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.

Jenny Forti
Partner

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 West Justice.


In December 2018, Jenny was appointed to the Western Health Foundation Board. She is a passionate supporter of the mighty Western Bulldogs.

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.

Anastasia Eleftheriou
Partner

Anastasia is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She has had over 15 years’ experience in Workers’ Compensation fighting for the rights of injured workers against large companies and insurance agents. She also acts on behalf for many seriously injured people involved in motor vehicle accidents in Victoria. One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is acting for people who need help during one of the most difficult periods in her life. She is committed to fighting for people’s rights whether it’s for a lump sum compensation or fighting for the right of their medical expenses to be paid for.

Anastasia currently sits on the Law Institute of Victoria, Transport Accident Committee and Workers Compensation Committee.

Andrew Grech
Partner

Andrew is a respected senior lawyer with over 30 years of experience in law and law firm leadership and management.

His work in complex litigation spans commercial, environmental, personal injury and financial loss group and class action cases.

A litigation lawyer since 1989, and later an accredited specialist, it was Andrew’s formative work as a young partner in the 1990s that saw him work on some of the most important class and group action settlements in Australian history.

Becoming CEO and managing director of Slater & Gordon in 2001, he continued his role as a litigation lawyer for some years. He left the firm in 2017 after its decades-long growth and change under his leadership.

He joined Gordon Legal as partner in September 2019, where he continues to work on complex class and group litigation such as the Robodebt class action.

Andrew also provides business consulting and advisory services to small to medium size professional service firms on strategic development, organisational change, leadership development and innovation.

Victoria Keays
Partner

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.

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.

Marcus Clayton
Partner

Marcus is our Head of Industrial Law. He 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 38 years as a lawyer, Marcus has won a well-deserved reputation for his strategic, practical and industrially and politically astute advice.

James Naughton
Partner

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

James provides advice on contractual matters, corporate disputes, professional negligence and defamation claims. He also acts in complex matters – such as class actions and group litigation, including the Robodebt class action.

Brad Annson
Partner

Brad is an experienced and highly regarded industrial and employment lawyer.

Brad has acted for a broad range of unions, union officials and union members in Federal and State courts and industrial tribunals. He has significant experience in complex and high profile cases.

Brad is passionate about advancing the interests of unions and union members. He prides himself on his strategic and practical advice to his clients.

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, regulatory investigations and intervention orders. She has 21 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, properly supported and expertly represented throughout the court process. Kirstie is also a member of the Criminal Law section of the Law Institute of Victoria and Amnesty International.

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 in all facets of family law, including: divorce, parenting matters, including relocation cases, child support, property settlements, financial agreements and LGBTIQA family law matters. Kelly’s focus is on providing sensible and clear advice to help clients reach negotiated settlements as cost effectively and quickly as possible. If court proceedings become necessary, Kelly has many years of experience to provide expert representation and guide clients through the court process.

Tess Dickie
Tess Dickie
Principal Lawyer
Tess Dickie
Principal Lawyer

Tess Dickie is an experienced personal injury lawyer with a background in Asbestos and Dust Diseases and WorkCover litigation. She is passionate about fighting for the right compensation for sufferers of asbestos and dust diseases including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, asbestos related pleural disease and silicosis. Tess also has a particular interest in the emerging area of WorkCover compensation claims for sufferers of non-asbestos occupational diseases and cancers, having secured compensation for workers with silicosis, lung cancer, asthma, byssinosis and leukaemia. Tess’s combined experience in WorkCover and lung disease compensation makes her the optimal choice of lawyer for silicosis claims under the Victorian WorkCover scheme. Tess joined Gordon Legal in 2019, having worked in plaintiff personal injury law for almost 10 years. Tess has been recognised in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as a “Leading Lawyer – Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) Victoria 2021”. Tess is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Australian Lawyers Association, the Mornington Peninsula Lawyers Association and Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS.

Nick White
Nick White
Senior Associate
Nick White
Senior Associate

Nick is an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations. He has broad experience in industrial and employment law, 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.

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.

Marina Leikina
Marina Leikina
Senior Associate
Marina Leikina
Senior 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
Senior Associate
Seb O'Meara
Senior Associate

Seb is an experienced lawyer who practises in class actions and other complex matters. He has worked on behalf of a superannuation fund in the Banking Royal Commission, and in a number of class actions, including the Robodebt class action. He also has broad experience in industrial and employment matters. He has acted for a number of unions and employees in various disputes in most of the State and Commonwealth courts and tribunals, including in urgent industrial disputes, breaches of the general protection provisions, discrimination claims, breaches of contract, underpayments, regulatory matters, and unfair dismissals.

