigation.

Victoria Keays
Victoria Keays
Principal Lawyer
Victoria Keays
Principal Lawyer

Victoria is an accredited specialist in personal injury law with a particular interest in asbestos litigation. Victoria has over 10 years’ experience in representing those suffering from all forms of asbestos diseases; including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease. Victoria is also passionate about achieving compensation for those afflicted by other occupational diseases, such as silicosis and occupational lung cancer.

Victoria has represented clients in a number of jurisdictions around Australia and has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer in the area of Dust Diseases.

Denis O'Callaghan
Denis O'Callaghan
Principal Lawyer
Denis O'Callaghan
Principal Lawyer

Denis specialises in employment and industrial law. He also advises health practitioners under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. He is committed to providing the best representation for health professionals and healthcare workers when their livelihoods are under threat. 

A former nurse, Denis has experience in legal and healthcare settings in Melbourne and regional Victoria, including as an organiser and industrial officer with the Australian Nursing Federation.

Kelly Leydon
Kelly Leydon
Principal Lawyer
Kelly Leydon
Principal Lawyer

Kelly is an accredited specialist in family law. She has a broad range of experience helping clients, including LGBTI couples and families, in all facets of family law, including: parenting and property matters, child support, spousal maintenance, financial agreements and de facto relationship matters.
 
Kelly follows in the footsteps of her family members who work tirelessly within the trade union movement.

Aron Neilson
Aron Neilson
Principal Lawyer
Aron Neilson
Principal Lawyer

Aron is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in employment and industrial law and has advised senior executive and other employee clients working across the financial, property, manufacturing, health, IT, political and not-for-profit sectors. Aron has acted for some of Australia’s highest profile identities on sensitive employment law issues. In addition to his employee practice, Aron has been a trusted advisor to many trade unions often providing both strategic and practical legal advice.

Sheri Carolan
Sheri Carolan
Principal Lawyer
Sheri Carolan
Principal Lawyer

Sheri is an Accredited Specialist in personal injury law, with particular expertise in medical negligence, civil liability and workers compensation claims. She has experience acting in complex claims for seriously injured people across various areas of personal injury law. Sheri brings a strong understanding of regional NSW, hailing from Dubbo where she remains an active member of the community. She has won a number of professional awards, including the NSW Young Business Executive of the Year in 2017.

Anastasia Eleftheriou
Anastasia Eleftheriou
Principal Lawyer
Anastasia Eleftheriou
Principal Lawyer

Anastasia is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She has 10 years’ experience in Workers’ Compensation fighting for the rights of injured workers against large companies and insurers. She has also acted for people injured in motor vehicle accidents as well as in public and private premises.
 
Anastasia has served as a committee member of the Victorian Branch for the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Jenny Forti
Jenny Forti
Principal Lawyer
Jenny Forti
Principal Lawyer

Jenny is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She is dedicated to representing injured people in their fight to access compensation.

Jenny is committed to upholding the values of the union movement and applies her legal skills to the wider community through her role as a volunteer lawyer at the Western Community Legal Centre, West Justice.

Nick White
Nick White
Senior Associate
Nick White
Senior Associate

Nick is an experienced employment and industrial lawyer. He has broad experience in workplace relations, and has represented clients in most of the State and Commonwealth courts, including the appellate jurisdictions. He regularly represents unions and employees in the Federal Court of Australia and the Fair Work Commission.

Josh Liley
Josh Liley
Lawyer
Josh Liley
Lawyer

Josh has a broad practice across all areas of industrial law, including enterprise agreement bargaining and termination, protected industrial action, right of entry, rules interpretation and advice, penalty proceedings under the Fair Work Act, and matters involving regulators.

Additionally, Josh has extensive employment law experience, including advice on employment contracts, unfair dismissals, general protections and workplace discrimination claims. He is a member of the Committee of Management of the Young Workers Centre, a community legal service that provides employment law assistance to young and vulnerable workers.

Marina Leikina
Marina Leikina
Associate
Marina Leikina
Associate

Marina is an experienced lawyer who works in employment and industrial law, as well as institutional abuse cases. Before joining Gordon Legal, Marina worked as a lawyer in regional Victoria, acting for workers and employees in personal injury and employment law matters.

Marina volunteers at West Justice in the employment law project that provides assistance to migrants and refugees.

Seb O'Meara
Seb O'Meara
Lawyer
Seb O'Meara
Lawyer

Seb is an experienced member of our legal team. He practises in Employment and Industrial Law. He has represented a number of unions and their members, as well as non-union individuals, in a broad range of legal matters. He aims to deliver practical and pragmatic legal advice tailored to the needs of his clients.

Seb also acts in estate dispute matters and testator’s family maintenance claims.

Lou Clayton
Lou Clayton
Principal Lawyer
Lou Clayton
Principal Lawyer

Lou is an experienced lawyer who has practised throughout her career in many different areas of law including government law, property law and workers compensation.

Her area of greatest passion and expertise is in drafting Wills. Lou recognises everyone’s needs are different when drafting a Will and how important it is to ensure your Will reflects your intentions.

Carol Andrades
Carol Andrades
Consultant
Carol Andrades
Consultant

Carol is widely acknowledged for her expertise in anti-discrimination law and also practises in industrial and employment law. She is an honorary Senior Fellow with the University of Melbourne’s Law School, where she lectures at post-graduate level in anti-discrimination law, and is on the Editorial Board of the Employment Law Bulletin.

Carol wrote the chapter on Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment in the Australian Charter of Employment Rights. She received the President’s award from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations for her advocacy in the Special Family Leave Test Case.

Philip Johnston
Philip Johnston
Lawyer
Philip Johnston
Lawyer

Phil is a litigation lawyer who applies his diverse skills working on a variety of matters including media law, sports law and commercial disputes. Phil also specializes in defamation matters. He works in Gordon Legal’s Commercial Law practice and has a history of working on complex, large-scale class actions as well smaller, bespoke litigation.

Fiona Rothville
Fiona Rothville
Associate
Fiona Rothville
Associate

Fiona is an experienced litigator who practises across the Industrial Law and Commercial Law teams. Fiona represents unions and employees in a range of employment and industrial matters, including in proceedings brought by industrial regulators. Fiona acts in various commercial and consumer disputes and provides representation in Coronial Inquests in respect of professional conduct.

Fiona has previously worked at the Fair Work Commission as a Conciliator and an Associate to a Deputy President and has a background in the union movement. Fiona is a volunteer and former board member of the Fitzroy Legal Service.

Amy Murray
Amy Murray
Lawyer
Amy Murray
Lawyer

Amy has experience in various areas of employment and industrial law including unfair dismissals, civil penalty proceedings under the Fair Work Act, enterprise agreement bargaining and proceedings involving industry regulators. She is passionate about advancing and enforcing workers’ rights. Amy graduated with a masters of law in the UK, focusing on employment law, before studying and gaining admission to practise in Australia.

Carol Saunders
Carol Saunders
Union Relationship Manager
Carol Saunders
Union Relationship Manager

Carol is a highly experienced relationship manager. She has extensive experience in assisting members with a broad range of legal matters, including workers’ compensation, employment law, motor vehicle accidents, criminal and family law. She is the first port of call for members and is highly experienced in managing key relationships in the labour movement.

Carol has been working closely with unions and their members for over a decade, and takes great pride in the collaborative relationships she creates with them.

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