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Angela Sdrinis

Angela Sdrinis

Angela graduated with an Arts/Law degree in 1982 and commenced practice handling workers compensation claims for injured workers. Between 1985 and 1986, Angela worked as an Industrial and Legal Officer for the Federated Fire Fighter’s Union. In 1986, Angela returned to personal injuries and has been a personal injuries Law Institute Accredited specialist since 1993. Angela is supported by a team of experienced solicitors and paralegals dedicated to the provision of expert, trauma informed legal advice. Angela is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

 

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David Longano

David Longano

 

David is a solicitor with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Monash University majoring in Criminology and the focus of his thesis was Sexual Assault. He completed his Bachelor of Laws in 2017 and has been with the firm since February of 2018 where he is working in the area of Institutional Historical Abuse. David is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

 

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Gino De Biase

Gino De Biase

Gino is a senior consultant at Angela Sdrinis Legal and has been a LIV Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law since 1993. He has over 35 years extensive experience, across all aspects of defendant and plaintiff personal injury matters, having worked with leading, mid-tier national law firms and also at the TAC.
His areas of expertise include: Common Law Serious Injury Applications, Complex Statutory Compensation, Transport Accidents, WorkCover, ComCare, Medical Negligence, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Crimes Compensation, Industrial Accidents and Insurance Litigation. Gino is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

 

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Jonathan De Biase

Jonathan De Biase

Jonathan has completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting. Jonathan is undertaking his Practical Legal Training with the firm and will be admitted to legal practice in 2019. He is passionate about his work in institutional abuse and strives for positive resolutions for clients.

 

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Kim Sweeney

Kim Sweeney

Kim is a Senior Law Clerk with 18 years’ experience. Her areas of interest include Crimes Compensation, Comcare, workers’ compensation and institutional abuse. She currently works in the VOCAT practice assisting Victims of Crime with their claims. Kim has studied Personal Training and enjoys playing tennis, paddle boarding and snow skiing.

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Nina Vallins

Nina Vallins

 

Nina Vallins started working with Angela Sdrinis Legal in August 2016, having previously worked as a Judge’s Associate in the County Court and with another personal injury law firm. She was admitted as a lawyer in February 2018. She represents survivors of institutional abuse, particularly former wards of the State, and residents of the Ballarat Children’s Home and St Luke’s Home. Nina also represents clients in Sentencing Act Applications for compensation. Nina also has a particular interest in police liability in negligence for failing to protect victims of family violence and has published on this topic.

Prior to studying law, Nina worked in community and international development, particularly with women in the sex industry and in the promotion of women’s rights. Nina was the Executive Director of Project Respect from 2007 - 2010, where she led successful advocacy campaigns, including reforms in immigration law to better protect victims of people trafficking.

Nina has completed an Arts (Honours) degree in anthropology and French; a Masters of Social Science and Planning; and a Juris Doctor Degree. Whilst a law student, Nina was shortlisted for Law Student of the Year in the 2017 Victorian Legal Awards; and won the Michael Taussig QC Family Law Essay Award (2016), a Monash Law Achievement Award (2016) and the Blackwood Family Lawyers Prize for Principles of Family Law (2015). Nina was awarded an internship with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in 2015.

Nina is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Australian Lawyers Alliance and Liberty Victoria.

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Anthie Stephanou

Anthie Stephanou

Anthie completed her Bachelor of Law and Arts at Swinburne University of Technology and her practical legal training at the College of Law. Anthie was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2020. Anthie is working with Angela Sdrinis in the area of Institutional Abuse and also working with Gino De Biase in the areas of TAC, Worker’s Compensation and Personal Liability.  She appreciates pursuing justice and providing clients a platform to tell their story. Anthie is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

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Rowena Macdonald

Rowena Macdonald

Rowena graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2014 and was admitted to practice in 2015.  Before commencing with Angela Sdrinis Legal she worked as a solicitor in civil litigation and dispute resolution with a particular focus on workers compensation, employment and anti-discrimination law, and as an industrial officer with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.

Rowena has a strong industrial relations background having worked as a union official with various trade unions prior to embarking on her legal career.  She has extensive experience advocating on behalf of hundreds of workers in both the public and private sectors and is a skilled negotiator.

As a law student Rowena undertook an internship with the Ombudsman Tasmania.  She also worked as a researcher on a consultancy between the University of Tasmania, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Commonwealth Secretariat, contributing to the development of a Freedom of Information policy for the Kingdom of Tonga. Following the launch of the policy in 2012, Rowena co-authored an article on Freedom of Information Law Reform in South Pacific Micro-States published in the Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

Rowena is passionate about social justice and animal welfare and volunteers as a member of the board of animal rescue organisation Just Cats Tasmania.

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Kiara Rand

Kiara Rand

Kiara graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2020. She is currently undertaking her Practical Legal Training while working with the firm. Kiara is working with Angela Sdrinis in the area of Institutional Abuse and is passionate about her work in  pursuing justice for survivors.

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Sophia Blackhirst

Sophia Blackhirst

Sophia joined Angela Sdrinis Legal in 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Politics and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. Sophia’s thesis focussed on the impact of then proposed changes to mandatory reporting laws relating to child abuse in Victoria.   

 

Sophia has extensive experience assisting survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, both in private practice and the community legal sector. Sophia previously worked as Managing Lawyer of Knowmore Legal Services’ Melbourne-based team and as a Practice Manager at a personal injury firm assisting survivors. She has also worked as a Judge’s Associate in the Victorian Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.    

 

Sophia is committed to providing access to justice and healing for people affected by childhood abuse.   

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Annabelle Ward

Annabelle Ward

Annabelle graduated from a Bachelor of Arts/Law in 2014 at the University of Tasmania in 2014, majoring in psychology and political science. She is currently undertaking her practical legal training at the College of Law. Annabelle is passionate about social justice and is currently based in the Hobart office working within the area of historical Institutional Abuse.

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Allanna Lovell

Allanna Lovell

Allanna has worked predominantly in all areas of personal injury compensation and damages claims in Sydney and Tasmania for over 25 years. In her last position she worked in a senior executive role for 16 years at one of Hobart’s largest firms focusing on all areas of litigation with a particular interest in personal injuries compensation.

Allanna has commenced working as Practice Manager of our Hobart office overseeing our institutional abuse claims.

Allanna is very passionate about client needs ensuring ongoing contact with them to guide them through the legal process. She brings with her to that position her vast knowledge of practice and procedure in the Tasmanian jurisdiction.

Allanna is a member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association.

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Olivia Chapman

Olivia Chapman

Olivia joined Angela Sdrinis Legal in 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) majoring in history and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Melbourne.  

Before joining Angela Sdrinis Legal, Olivia worked as a Judge’s Associate in the Supreme Court of Victoria for two years, where she gained experience in institutional child sexual abuse litigation. She also has previously worked as a solicitor in commercial dispute resolution.

Olivia is passionate about social justice and assisting people affected by childhood abuse and is now working with Angela Sdrinis in the area of Institutional Abuse.

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Zachary Tsinanis

Zachary Tsinanis

Zac has completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in Middle East Politics. He has completed his Practical Legal Training and is currently applying to be admitted to legal practice. Zac’s main area of interest is workers’ rights particularly in the Comcare area. Zac is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and The Australia Lawyers Alliance.

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