ABOUT US

Pentana Stanton Lawyers is dedicated to delivering exceptional legal representation across a wide range of practice areas, from family law to commercial settings. Our firm prides itself on providing comprehensive and effective legal services to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

 

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Who We Are

Pentana Stanton Lawyers is one of the leading law firms in the region, renowned for providing top-notch legal services across various practice areas. Whether you’re in search of family lawyers, commercial lawyers, or criminal lawyers, our team has the expertise to assist you.

Our history is rich with stories of delivering outstanding results. Thanks to our dedicated team of lawyers, we’ve cemented our reputation for offering personalized attention tailored to every client’s unique needs. Our deep-rooted understanding of law ensures we’re equipped to navigate even the most intricate legal challenges.

Our diverse team of solicitors boasts expertise in several areas. This allows Pentana Stanton Lawyers to offer comprehensive representation, ensuring no stone is left unturned. As your trusted law firm, we prioritise building enduring relationships rooted in trust, transparency, and clear communication. We value our clients’ aspirations and goals, customizing our legal strategies to align with their vision.

Dedication to the highest ethical standards sets us apart. We tackle every case with a keen eye for detail, innovative legal strategies, and solid negotiation prowess. Our unwavering advocacy ensures our clients’ rights and interests are always front and center.

Serving a vast clientele, from individuals and families needing family lawyers to businesses seeking adept commercial lawyers, our team stands ready to address your legal requirements efficiently. Our services extend beyond just representation. We’re a law firm deeply ingrained in our community, championing initiatives that bolster social justice and equality. Our solicitors are not just confined to the courtroom – they’re out in the community, offering various services and participating in community projects.

Choosing Pentana Stanton Lawyers means opting for unmatched attention, dedication, and a commitment to securing the best outcomes. Navigate the intricacies of law with our seasoned lawyers by your side, ensuring you experience the legal journey with confidence.

Get in touch with Pentana Stanton Lawyers today. Allow us to be your beacon in the vast expanse of law, safeguarding your rights, and steering you towards your legal ambitions.

Commitment to Our Clients

At Pentana Stanton Lawyers, our esteemed law firm is dedicated to serving a varied clientele, both on an international and national scale. Our team boasts skilled family lawyers, commercial lawyers, and criminal lawyers, making us well-equipped to handle diverse areas of law. Whether you’re seeking assistance in family disputes, personal injuries, employment issues, business and property transactions, international trade regulations, wills, and beyond, our comprehensive legal services are tailored to meet a spectrum of requirements.

Our roster is populated with adept lawyers who not only understand the intricacies of the law but also stay abreast of the latest legal trends. Upholding the pinnacle of legal standards in Australia, we ensure our clients benefit from unparalleled representation and counsel. Trust in Pentana Stanton Lawyers for guidance rooted in expertise and dedication.

OUR TEAM

Penny LaGreca

Partner | Principal Solicitor

Role

Penny LaGreca, the founder of Pentana Stanton Lawyers, is a highly experienced Principal Solicitor at Pentana and is based in both our Dandenong and City Offices.

Background

Penny completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Law at Monash University in the 1980s, receiving early admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria. Her passion for the law then drove her to complete:

  1. a Master of Law (with an emphasis on Family, Commercial, and Employment Law),
  2. a Master of Wills and Estates Law, and
  3. a Master of Family Law (in progress).

Penny has a diverse background in both private practice and academia. For ten years, she taught and tutored at Monash University, where she drafted study materials and assessments for students and served as a marker for local and international students. In private practice, Penny has worked in a range of areas, including Personal Injuries Law, Employment Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Negligence, Wills and Estates Law, and Family Law. Her extensive experience allows her to assist clients with a broad range of legal concerns.

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Partner | Principal Solicitor

Penny LaGreca

Penny is a local Melbournite and grew up in the South-eastern Suburbs.

She completed her undergraduate and post graduate double law degree of Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in the 1980’s and received early admission in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Her love of the law saw her complete a Master of Law at Monash University, with an emphasis on Family, Commercial and Employment Law areas, a second Masters of Wills and Estate Law and she is currently completing a Masters of Family Law.

Penny has spent time in both private practice and in academia. She tutored and lectured at Monash University for 10 years, drafting study materials and assessments for students and worked as a marker for local and overseas students. In private practice Penny has worked across a range of areas including Personal Injuries, Employment, Commercial, Contract, Negligence, Wills and Family Law. This broad range of experience has enabled Penny to be in a prime position to assist clients across all their concerns.

She has a passion for full representation including appearing for clients at court to ensure that someone fully familiar with their case is with them at their hearings. She enjoys helping clients achieve positive results and provides practical and focused advice.

Penny currently practices primarily in family law, including parenting and property matters, mediation, negotiation, children protection and intervention orders. She also practices in Wills and Estates and in commercial matters.

When she is not working Penny enjoys spending time with family, including children and grandchildren, running and watching movies and documentaries about history and bygone eras, classics, the 1800’s, true life stories and educational films and books regarding people and personalities.

Partner | Principal Solicitor

Penny LaGreca

Penny LaGreca, the founder of Pentana Stanton Lawyers, is a highly experienced Principal Solicitor at Pentana and is based in both our Dandenong and City Offices.

Background
Penny completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Law at Monash University in the 1980s, receiving early admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria. Her passion for the law then drove her to complete:
1. a Master of Law (with an emphasis on Family, Commercial, and Employment Law),
2. a Master of Wills and Estates Law, and
3. a Master of Family Law (in progress).
Penny has a diverse background in both private practice and academia. For ten years, she taught and tutored at Monash University, where she drafted study materials and assessments for students and served as a marker for local and international students. In private practice, Penny has worked in a range of areas, including Personal Injuries Law, Employment Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Negligence, Wills and Estates Law, and Family Law. Her extensive experience allows her to assist clients with a broad range of legal concerns.

