Our Team


Angela Cooney - National Practice Director – Sydney

Angela is able to assist clients with all criminal offences such as assaults, drug charges, traffic matters, theft, break and enters, firearms, sexual offences and apprehended violence orders. Angela is an experienced court advocate having appeared in the Local and District Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal as well as in federal jurisdictions in a multitude of matters, including complex strictly indictable trials. After graduating with first-class honours and prior…

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Trudie Cameron - Practice Director – Sydney

Trudie is an accredited specialist in criminal law and practises exclusively in criminal and traffic law. Trudie defends clients charged with both state and commonwealth offences and appears on their behalf in Local and District Courts. Trudie has also instructed counsel in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court. She combines her impressive skills in advocacy and legal analysis…

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Ali Rana - Practice Director - Brisbane

Ali is a Senior Associate and practises primarily in the areas of criminal defence, employment law, complex immigration appeals, and civil litigation and dispute resolution matters. Ali is a seasoned advocate in these practice areas, regularly representing clients in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of Queensland, and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Ali is focused on practical and commercial outcomes for his clients. He takes all necessary steps…

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Jack Leitner - Special Counsel - Sydney

Jack was admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2003 and of the High Court of Australia in 2008. He has practised almost exclusively in the area of criminal law throughout his career with extensive experience in handling very serious and complex matters as well as more minor matters. Jack also has experience in family law, civil law, and sports law. Jack’s…

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Kristen Moore - Managing Associate- Werribee

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Sociology) from Victoria University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. Kristen is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. Following admission to practice, Kristen worked exclusively in the areas of civil and succession law, mainly focusing on litigated matters,…

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Andrew Fraser - Senior Associate - Canberra

Andrew works in the areas of criminal law and traffic law, providing practical advice in all of his clients' matters. Andrew has, over many years, developed positive working relationships with prosecutors, magistrates and judges. His no-nonsense approach means he has a reputation for putting forward the best case possible for clients. Andrew has won many matters for his clients, including costs orders against the prosecuting authorities. He believes in thorough,…

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Thomas Allen - Senior Associate – Brisbane

Thomas has been at the sharp end of the criminal law for close to 20 years. He knows how criminal charges can affect you and those around you. In an often stressful and frightening situation, Thomas delivers straightforward advice in plain English so that you know where you stand and what can be done to help you get through the court process and reach the best outcome achievable in your…

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Natasha Shorter - Senior Associate - Brisbane

Natasha Shorter completed a double degree in Law and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University graduating with Honours. She was admitted to practice in the Queensland Supreme Court in September 2008. Natasha is a Senior Associate practicing in criminal law. She has a real passion for social justice and protecting people’s rights, a quality that makes her a proficient lawyer. Natasha believes that every client is entitled to be…

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Chris Main - Senior Associate – Brisbane

Chris is a persuasive advocate and has primarily practised in criminal law since his admission as a solicitor in 2015. He understands the challenges his clients, and their families, face through the criminal process. With a specific focus on advocacy and legal strategy, Chris ensures that his clients understand the law surrounding their matters and all available options to secure the best possible outcomes. Chris works to return control to…

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Jonathan Brancato - Senior Associate - Melbourne

Jonathan has spent his legal career working exclusively in criminal, traffic and family violence law. Jonathan has both the knowledge and experience to provide sound advice in these practice areas. He appreciates that being charged can be a very stressful experience and is committed to providing clarity concerning the legal issues in each client’s case. It is imperative that you understand your rights as soon as a police investigation is commenced,…

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Carl Paterson Finch - Senior Associate - Melbourne

Carl undertook his Bachelor of Laws at Monash University before moving on to complete his practical legal training at Leo Cussen Centre For Law, where he also completed an Advocacy Program. Carl practises predominantly in family law and civil law as well as criminal law and understands the different challenges his clients face in each area. He knows how challenging it is to engage with the legal process and the…

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Lisa Taylor - Senior Associate - Gympie

Lisa holds a Masters in Law and a Bachelor of Laws. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University, and is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland and as a solicitor to the High Court of Australia. As a senior associate, Lisa’s focus is on advocacy. She ensures all clients have access to strong representation in their time of need.…

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Laura Turner - Senior Associate - Brisbane

Laura holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology from the University of Tasmania. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law and is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland. Laura began her legal experience through volunteering with the Student Legal Service offering free advice to students, and through a clerkship in the conveyancing team of…

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Daniel Shestowsky - Senior Associate - Sydney

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics from Macquarie University. Daniel was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a lawyer after completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at The College of Law. Daniel was also admitted as a solicitor to the High Court of Australia. Daniel has a particular interest and expertise in criminal law. Daniel has appeared…

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Nicholas Hardy-Clements - Senior Associate - Sydney

Nick completed a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, and received a University Certificate in Workplace Essentials at Charles Sturt University. He subsequently completed his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, also from UTS. Nick is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is also admitted as a solicitor to the High Court of Australia.…

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Susana Farate - Senior Associate - Perth

