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Slater and Gordon is proud to congratulate six of its lawyers who have been named as finalists in the 14th Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Awards.

Joanne Panagakis (MVA - Melbourne) has been nominated for the Accredited Specialist Achievement Award and first-year lawyer Bridie Walsh (Medical Negligence - Melbourne) is in the running for the Top 10 Rising Stars award.

Rory Walsh (Class Actions - Melbourne) is vying for the Access to Justice Award and Alisha Muscara (Workers Compensation - Epping) will contend for the Suburban Lawyer of the Year prize. While Tom Burgoyne (MVA – Geelong) and Fleur Jackson (Workers Compensation - Bendigo) will be up for the Regional Lawyer of the Year Award.

As State Practice Group Leader and Accredited Specialist, Ms Panagakis has played a proactive and leading role in motor vehicle accident law for almost two decades. Through memberships on various committees, she has remained at the forefront of legislative and policy debates and is dedicated to achieving exceptional results for motorists.

Ms Walsh is a member of the Victorian Women Lawyers law reform committee and was integral in establishing a pro bono NDIS program at Slater and Gordon. In addition to her contribution to the asbestos and medical law teams, she recently had a case note published in Lexis Nexis. She is also a member of Richmond Football Club’s VFLW squad.

Practice Group Leader Rory Walsh led a team of nine lawyers and six barristers during last year’s Manus Island class action. This case included 1,700 asylum seekers receiving compensation for physical and psychological injuries suffered at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

Slater and Gordon Head of Class Actions and Industrial Ben Hardwick said Mr Walsh’s handling of the very complex and challenging Manus Island class action was the very definition of professionalism.

“Rory’s leadership, passion and execution of this matter was one of the clear reasons why Slater and Gordon and its clients achieved such a positive result,” Mr Hardwick said.

Associate Alisha Muscara is passionate about providing legal services in the firm’s growing Epping office, delivering exceptional and ongoing support to clients. Ms Muscara regularly promotes and works closely with junior-lawyers, paralegals and support staff, encouraging them to engage and grow.

Mr Burgoyne is a passionate advocate for Victorian motorists in the Geelong region and has always delivered outstanding results for those facing physical, emotional and financially tough times as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Ms Jackson is a dedicated litigator from central Victorian and is well known for her technical expertise and commitment to her clients.

Slater and Gordon Head of Personal Injury Victoria Law Dina Tutungi said it was amazing to have six lawyers in the running for awards.

Ms Tutungi highlighted that the high number of finalists was a reflection of the depth and breadth of talent, experience and expertise at Slater and Gordon and the firm’s commitment to developing its lawyers throughout all stages of their career.

“It is extremely pleasing to see the list of finalists, which is validation for the high standard and service we hold ourselves to every day,” Ms Tutungi said.

“We know how compassionate and professional our lawyers are, it’s great that they are recognised by the legal community.”

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony held at Shed 14 Docklands on Friday 18 May.

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