Primary Areas of Practice
Currently, Penny primarily practices in Family Law, helping her clients deal with matters such as divorce, intervention orders, family violence, parenting arrangements, property division and child/spousal maintenance. Penny is highly skilled in mediation, negotiation and litigation, making her able to represent her clients at all stages of their matters. Her focus on Family Law is driven by her passion for helping people through challenging times and ensuring that their rights are protected.

Penny also practices in Wills and Estates Law, focusing on wills, estate planning, probate, estate administration, powers of attorney, guardianship and conservatorship and estate litigation. Penny brings her clients peace of mind by providing them with comprehensive advice on estate planning, asset protection and distribution, and succession planning. She helps her clients to navigate complex legal requirements surrounding wills, trusts, probate and estate administration, ensuring their wishes are carried out in the most tax-efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Penny brings sensitivity and compassion to her interactions with clients, recognising that each person is often grappling with difficult emotions while making important decisions. She works tirelessly to ensure that her clients’ final wishes are executed with care and attention to detail.

Finally, Penny also practices in Commercial Law, including Contract Law and Employment Law. She brings invaluable knowledge and experience to her clients, and can assist with various legal matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, commercial disputes and litigation. Penny provides her clients with practical and strategic advice to help them navigate complex legal issues while minimising risk.

Overall, Penny is committed to providing full representation for her clients. She takes pride in appearing for clients in court to ensure that someone fully familiar with their case is present at their hearings. Her goal is to help clients achieve positive results by taking a practical and focused approach.
Penny’s Interests/Hobbies
Outside of her busy legal practice, Penny enjoys spending time with her family, including her children and grandchildren. She is an avid runner and loves to watch movies and documentaries about history and bygone eras. She also enjoys reading books and watching educational films about people and personalities.

Summary
Penny's passion for the law is matched only by her commitment to her clients. She provides excellent legal advice and representation while maintaining a compassionate and client-focused approach. With her extensive legal experience and passion for helping others, Penny LaGreca is a trusted and highly regarded member of the Pentana Stanton Lawyers team.

Partner | Principal Solicitor

Jesse LaGreca

Jesse is a highly accomplished legal professional with a strong educational background. He completed his law degrees at Monash University and his business degree at La Trobe University. Following his studies, he obtained admission as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia, demonstrating his commitment to the legal profession.

Throughout his career, Jesse has amassed extensive experience in a variety of commercial matters. From finance to building and construction, he has successfully handled a wide range of complex cases. His passion lies in supporting entrepreneurship, startups, and fostering organizational growth, as he understands the unique challenges and opportunities these ventures present.

In his private practice, Jesse has worked across multiple areas of law, showcasing his versatility and breadth of knowledge. His expertise spans commercial law, contract law, negligence claims, employment law, building and construction disputes, criminal defense, and family law. With a well-rounded skill set, he is able to provide comprehensive legal advice and representation to clients facing diverse legal challenges.

Jesse is dedicated to delivering exceptional results for his clients. He approaches each case with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that he understands the specific needs and objectives of his clients. By applying his extensive legal knowledge and practical experience, he develops effective strategies to achieve favorable outcomes.

Clients who work with Jesse can expect a highly professional and compassionate approach. He recognizes that legal matters can be complex and overwhelming, and strives to provide clear and practical guidance to his clients throughout the legal process. With his strong advocacy skills and dedication to client success, Jesse is a trusted advisor and advocate for individuals and businesses alike.

If you are seeking expert legal advice and representation in commercial, contract, negligence, employment, building and construction, criminal defense, or family law matters, Jesse is well-equipped to assist you. Contact him today to benefit from his wealth of experience and commitment to achieving optimal outcomes for his clients.

Jesse LaGreca

Partner | Principal Solicitor

Jesse is a highly accomplished legal professional with a strong educational background. He completed his law degrees at Monash University and his business degree at La Trobe University before obtaining admission as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Throughout his career, Jesse has amassed extensive experience in a variety of commercial matters. From finance to building and construction, he has successfully handled a wide range of complex cases. His passion lies in supporting entrepreneurship, startups, and fostering organizational growth, as he understands the unique challenges and opportunities these ventures present.

In his private practice, Jesse has worked across multiple areas of law, showcasing his versatility and breadth of knowledge. His expertise spans commercial law, contract law, negligence claims, employment law, building and construction disputes, criminal defense, and family law. With a well-rounded skill set, he is able to provide comprehensive legal advice and representation to clients facing diverse legal challenges.

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Partner | Principal Solicitor

Jesse LaGreca


Jesse completed his degrees in law at Monash University and in business at La Trobe University before gaining admission as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Jesse has significant experience in commercial matters ranging from finance to building and construction. He is particularly passionate about entrepreneurship, startups and increasing growth in companies. In private practice Jesse has worked across a range of areas including commercial, contract, negligence, employment law, building and construction, criminal defence and family law.

He provides full representation including court work to ensure the clients are represented by someone who is fully familiar with their case. Jesse adopts a very practical, results driven approach to any dispute resolution.

Jesse is currently working in commercial law, professional negligence (Financial Services) and family law, specialising in complex property disputes.

Outside of work, Jesse can typically be found deep sea diving, snowboarding or on the golf course.

Senior Associate

Nick Lionakis

Nick Lionakis is a highly experienced senior solicitor at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, specializing in personal injury law in both Victoria and Queensland. He completed his education at Monash University Melbourne, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1990.