Valerie Bradley
Associate

Valerie is an experienced member of our team who practices principally in estate litigation, estate administration, and estate planning. She acts for plaintiffs and defendants in part IV testator family maintenance claims in the County Court and Supreme Court. Assisting clients with their Wills and estate planning means she also provides solid advice on what situations may give rise to challenge a Will. Valerie provides legal advice in relation to will disputes, probate applications, letters of administration and estate administration. Valerie has also practiced in the Australian Capital Territory, where
she worked exclusively in Wills and Estates in the ACT and New South Wales.

Hamish Williamson
Associate

Hamish has experience in a wide variety of commercial law matters, including contract, professional negligence, consumer law, corporations and defamation claims. He also acts in large-scale class action litigation. Before joining Gordon Legal, he worked at the Supreme Court of Victoria as an associate for Justices Elliott, Vickery and Cameron, and aide to former Chief Justice Warren. After the Court, he worked in a commercial firm specialising in disputes relating to major infrastructure projects such as airports, highways and hospitals. He completed a Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.

Amy Murray
Amy Murray
Associate
Amy Murray
Associate

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.

Gabrielle Verhagen
Lawyer

Gabrielle is a Personal Injury Lawyer who specialises in Workers’ Compensation claims. Gabrielle has over four years’ experience in Personal Injury Law. She has represented people injured at work and in public spaces against employers, insurers and other parties. Gabrielle’s passion for Personal Injury Law began when her mother was injured while working as a nurse and found herself having to navigate the Workers’ Compensation scheme. In representing her clients Gabrielle is passionate about clear communication and compassionately supporting her clients during their claim so they can focus on their health and rehabilitation.

Kara Young
Lawyer

Kara is our newest member of the Gordon Legal team. She has been working in the personal injury area for over 2 years, assisting clients from their first point of contact. Her empathetic nature combined with her interest in people and her legal background makes her the perfect person to assist and understand our clients’ needs. Kara has a strong commitment to her community and has volunteered in a legal capacity with a number of organisations over the last 5 years.

Guy Tiffany
Lawyer

Guy joined Gordon Legal as a paralegal whilst he was completing his studies, and following a year as a Graduate while undertaking Practical Legal training, he is now a lawyer in Gordon Legal’s class actions team. Guy has been involved in several class actions conducted by Gordon Legal across diverse subject matter, including the ‘Robodebt Class Action’, underpayment claims on behalf of junior doctors, and proceedings against insurers in relation to non-payment of business interruption insurance. Guy is passionate about pursuing complex and large-scale claims through the vehicle of class action litigation. In addition to his law firm experience, Guy has worked in the public sector and in human rights, including at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Department of Education. Prior to completing a Juris Doctor at Monash University, Guy undertook a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT University.

Ana Hughes
Lawyer

Ana joined Gordon Legal as a paralegal after completing her studies and now works as a Lawyer in the Commercial Law team. Whilst working as a paralegal with the firm, Ana gained experience in class action litigation and commercial law matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ana volunteered at several community organisations including Darebin Community Legal Centre and worked as a paralegal at a preeminent migration law firm. Ana is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for all of her client’s cases- large or small. Prior to completing a Juris Doctor at Monash University, Ana completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) at the University of Melbourne

Madison Wall
Madison Wall
Law Graduate
Madison Wall
Law Graduate

Madison joined Gordon Legal as a paralegal whilst completing her law degree. Throughout her time as a paralegal, Madison gained experience in Commercial Law, Litigation and Class Actions. Madison has now taken on a role as a Law Graduate while she completes her Practical Legal Training to become a Lawyer. Prior to completing her law degree, Madison attained a Bachelor of Science (with majors in Microbiology and Immunology) through the University of Melbourne. Madison hopes to be able to combine her passion for medical sciences with her future legal work.

Isabelle Harding
Isabelle Harding
Law Graduate
Isabelle Harding
Law Graduate

Isabelle recently completed her Bachelor of Law and Arts degrees at Monash University. She majored in Anthropology, speaking to her passion for social justice. During her studies, she gained community legal experience volunteering at Springvale Monash Legal Service. Her work in the Sexual Assault Clinic, assisting with VOCAT Applications, has given her valuable experience dealing with sensitive material. Upon completion of her Practical Legal Training, Isabelle looks forward to commencing her legal practice in Personal Injury.

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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