Susana has experience in complex legal matters and manages difficult cases involving serious indictable offences such as murder, sexual offences and trafficable drugs offences. She is skilled at giving legal advice in relation to trial matters, and also appears as counsel at trial and in sentencing matters, achieving good outcomes on behalf of clients in higher courts for serious offences. Susana’s personable and friendly nature has meant that she has…

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Tyson Brown - Associate – Sydney

Tyson has a down to earth, straightforward approach to life and the law, one which is well received by all who meet him. Tyson has the ability to relate to all clients on a personal level, having spent many years prior to his legal career in customer service and hospitality. As a manager of some of Sydney’s best-known venues, Tyson was regularly involved with security, police, licensing and liquor accords,…

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Cara Maynard - Associate – Sydney

Before joining the team at Armstrong Legal, Cara worked as a DNA expert preparing and giving DNA evidence in criminal trials. In this role she liaised with police, DPP and defence practitioner regarding a variety of matters including DNA transfer, deposition and recovery. Cara has reviewed and interpreted thousands of DNA profiles that were reported as intelligence to the NSW police, and when requested, submitted reports and gave evidence in…

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Anastasia Qvist - Associate - Canberra

Ana is based in our Canberra office and practices in both ACT and NSW jurisdictions. Ana has over 5 years’ experience working as a criminal law advocate. Ana has appeared in the Local, District and Supreme Court in NSW and the Magistrates Court in the ACT. Ana is a strong advocate in the courtroom and has appeared without counsel in all of these jurisdictions. Ana is easy to approach and…

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Joseph Palamara - Associate - Werribee

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University and completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law. Joseph also holds a Certificate in Legal Business from the College of Law. Joseph was admitted to practise law in the Supreme Court of Victoria in March 2017 and is also admitted in the High Court of Australia. Joseph brings with him an array of experience in legal…

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Deike Kemper - Associate - Melbourne

Deike Kemper holds a Juris Doctor (Master of Laws degree) from Monash University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law and is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. Deike’s main area of practice is criminal law. She also regularly assists clients with matters relating to outstanding infringements. Deike has assisted clients with a…

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Aurhett Barrie - Solicitor – Sydney

As a former Judge’s Associate Aurhett has rare insight into how cases are heard and decided. This knowledge allows him to persuasively advocate for his clients’ interests, both inside and outside of a courtroom. He has spent his career practising exclusively in criminal and traffic law and has advised hundreds of clients on an extensive range of matters. He takes a friendly, but professional approach with each and every client…

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Benjamin Edye - Solicitor - Sydney

Benjamin Edye joined Armstrong Legal in 2020 after gaining criminal law experience at boutique firms. Ben is very approachable, understanding and sensitive to his clients’ stresses when faced with the adversity of the criminal justice system. A passionate and meticulous advocate, Ben has experience in a range of criminal matters including robberies, commercial drug supply and manufacture, serious sexual assaults, and fraud offences. As a client-focused and outcome driven professional,…

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Andy Bazzi - Solicitor - Brisbane

Andy graduated from Griffith University with a double degree in Law and Psychological Science. He was also awarded a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice by the College of Law and is admitted to practise in Queensland. Andy has a diverse interest in all areas of law and works to ensure that he understands every component of his clients’ legal issues. He is particularly interested in all aspects of criminal and…

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Temeka Sue-Tin - Solicitor - Brisbane

Temeka holds a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. She is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Queensland and in the High Court of Australia. Temeka has strong interests in criminal and traffic law, family law, civil law and succession law. Outside of work, Temeka enjoys going to the beach or the park with her dog…

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Adam Elbob - Solicitor - Werribee

Adam Elbob holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology and minoring in Policy Studies. He completed his Practical Legal Training at the College of Law. Adam is admitted to practise law in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Adam brings with him an array of experience in legal practice having been involved with community legal centres and private practice. Adam strives to provide the highest quality…

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Ulas Guldogan - Solicitor - Melbourne

Ulas Guldogan holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance. He completed his Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. Ulas has a strong interests in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Law and Banking and Finance Law. When he is not entrenched in work, Ulas enjoys playing and watching AFL and basketball as well as travelling and going to the gym.

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Courtney Ashton - Solicitor - Perth

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice from Edith Cowan University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. Courtney is a dedicated practitioner who enjoys a challenge and has competently completed many traffic and summary jurisdiction matters. Courtney enjoys advocacy and has appeared in a number of drink driving, assault and serious traffic matters including reckless and dangerous driving.…

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Lisa Riley - Solicitor - Perth

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. She was admitted in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2018. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Counselling with advanced majors in Addiction and Effective Parenting from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. Lisa’s background and qualifications in Counselling allow Lisa to work diligently and compassionately with…

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April Jarmoszewicz - Solicitor - Perth

April Jarmoszewicz holds a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. She is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and in the High Court of Australia. April has a strong passion in Criminal Law and since her admission, has worked exclusively in Criminal Law. Prior to her admission, April was employed as a paralegal and…

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WHERE TO NEXT?

In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.

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