With over 20 years of experience, Nick has dedicated his legal career to improving the lives of injured claimants who have suffered due to the actions or negligence of others. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and believes in seeking common law solutions for those who have been disadvantaged by injury or illness.

Nick has extensive knowledge and expertise in preparing and presenting statutory claims and common law damages claims across various areas, including work-related injuries, transport accidents, public liability incidents, and superannuation disability insurance claims. He provides valuable advice to injured claimants, ensuring they are aware of their rights under relevant legislation.

In Victoria, Nick is well-versed in the Accident Compensation Act 1985, Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013, Transport Accident Act 1986, and Wrongs Act 1958. In Queensland, he has a comprehensive understanding of the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002, Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994, and Civil Liability Act 2003.

Beyond his professional work, Nick is actively involved in community service. He volunteers as a solicitor and supervisor at the Springvale Monash Legal Service, dedicating his time and expertise to assist individuals who require legal support.

In addition to his legal proficiency, Nick is fluent in both the Greek and Spanish languages, allowing him to effectively communicate with clients from diverse backgrounds.

With his wealth of experience, commitment to social justice, and dedication to client advocacy, Nick Lionakis is a valuable asset to the team at Pentana Stanton Lawyers.

Nick Lionakis

Senior Associate

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Senior Associate

Durra Baraz

Durra brings a unique blend of legal expertise, language proficiency, and empathetic understanding to her role as a Solicitor at Pentana Stanton Lawyers. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, majoring in Arabic language and Arabic Translation.

Durra's journey with Pentana Stanton began as an intern, where she showcased her exceptional skills and dedication. Following a successful internship, she joined the firm permanently, bringing her passion for Family Law to the forefront. As a mother of three, Durra possesses a deep understanding of the challenges and dynamics involved in family matters, allowing her to connect with clients on a personal level and achieve favorable outcomes.

Before embarking on her legal career, Durra gained valuable experience as a Human Resources Officer. This role provided her with an extensive knowledge of the National Employment Standards and the Fair Work Act, enhancing her understanding of workplace-related issues. Additionally, Durra's time in HR allowed her to refine her skills in mediation and dispute resolution, enabling her to approach Family Law cases with a focus on finding amicable solutions.

Durra's fluency in the Arabic language is a significant asset, as she is passionate about assisting clients who have limited English proficiency or feel more comfortable communicating in Arabic. Her language skills foster effective communication, ensuring that clients fully comprehend the legal processes and can express their concerns and needs with confidence.

With her legal expertise, compassionate approach, and language proficiency, Durra is dedicated to providing exceptional representation and support to clients navigating Family Law matters. Her commitment to understanding her clients' unique circumstances, combined with her ability to bridge language barriers, makes her an invaluable member of the Pentana Stanton team.

Durra Baraz

Senior Associate

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Senior Associate

Chrisoulla (Chrissy) Georgiou

Chrisoulla is a valued member of the Pentana Stanton Lawyers team, in her role as a Senior Solicitor. With a strong academic background, she obtained a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash University in 2013, following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at the same institution in 2008.

Having joined Pentana Stanton Lawyers in 2022, Chrisoulla quickly established herself as a reliable and experienced professional. Based in our City Office, she brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to her role. Managing her own team of solicitors and paralegals/legal assistants, Chrisoulla ensures that clients receive comprehensive and attentive legal support.

Chrisoulla's true passion lies in family law, as she finds great reward in helping clients navigate difficult periods in their lives. She approaches each case with empathy and professionalism, always striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients. In addition to her expertise in family law, Chrisoulla has experience in various other legal areas, including debt recovery, VCAT matters, family violence, motor vehicle and infringement matters, wills, litigation, and criminal and IVO matters.

Beyond her professional responsibilities, Chrisoulla maintains a rich and fulfilling life outside of work. She has a genuine appreciation for food, enjoys exploring different cuisines, and is always eager to try new culinary experiences. Travel is another passion of hers, as she embraces opportunities to immerse herself in different cultures and broaden her horizons. Chrisoulla also finds solace in reading and rejuvenation through hiking, which allows her to connect with nature and find balance in her busy life.

With her extensive legal knowledge, caring approach, and diverse interests, Chrisoulla is a valuable asset to Pentana Stanton Lawyers. Clients can rely on her expertise and dedication to guide them through challenging legal matters while providing them with the support they need during challenging times.

Chrisoulla (Chrissy) Georgiou

Senior Associate

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Senior Associate

Violet Lazari

Violet is a highly experienced senior Family Lawyer at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, specializing in all aspects of Family Law. With her extensive knowledge and expertise, she adeptly handles a wide range of cases, including high-conflict Parenting matters involving relocation, complex Property matters, Financial Arrangements prior and post separation, and Child Support Agreements.

In addition to her proficiency in Family Law, Violet also has experience in Intervention Order matters and regularly appears before the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, as well as the Magistrates' Court. Her extensive courtroom experience and familiarity with the legal system allow her to effectively represent her clients and advocate for their rights.

Violet understands the emotional challenges that come with the breakdown of a relationship, and she approaches each case with empathy and a realistic perspective. She is dedicated to guiding her clients through this difficult time, providing them with the support they need while working towards the best possible outcome for their situation.

With a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies (Social Science), Violet has a strong academic foundation. She is admitted to practice at the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia, demonstrating her qualifications and commitment to the legal profession.

Violet's language skills further enhance her ability to serve a diverse clientele. She is fluent in Persian and Assyrian, allowing her to effectively communicate with clients who may feel more comfortable expressing themselves in these languages.

