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Congratulations to our shortlisted 30 under 30 alumni

DLS alumni are well represented in the 2023 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 shortlist.

Fourteen alumni have been shortlisted for the 2023 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards across a variety of practice areas.

Congratulating the shortlisted alumni, Professor Jenni Lightowlers, Deakin Law School Dean, said, “We are very proud to see such a wide range of Deakin Law School alumni recognised as finalists in this year’s 30 under 30 Awards, affirming the high calibre of our graduates.

“Deakin Law School graduates are in demand across a wide range of practice areas. We are renowned for our teaching quality, focussed on the knowledge and skills that are in demand across the legal profession.

“Our undergraduate and postgraduate programs use strong work-integrated learning principles to produce well-rounded, quality legal professionals who help progress our school’s strategic mission to be a catalyst for positive change.

“We are fortunate to benefit from the generous support of our alumni community who are committed to contributing toward the development of the next generation of lawyers.”

The awards will be announced at a black tie event on 2 June.  

Shortlisted DLS alumni

Banking & Finance

Christian Smolders


Luke McPhie

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Joseph Braverman
Josh Burland

Employment and Workplace Relations

Peter Watkins

Family Law

Amy Stagg, Coulter Legal

Health, Medical and Personal Injury

Michaela Kennedy, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers


Raymond Pantalleresco, Cornwall

Pro Bono Lawyer

Mannie Kaur Verma, Regal Lawyers

Real Estate

Chelsea Landgren
Matt Minas


Marina Antonellis


Alexander Gulli

Wills and Estates

Lauren Solomonson


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