Why did you become a lawyer?
I did not grow up wanting to be a lawyer. I probably shouldn’t say that but it’s the truth. While I did have an interest in legal studies, I was unsure about the career path I wanted to take. In my early 20’s, I started working for a public sector organisation managing their WorkCover claims. I soon developed a passion for the work and assisting injured workers. I quickly realised that this was my destined career path and so my journey to becoming a personal injury lawyer began.
How long have you been with Redlich's?
6 years! I came across the role on LinkedIn, and applied as the role was based in Springvale, close to home in the South/East. I believe it is important for my clients to have legal representation from someone who both works and lives in the area. Also, as a working mum, being based close to home is important because it allows me to drop off my daughter at school.
What has been your most rewarding case?
There are so many…
Recently, after a long journey and several days in court, a significant settlement was achieved for my client who sustained spinal injuries when he was called to assist with bariatric turns at the public hospital her worked for. While manually performing these turns with no mechanical aids and slings my client injured his neck sustaining a disc prolapse which ultimately resulted in surgery. Despite this being an example of a poor system of work, the Hospital maintained it was not negligent, even though the evidence was mounting up against it. Eventually and the day before trial, negligence was admitted however the Defendant disputed the nature and extent of my client’s injuries. There were many challenges and legal arguments during the running of this trial - high and low moments but in the end a favourable settlement was achieved for our very worthy client.
What is your favourite memory about working with the Redlich's team?
- working with an incredible team both the broader Redlich's team and my team in Springvale who are incredible.
- the firm genuinely supports working parents
- the Christmas and EOFY parties – so much fun
Who is your hero/role model?
I don’t actually have one particular hero or role model. In fact, there are so many individuals who inspire me every day.
The main person is my mum. My mum is my rock. She was raised in a village in Greece with a strict upbringing and arrived in Australia in her teens. She experienced hardship and poverty from a young age working hard to set up a life in Australia. She could not speak a word of English. She is resilient, calm, caring, giving and the kindest person I know, probably too kind at times.
Favourite sports team?
The honest truth is I have been corrupted by my husband and support the Richmond Football Club.
Do you have any pets?
Our Australian Bull Dog, George. He is 12-years-old and is absolutely adorable.
Last book read?
I have recently finished ‘The Happiest Man on Earth’ which came highly recommended by a very good friend. All I can say is – wow! A powerful story of a holocaust survivor and his journey to overcome the greatest hardship ever imaginable to become the happiest and most humble man on earth. I could not put it down.
Number one holiday destination?
The Maldives! So idyllic and tranquil. I always wanted to stay in one of those over the water bungalows and that we did.
I love to eat but hate to cook. My favourite cuisine is without a doubt Japanese. I love sushi and sashimi. Greek food - who doesn't love a souvlaki!
What motivates you to work hard?
During my younger years, I watched my parents and grandparents work extremely hard to build a life in Australia and create greater opportunities for my siblings and I. I watched them attentively and learned by example. Since then, I have never been afraid of hard work. I believe my work ethic is one of my strongest attributes.
I am motivated and driven by my client’s stories - each and every one of them. The personal and at times tragic circumstances faced by my clients is one of the greatest forces and motivations to working hard and striving for a fair and just result for them and their families.
What advice would you give to an aspiring lawyer?
- be your authentic self and don’t be arrogant
- find a good mentor to guide you through your legal career and to set a good example
- ensure you allow time to reflect, reset and rest from the beginning of your studies/career
- believe in yourself.
How can someone get in touch with you?
You can find my contact details here.