Clients who work with Violet can expect compassionate guidance, comprehensive legal knowledge, and a determined advocate who is committed to achieving the best possible results for their Family Law matters.

Violet Lazari

Senior Associate

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Senior Lawyer

Cheenam Mak

Mak is a highly skilled Senior Solicitor at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, bringing extensive legal expertise to the firm. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Flinders University and completed his Graduate Diploma of Practical Legal Training (PLT), equipping him with the necessary qualifications to excel in his profession.

Joining Pentana Stanton in 2022, Mak is based in the City Office and holds a senior position within the firm, where he oversees a team of lawyers. While specializing in the Criminal Jurisdiction, both for Summary and Indictable offenses, Mak also has experience in Family violence matters. Prior to joining Pentana Stanton, he worked at other Melbourne law firms, gaining significant legal experience in various areas of law such as Civil Litigation, Debts/Insolvency, Family Law, Administrative Law, Family Violence/Statutory Offenses, Immigration Law, General Litigation, Road/Traffic offenses, Small Businesses, and Wills and Estates.

Mak's true passion lies in Criminal law, where he provides dedicated and responsive service to his clients. He prioritizes their needs and diligently advocates for their rights in court. Mak is known for his vigorous negotiation skills when dealing with police prosecutions, always striving to secure favorable outcomes for his clients.

Outside of his professional commitments, Mak volunteers at Fitzroy Legal Service (Night Service) as a Volunteer Solicitor, demonstrating his commitment to providing free legal advice to the community and promoting access to justice.

As a native of Singapore, Mak is bilingual in English and Mandarin. This language proficiency allows him to effectively communicate and understand the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds.

During his leisure time, Mak enjoys cooking and watching Netflix, providing a well-deserved balance to his busy professional life.

Clients who work with Mak can expect dedicated legal representation, strong advocacy, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes in their criminal law matters.

Cheenam Mak

Senior Solicitor

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Solicitor

Sarah LaGreca

Role
Sarah is a Solicitor at Pentana Stanton Lawyers and is based in our Dandenong Office. She completed her Juris Doctor at Monash University (Law Chambers).

Background
Sarah’s journey to becoming a lawyer started with her passion for helping people. She began her career as a teacher, working with children with special needs. During her time as a teacher, Sarah developed an understanding of the challenges that people face and the importance of empathy and understanding.
Driven by her desire to help people on a deeper level, Sarah pursued a degree in psychology. She currently holds provisional registration as a psychologist and is specialising in clinical psychology, after which she will be fully registered as a psychologist. Her studies in psychology have given her a thorough understanding of the human mind and behaviour. Sarah's knowledge in psychology enables her to approach legal matters with a unique perspective and to connect with clients on a deeper level.
After working in the education sector for many years, Sarah realized that she wanted to help people in a different way. She wanted to use her skills and knowledge to help people navigate the legal system and find solutions to their problems. This led her to pursue a career in law. She completed a Juris Doctor at Monash University and now works as a Solicitor at Pentana Stanton Lawyers.

Areas of Practice
Sarah is a passionate, driven lawyer who practices in Wills and Estates, Family Law and Commercial Law. She delivers exceptional service to her clients, representing those from all walks of life.
Sarah has a deep understanding of the importance of estate planning and the impact it can have on individuals and their families. She believes that every person should have a well-crafted Will in place to ensure that their assets are distributed according to their wishes. Sarah has helped numerous clients to draft their Wills in a way that protects the Will from being successfully challenged down the track. Her empathetic approach and attention to detail have helped her to provide thorough advice and to create tailored Wills that meet her clients' individual needs.
In addition to her expertise in Wills and Estates, Sarah also practices in Family Law. She understands that family law matters can be emotionally challenging and strives to provide her clients with compassionate and practical advice. She has a thorough understanding of the complexities of family law and strives to help her clients find the best possible solutions for their families. Her expertise in psychology allows her to help her clients manage their emotions and make decisions that are in the best interests of themselves and their families. Sarah assists her clients in a range of family law areas, including divorce, parenting matters, child support, and property settlements. She helps her clients to navigate the complexities of family law and to achieve the best possible outcomes for themselves and their families.
Sarah also assists one of Pentana Stanton’s Principal lawyers in Commercial Law matters. This includes working with businesses of all sizes and industries, from start-ups to established corporations. Practicing in Commercial Law involves helping clients with various legal matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, shareholder agreements, and dispute resolution. Sarah is passionate about helping Commercial Law clients to minimise their legal risks and to achieve their business goals through effective legal strategies. Her expertise in teaching allows her to explain complex legal concepts in a way that is easy for business owners to understand, and her expertise in psychology allows her to understand the motivations behind her clients' business decisions.

Professional Development
Sarah is committed to continuing her professional development and staying up-to-date with the latest legal developments. She subscribes to a range of legal publications to keep abreast of current issues, listens to legal podcasts, is a member of legal associations and regularly attends professional development seminars. Sarah’s commitment to ongoing education ensures that she is able to provide her clients with the most up-to-date legal advice.

Qualifications
1. Bachelor of Arts (double major in Psychology and Sociology)
2. Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education
3. Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)
4. Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology Honours)
5. Juris Doctor
6. Master of Clinical Psychology (ongoing)

Sarah’s Interests/Hobbies
Outside of work, Sarah is an avid runner, assisting to balance her office life with a physically active life. Sarah is also a mother to several young children, placing her in a position to personally understand the complexities that many of her Family Law clients face.

