Public Liability, Practice Group Leader
Ikenna (Ike) Nwokolo is a Senior Lawyer and Practice group Leader in the Public Liability department where he has worked for over 20 years since graduating from Melbourne University in 1994.
During his career, Ike has been involved in many successful high profile and precedent setting cases. Ike has a reputation as a fierce litigator and someone who leaves no stone unturned to achieve the best outcome for his clients.
Ike has been involved in complex cases involving people who have suffered traumatic and often catastrophic injuries.
Some notable and successful cases Ike has been involved in include acting for:
- The family of a 4yr old girl who was mauled to death by a pitbull dog
- A young woman who suffered paraplegia when she fell out of a window at a university college
- The family of a young man (under a disability) who died when he choked on a balloon while left unsupervised at a respite centre
- The family of a young man who died as a result of being assaulted by a bouncer at a nightclub
- A teenager who suffered severe psychological injury from being bullied at school despite numerous complaints being made to the school
- A young man who had his leg amputated as a result of a gliding accident
- Public Liability cases involving catastrophic and severe psychological injuries
- Product Liability cases involving serious injuries sustained as a result of defective products.
2004 - Appointed partner
1996 - Commenced work in Public Liability Department
1994 - 1996 Worked on Ok Tedi environmental Damage case representing 40,000 land owners whose river was polluted due to mining operations in Papua New Guinea.
1994 - Joined Slater and Gordon as an articled Clerk.
Professional Qualifications and Admissions
- 2009 Admitted High Court of Australia
- 1995 Admitted Supreme Court of Victoria
- 1994 Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
Memberships and associations
- Law Institute of Victoria
Ike is a strong advocate of the firm within the wider community. He not only annually plans, executes, and represents the firm at the African Music and Cultural Festival in Melbourne. He is also a board member of AMES Australia and a member of the African Community Leadership Forum, both of which provide invaluable assistance to refugees, new migrants, and other diverse cultural groups within Australia
He is co-founder and Vice President of the Incubate Foundation - an organisation set up to mentor and create employment pathways for African Australian youth. He is the immediate past president of the Nigerian Society of Victoria and a past mentor of postgraduate law students at Melbourne University.
Ike is very community focused and is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to reach their full potential so that they may, in turn, inspire and empower others and give back to the communities in which they live.
In recognition of his work and contribution within the community, Ike was awarded the 2015 Slater and Gordon Chair Award.