Year admitted to practice: 2005 (NSW)
Year elected to WABA: 2019
Lisa is a diversely experienced legal practitioner and mediator. She has built her professional practice across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on native title and administrative law, litigation and dispute resolution. The breadth of her experience enables her to assist in guiding clients to the resolution of complex and multifaceted matters with a creative and pragmatic approach.
Lisa has been admitted to practice in NSW, QLD and WA and has conducted commercial and corporate litigation matters and trial work across those jurisdictions, as well as Federal Court and tribunal (AAT, SAT and NNTT) advocacy work.
In the native title space Lisa has acted for the full spectrum of stakeholders including: high levels of government; mining and development companies; native title claimants and PBC corporations. Prior to commencing practice as an independent barrister, Lisa was a Senior Executive Service (SES) employee for the Australian Public Service (APS) working as Deputy Native Title Registrar for the National Native Title Tribunal.
Lisa has a breadth of experience in private practice law firms, including Herbert Smith Freehills, where she worked as a senior practitioner in the Land Access Team acting for grantee and government parties in complex litigation matters and large scale negotiations, particularly surrounding mining, land acquisition and infrastructure projects, and the implementation of layered benefit management structures with traditional owner groups.
Lisa is also an accredited and experienced mediator, specialising in complex multi-party and cross-cultural mediations.
Lisa is committed to sharing knowledge and helping to creating open learning dialogues, and has offered training and seminars through LegalWise, Aurora, AIATSIS, the Federal Court/NNTT and Australian Disputes Centre.
Lisa is an experienced director and has a passion for working with Not-For-Profit (NFP) and charitable boards and organisations that focus on innovative ways to address issues affecting our communities.