Summary
In summary, Sarah is a hard-working, dedicated lawyer with a passion for helping her clients. She practices in several areas of law, including Wills and Estates, Family Law and Commercial Law. Sarah’s background in teaching and psychology has proven to be invaluable in her legal career. Her experience in teaching has helped her to develop excellent communication skills, which she uses to explain complex legal concepts to her clients in a clear and concise manner. Her expertise in psychology has given her the ability to understand her clients' motivations, fears, and concerns, and to address these issues in a compassionate and empathetic manner.
Sarah has a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological impact that legal issues can have on individuals and their families. She approaches each case with care and compassion, taking the time to listen to her clients' concerns and needs. She commonly receives positive feedback from her clients about her exceptional legal services and her understanding at a human level. Her empathetic approach, attention to detail, and commitment to ongoing education make her an excellent choice for anyone in need of legal assistance.

Sarah LaGreca

Solicitor

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Solicitor

Ariane Ang

Ariane is a skilled lawyer who obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. She further honed her legal training by completing her Practical Legal Training with The College of Law, preparing her for the practical aspects of legal practice.

With a primary focus on family law, Ariane possesses a deep understanding of various aspects within the field, including property division, parenting arrangements, mediation, litigation, and intervention orders. She is well-versed in navigating the complexities of family law cases and is committed to providing effective representation to her clients.

In addition to her family law expertise, Ariane also has experience in criminal and commercial matters, showcasing her versatility across different areas of law. This diverse background allows her to provide comprehensive legal support to her clients, ensuring their needs are met across various legal contexts.

Ariane's knowledge, combined with her dedication and commitment to her clients, enables her to approach each case with a strategic and compassionate mindset. She strives to achieve positive outcomes for her clients and is skilled in handling the intricacies of legal proceedings.

By continuously staying up to date with the latest developments in family law and other areas of her practice, Ariane ensures that she can provide accurate and reliable advice to her clients. Her comprehensive approach and commitment to her clients' best interests make her a valuable asset at Pentana Stanton Lawyers.

Ariane Ang

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Troy Broussard

Troy Broussard is a highly skilled lawyer with a primary focus on family law. Troy brings extensive knowledge in various aspects of the field, including property matters, parenting arrangements, mediation, litigation, and intervention orders. Troy's in-depth understanding of family law enables him to navigate complex legal issues and offer strategic advice to his clients. He is dedicated to helping individuals and families find fair and practical solutions during challenging times.

By leveraging his legal education and practical experience, Troy is committed to delivering professional and personalized legal services to his clients. He works diligently to protect their rights and interests, striving to achieve favorable outcomes for each individual he represents.

Troy's multidisciplinary background and strong foundation in family law equip him with the skills necessary to handle diverse legal challenges. His passion for the law and dedication to his clients make him a valuable member of the Pentana Stanton Lawyers team and a trusted advocate for those seeking legal assistance.

Troy Broussard

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Solicitor

Teraseth James

Teraseth obtained her Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University, and further honed her legal skills by completing the Graduate Diploma of Practical Legal Training at the esteemed Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

With a focus on Family Law since her admission to the legal profession, Teraseth is dedicated to helping clients navigate through challenging circumstances. She firmly believes in facilitating desirable and fair outcomes for her clients, striving to resolve disputes amicably without the need for prolonged litigation. Teraseth's empathetic nature allows her to truly listen to her clients, ensuring their concerns are heard and providing them with well-considered advice. She takes a practical and cost-effective approach to resolving family law matters, aiming to alleviate the emotional and financial burdens often associated with legal disputes.

When she's not practicing law, Teraseth enjoys spending quality time with her growing family, engaging in outdoor activities that rejuvenate her spirit and bring her closer to nature.

Teraseth's dedication to her clients' well-being, coupled with her practical approach to Family Law, make her a valuable member of the Pentana Stanton team. Her commitment to achieving favorable outcomes and her genuine care for her clients set her apart as a trusted advocate and advisor.

Teraseth James

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Solicitor

Justin Hawkins

Justin Hawkins is a highly dedicated and experienced lawyer who has devoted his practice primarily to Family Law since his admission to the legal profession. With a strong passion for helping individuals navigate complex family matters, Justin is committed to assisting his clients in achieving desirable and fair outcomes.

Justin understands that family disputes can be emotionally challenging and strives to provide his clients with compassionate and personalized legal support. He takes the time to listen attentively to their concerns, ensuring that he fully understands their unique circumstances and goals. With his empathetic approach, Justin builds strong connections with his clients, fostering trust and open communication.

In his pursuit of favorable resolutions, Justin places a strong emphasis on finding practical and cost-effective solutions. He recognizes that lengthy litigation can be both financially and emotionally draining, and therefore seeks alternative dispute resolution methods whenever possible. Justin is skilled in negotiation and mediation, utilizing his expertise to help clients reach agreements that protect their interests and maintain the well-being of their families.

As a valued member of the Pentana Stanton team, Justin's unwavering dedication to his clients' well-being sets him apart. He is known for his strategic thinking, attention to detail, and effective advocacy. Justin's extensive knowledge of Family Law, combined with his ability to navigate complex legal issues, allows him to provide comprehensive advice and guidance throughout the entire legal process.

Beyond his legal practice, Justin actively engages in professional development to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in Family Law. He is a member of reputable legal associations and attends relevant seminars and conferences to expand his knowledge and refine his skills. By staying at the forefront of legal trends and best practices, Justin ensures that his clients receive the highest standard of representation.

In addition to his legal expertise, Justin is known for his warm and approachable demeanor. Clients appreciate his ability to alleviate their concerns and guide them through challenging times. He understands the importance of building strong relationships based on trust, respect, and integrity.

Justin Hawkins

Solicitor

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Ruth Aaron

Ruth Aaron is a dedicated Family Law lawyer with a strong commitment to helping her clients achieve favorable outcomes. With a compassionate and personalized approach, Ruth listens attentively to her clients' concerns and understands their unique circumstances. She strives to find practical and cost-effective solutions, minimizing the need for lengthy litigation.

As a valued member of the Pentana Stanton team, Ruth brings strategic thinking, attention to detail, and effective advocacy to her clients' cases. She stays updated with the latest developments in Family Law through ongoing professional development and is a member of reputable legal associations.

Overall, Ruth Aaron is a compassionate and dedicated lawyer, committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients in Family Law cases.

Ruth Aaron

Solicitor

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Mrinal Kotnala

Mrinal Kotnala is a dedicated Family Law lawyer with a strong commitment to helping clients navigate complex legal matters. With a compassionate and personalized approach, Mrinal takes the time to listen attentively to her clients' concerns, ensuring she understands their unique circumstances and priorities. She is driven to find practical and cost-effective solutions, aiming to minimize the need for lengthy litigation.

As a valued member of the Pentana Stanton team, Mrinal brings a keen attention to detail, strategic thinking, and effective advocacy to her clients' cases. She remains current with the latest developments in Family Law through ongoing professional development and active participation in legal associations. This commitment allows her to enhance her knowledge and skills, ensuring she can provide the highest quality of legal guidance.

Mrinal's warm demeanor and expertise in Family Law enable her to provide trusted guidance and support to clients facing challenging situations. She understands the emotional and personal nature of Family Law matters and approaches each case with empathy and sensitivity. Her goal is to help her clients achieve the best possible outcomes while providing them with the necessary guidance and support throughout the process.

In conclusion, Mrinal Kotnala is a dedicated and compassionate lawyer who is committed to achieving favorable outcomes for her clients in Family Law cases. With her expertise, personalized approach, and unwavering support, she ensures that her clients receive the guidance they need during difficult times.

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Office Manager / Paralegal

Nida Azad

Nida is a valuable member of the Pentana Stanton team, serving as a Paralegal and Office Manager. With a background and degree in accounting, Nida initially pursued a career in that field before finding her passion in the legal industry.

Since joining Pentana Stanton in October 2019, Nida has discovered her enjoyment and aptitude for working in the legal arena. To support her career progression and further develop her skills as a paralegal, she is currently undertaking an Associate Degree in Legal Practice from RMIT University.

Nida thrives on working with people, solving challenges, and ensuring effective management of tasks. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and provide assistance wherever needed. Her strong organizational skills and dedication to good management contribute to the smooth functioning of the team.

Being born in Pakistan, Nida brings the advantage of being multilingual to her role. She is fluent in both English and Urdu, with proficient reading and writing skills in both languages. This linguistic proficiency enables her to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues, ensuring clear and accurate information exchange.

Outside of work, Nida enjoys various activities that bring joy and relaxation to her life. She has a love for shopping, indulges in watching movies from both Bollywood and Hollywood, and cherishes spending quality time with her family, particularly her nephew.

Nida's commitment to her role, combined with her multilingual abilities, organizational skills, and genuine desire to assist others, make her a valuable asset to the Pentana Stanton team. Her dedication and enthusiasm contribute to the overall success of the firm and the satisfaction of its clients.

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Johanna Azzi

Johanna is a valuable member of the Pentana Stanton team, serving as a diligent and dedicated Legal Assistant. She completed her Associate Degree of Legal Practice at RMIT in 2020, laying a strong foundation for her career in the legal profession.

Joining our team of Legal Assistants in 2022, Johanna has quickly established herself as a reliable and efficient support for her allocated team of lawyers. With her professional and focused approach, she assists in various legal tasks, particularly in the areas of family law and beyond. Johanna's Lebanese background and fluency in Arabic are an asset to our firm, allowing her to effectively communicate with our Arabic-speaking clients and provide them with the assistance they need.

Johanna is eager to further her experience and expertise in the legal field, embracing new challenges and opportunities for growth. She is committed to excelling in the legal industry and continually expanding her knowledge and skills.

Outside of her work at Pentana Stanton, Johanna finds joy in exploring new destinations through travel, indulging in the captivating world of movies, and cherishing quality time with her loved ones. These pursuits not only enrich her personal life but also contribute to her overall well-being, allowing her to bring a fresh perspective and positive energy to her role as a Legal Assistant.

Johanna is an invaluable asset to the Pentana Stanton team, demonstrating professionalism, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. With her diverse background, language proficiency, and passion for the legal profession, she is well-equipped to provide exceptional support to both her team and our clients. Johanna's enthusiasm for continuous growth and her ability to find joy in life's experiences make her a valued member of our team and a trusted resource for our clients.

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Nikita Wadia

Nikita is a dedicated Legal Assistant at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, bringing a wealth of knowledge and a strong passion for working with vulnerable clients. She holds an Honours degree in International Studies and a Master's degree in Human Rights Law, both obtained from Monash University.

Prior to joining Pentana Stanton, Nikita gained valuable experience by interning and volunteering with community organizations in the non-profit sector. Her work focused on supporting women, multicultural communities, refugees, and asylum seekers. This experience has shaped her deep commitment to working with vulnerable clients and has sparked her interest in integrating her legal expertise with the humanitarian sector.

Joining the Legal Assistants team in 2022, Nikita is based in the Dandenong Office. She quickly adapted to the fast-paced and dynamic environment of a law firm, demonstrating diligence and efficiency in assisting her allocated team of solicitors. Working closely with them on a daily basis is a highlight of her role. Nikita also collaborates with her fellow Legal Assistants, providing comprehensive administrative support. Having lived in Dubai and India in the past, Nikita appreciates and embraces her diverse personal background, finding inspiration in the friendly, supportive, and creative atmosphere at Pentana Stanton Lawyers.

Outside of work, Nikita indulges in a unique blend of old and new interests. She has a diverse taste in music, enjoying a wide variety of genres. Her love for movies extends to classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood, while she also has a soft spot for all things Disney. Nikita finds relaxation and joy in going to the beach, exploring antiquities, delving into documentaries about Ancient Egypt, and finding inspiration in the interior house designs of the affluent.

Nikita's dedication to her role, combined with her passion for working with vulnerable clients and her eclectic personal interests, makes her an invaluable member of the Pentana Stanton team. Her strong work ethic, collaborative spirit, and diverse background contribute to the firm's commitment to excellence and client satisfaction.

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Mackenzie Rapson

Mackenzie is a valuable Legal Assistant at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, bringing a wealth of knowledge and a positive attitude to her role. She completed her training at Chisholm Institute, obtaining a Diploma of Justice.

Joining the Legal Assistants team in Dandenong in 2022, Mackenzie quickly proved herself to be an invaluable member of the workforce. With her proactive and helpful approach, she provides essential support to her allocated team of lawyers, assisting with various legal tasks across a wide range of practice areas, including family law and beyond.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Mackenzie finds joy in her personal pursuits. She delights in playing with her dog, which brings her a sense of happiness and companionship. Mackenzie also enjoys shopping, cherishing the time spent with her loved ones, whether it's with friends or family members. Additionally, she has a fascination with sharks and finds intrigue in crime shows, exploring the mysterious world of criminal investigations.

Mackenzie's positive attitude, dedication to her role, and diverse interests make her a valuable asset to the Pentana Stanton team. Her proactive nature and willingness to assist contribute to the firm's commitment to delivering exceptional service to clients.

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Rozeb Vohra

Rozeb Vohra is a driven Legal Assistant at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, whose passion for the legal profession is being honed through academic and practical experience. Currently pursuing his Bachelor of Law degree at RMIT University, Rozeb is in the final year of his studies and is excited to be putting his knowledge to the test at one of Melbourne's respected law firms.
Fascinated by the way laws and regulations shape society, Rozeb knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in the field. After completing his high school education, Rozeb enrolled in RMIT University to pursue his Bachelor of Law degree. Throughout his time at RMIT, Rozeb has developed a deep understanding of the legal system and its complexities, allowing him to approach his work at Pentana with confidence and expertise.
In 2023, Rozeb began his journey with Pentana Stanton Lawyers as a Legal Assistant. Since then, he has been working alongside the firm's experienced lawyers to gain practical knowledge and experience in various areas of the law. Through his work with Pentana, Rozeb has gained a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the legal system and the day-to-day realities of practicing law. He has found his time at the firm to be invaluable and is grateful for the opportunity to learn from numerous and skilled legal minds in the industry.
Outside of his work at Pentana, Rozeb is an avid combat sports enthusiast. He has been involved in various forms of combat sports for several years, and has developed a deep passion for the discipline and focus required to succeed in these sports. In addition to his love of combat sports, Rozeb is also an active member of a local wrestling club. He finds the physical and mental challenges of wrestling to be an excellent way to stay in shape and to clear his mind after a long day at work.
Looking ahead, Rozeb is excited to continue his work with Pentana Stanton Lawyers and to further his expertise in the field of Family and Commercial Law. He believes that Family and Commercial Law are areas of the law that have a profound impact on people's lives, and is committed to helping clients navigate the legal system with compassion and understanding. He hopes to one day become a Family and Commercial Lawyer himself, and is currently working hard to achieve this goal.
In conclusion, Rozeb Vohra is a talented and dedicated Legal Assistant at Pentana Stanton Lawyers and his passion for the legal profession stands out strongly. Whether he is working with clients or pursuing his passion for combat sports, Rozeb brings a unique blend of skill, determination, and compassion to everything he does. With his developing understanding of the legal system and his commitment to excellence, Rozeb is an invaluable member of the Pentana team.

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Alen Sale Tovio

Alen is a valued member of the Pentana Stanton team, serving as a dedicated Legal Assistant. He plays an essential role in our City Office, supporting our lawyers and contributing to the smooth operation of our legal services.

With his attention to detail and strong organizational skills, Alen assists in various legal tasks, ensuring that matters are handled efficiently and effectively. His ability to manage multiple responsibilities and work collaboratively with his colleagues makes him an asset to our team.

Alen is passionate about the legal field and is always eager to expand his knowledge and skills. He actively seeks opportunities for professional development, staying up-to-date with the latest legal developments and industry trends. His commitment to continuous learning enables him to provide informed and valuable support to our clients.

Outside of his work at Pentana Stanton, Alen enjoys staying active and pursuing his interests. Whether it's engaging in sports activities, exploring new hobbies, or spending time with family and friends, he finds balance and fulfillment in his personal life.

Alen's dedication, organizational abilities, and passion for the legal profession make him a valuable member of the Pentana Stanton team. With his contributions, we are able to deliver high-quality legal services to our clients in our City Office. Alen's commitment to professional growth and his well-rounded approach to life contribute to the positive and collaborative atmosphere at our firm.

With a passion for law and a drive for excellence, Alen has embarked on an exciting journey towards a successful legal career. Currently in his 4th year of Law School, Alen's dedication and thirst for knowledge make him a valuable asset to our team. Joining our esteemed Legal Assistants team in Melbourne in 2023, Alen has quickly established himself as an indispensable member of our workforce.

Alen's caring and helpful attitude sets him apart, as he diligently assists our solicitors with a wide range of legal tasks. His expertise extends across a broad spectrum of family law and other areas, where his keen focus on learning and teamwork shine.

When he's not immersed in legal matters, you can find Alen on the basketball court, showcasing his skills and enjoying the thrill of the game. Alen also cherishes quality time with his family, nurturing the bonds that are important to him. As a sports enthusiast, Alen follows Super Rugby. He also loves cars and enjoys making modifications to his own vehicle.

With a bright future ahead, Alen continues to excel in his legal studies while making significant contributions to Pentana Stanton Lawyers. His unwavering dedication, combined with his friendly demeanor and versatile skills, make him an invaluable member of our team.

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Shipra Malhotra

Shipra Malhotra is a highly capable Legal Assistant at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, based in our City Office. Shipra plays a crucial role in supporting our legal team and ensuring the efficient operation of our services.

With a keen eye for detail and excellent organizational skills, Shipra efficiently manages various legal tasks, contributing to the smooth handling of matters. Her ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and collaborate effectively with colleagues makes her an invaluable asset to our team.

Shipra's passion for the legal field drives her to continuously expand her knowledge and skills. She actively seeks opportunities for professional development, staying updated on the latest legal developments and industry trends. Her commitment to continuous learning enables her to provide informed and valuable support to our clients.

Beyond her work at Pentana Stanton, Shipra enjoys maintaining an active and fulfilling personal life. Whether it's engaging in sports activities, pursuing personal interests, or spending quality time with loved ones, she finds balance and fulfillment outside of the office.

In conclusion, Shipra's dedication, organizational prowess, and passion for the legal profession make her an exceptional member of the Pentana Stanton team. Through her contributions, we are able to provide high-quality legal services to our clients in the City Office. Shipra's commitment to professional growth and her well-rounded approach to life contribute to the positive and collaborative environment at our firm.

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Lakshi Piyathilake

Lakshi Piyathilake is a skilled member of the Accounting department at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, bringing a strong background in accounting and financial expertise to her role. Lakshi successfully completed her Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, providing her with a solid foundation in financial principles and practices.

Prior to joining our team, Lakshi gained valuable experience working as an Accounts Assistant at R&G Doylce in 2018, where she demonstrated her proficiency in financial management and analysis. She then served as a Graduate Accountant at PG Martin Financial Consultants from 2019 to 2021, further honing her skills in accounting and financial advisory.

In addition to her financial knowledge, Lakshi is fluent in Sinhalese, both spoken and written. This linguistic ability allows her to effectively communicate and provide support to Sinhalese-speaking clients, ensuring they feel understood and represented.

Lakshi's love for travel and socializing with people adds to her vibrant personality. She enjoys exploring new destinations, immersing herself in different cultures, and connecting with individuals from diverse backgrounds. This passion for travel and social interaction enhances her ability to build rapport and establish strong relationships with clients and colleagues alike.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Lakshi engages in various social activities, seeking opportunities to connect with others and broaden her horizons. Her outgoing nature and genuine interest in people contribute to her ability to provide exceptional client service and maintain positive professional relationships.

Lakshi Piyathilake's combination of financial expertise, language proficiency, and sociable nature make her a valuable asset to the Pentana Stanton team. Her dedication to providing outstanding legal support, coupled with her passion for connecting with people, ensures that clients receive personalized and attentive assistance. Lakshi's commitment to professional growth, coupled with her love for travel and socializing, makes her a well-rounded and highly respected member of the Accounting team.

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Uththara (Tara) Karunanayaka

Uththara (Tara) Karunanayaka is a skilled member of the accounting department at Pentana Stanton Lawyers. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Charles Stuart University, which has equipped her with a strong foundation in financial principles and practices.

In addition to her academic achievements, Tara has completed the H & R Block Tax Course in 2021, further enhancing her expertise in tax planning and compliance. Her comprehensive knowledge in taxation enables her to provide valuable guidance and assistance to clients in navigating complex tax matters.

Tara's fluency in Sinhalese, both written and spoken, allows her to effectively communicate and connect with Sinhalese-speaking clients. This linguistic proficiency ensures that clients feel comfortable and understood throughout the accounting and taxation process.

Outside of her professional commitments, Tara is a dedicated mother of two. She values quality time with her family and cherishes the experiences they share together. Her love for travel and exploring the world allows her to immerse herself in different cultures and gain a broader perspective, enriching her understanding of diverse financial landscapes.

Tara's passion for accounting, coupled with her devotion to her family and love for travel, make her a well-rounded individual. She brings a unique blend of technical expertise, cultural awareness, and a personal touch to her work at Pentana Stanton Lawyers. Her commitment to providing exceptional service and her genuine interest in helping clients achieve their financial goals contribute to her success as a respected member of the accounting team.

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Bojana Zivak

Bojana Zivak is a skilled professional at Pentana Stanton Lawyers, specializing in accounting and financial management. With a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Swinburne University of Technology, she brings a solid foundation in financial principles and practices.

Bojana has extensive accounting and financial experience in various industries, including insurance, construction, and entertainment. Her diverse background enables her to navigate industry-specific challenges and provide tailored solutions.

Fluent in Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian, Bojana effectively communicates with clients from diverse backgrounds, ensuring clear understanding throughout the process.

Outside of work, Bojana is a dedicated mother of two and enjoys traveling with her family. Her love for exploring new destinations and immersing herself in different cultures enhances her understanding of the global financial landscape.

Bojana's technical expertise, cultural awareness, and commitment to exceptional service make her a valued member of the accounting team at Pentana Stanton Lawyers.

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