Current Councillors

Below are profiles of the ten Councillors who do not currently hold Office Bearer positions. Members of the Executive Council who are not Office Bearers are elected for a term of two years and must participate in and/or chair at least one Committee during their term.

Raymon Anderson

Raymon is a Senior Associate in the litigation team at Makinson d'Apice Lawyers. He has previously held positions such as Secretary of NSW Young Lawyers, Vice Chair and Chair of the CLE Committee, Vice Chair and CLE representative to the Property Law Committee and sat on the Law Society Indigenous Issues Committee and Ethics Committee. He has contributed to many award winning NSW Young Lawyers publications and events and has previously been nominated for NSW Young Lawyer of the Year.

Raymon is passionate about empowering members to be involved, supported and encouraged in NSW Young Lawyers at whatever level is right for them. Having come through mental health/wellness issues in the past personally and with friends, colleagues and family, Raymon believes there is no place for stigma about these issues in the legal profession. Raymon wishes to be involved with events on life skills, career training, health and wellbeing and mental resilience. He hopes also to improve accessibility to information, programs and interaction through the use of technology so an increasing number of members have access to programs and have a safe environment to share and discuss the challenges they face.

In addition to his law degree, Raymon holds a Medical Science degree and a preliminary certificate in Theology.

Raymon’s other passions include his 1972 turbo mini, going to the beach, looking after his pet snake and embarrassing himself on the dance floor and at karaoke.

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Simon Bruck

Simon is a Senior Solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) which is a community legal centre working for the rights of people seeker asylum. At NSW Young Lawyers, Simon holds the position of Vice Chair of the Human Rights Committee.

Simon co-coordinated the Refugee Assistance Project which assisted a proportion of people seeking asylum in New South Wales to meet their protection visa lodgement deadlines. This project won the 2016 and 2017 NSW Young Lawyers Patron Awards for Best Community Project and the 2017 Australian Young Lawyer Organisation Award from the Law Council of Australia.

As an Executive Councillor for NSW Young Lawyers, Simon wants to focus on improving the facilitation of committee led events and projects, and promoting access to justice and law reform.

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Svetlana Collantes 

Svetlana is an Associate in the Class Action and General Litigation team at Levitt Robinson Solicitors.

Her previous experience extends to working as a Consulting Lawyer in the Aviation Team at Carneys Lawyers and as an Evidence Specialist at Dodkin McBride Litigation Support.

Svetlana is the Immediate Past Chair of the Business Law Committee and has been the Young Lawyers representative on the Law Society Business Law Committee for the past two and a half years.

In addition to her Postgraduate Law Degree, Svetlana holds a Masters of Law (Corporate and Commercial Law).

Svetlana is enthusiastic and passionate about mentoring and supporting law students, graduates and young lawyers, and encourages them to be actively involved in NSW Young Lawyers. Having mostly worked in Insurance Litigation her entire legal career, Svetlana is familiar with the pressures and stressful environments in the legal profession. Due to the increasing number of young lawyers and law students who today suffer from Depression or some form of mental illness, Svetlana has introduced the Well-Being Discussion into the monthly NSW Young Lawyers Business Law Committee meetings to allow a 'safe' forum for young lawyers and law students to speak openly about the difficulties and challenges they face and to discuss self-help tools to manage stress and low self-esteem.

In her spare time, Svetlana also enjoys travelling, going to the beach, dancing and catching up with friends and family.

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David Edney

David is a senior associate at William James Lawyers in Pyrmont, practicing principally in the areas of commercial litigation and insolvency law.

David was elected as an Executive Councillor in November 2017, and is also the Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee, having held that position since March 2017. David has been an active member of that committee since 2008, was a General Delegate from the committee in 2014, and its Secretary from 2015 until his appointment as Chair. David is also a mentor in the NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Program.

Admitted to practice in 2007, David began his legal career in the commercial litigation and debt collection practice of a firm in Sydney's Sutherland Shire. While he had a supportive boss and loved his job, he sought out and joined the Civil Litigation Committee in 2008 as a way to be in contact with other young lawyers at a similar stage in their careers. After spending a number of years posting in just about every discussion that occurred on the committee's email list, he managed to convince his boss to let him take the two-hour round trip into the city to attend the committee's monthly meeting - he hasn't looked back since.

While David now works closer to the CBD, he hasn't forgotten his smaller-firm suburban roots, and how his involvement with NSW Young Lawyers helped him build confidence and connections so that he could become the lawyer he is today. He especially supports NSW Young Lawyers' work in helping today's graduates and junior practitioners to become tomorrow's leaders of the profession - not only through direct support such as mentoring programs, but also indirectly through its committees that assist members to build networks and stay engaged within the profession. David intends to use his time on the Executive Council to continue supporting NSW Young Lawyers' work in that respect, especially in suburban and regional areas, so that others can have the opportunities he had.

When David isn't in the office his passion is cooking, especially in the backyard. He is known for his smoked brisket and bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, and insists people ask him about his recipe for haggis-stuffed chicken.

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Dannielle Ford

Dannielle is an Associate at Cheney Suthers Lawyers in Orange. She was previously the Regional Delegate for the Central West. Dannielle was elected to the Executive Council at the 2016 Annual Assembly.

Dannielle practises primarily in the areas of criminal and traffic law, personal injury litigation, estate planning and will making, claims involving wills and estates, family law and conveyancing. Her experience in dispute resolution spans the length of her career, in areas including personal injury, estate and will disputes and family law.

Dannielle’s aim is to give further insight to rural and regional issues for young lawyers and to bridge the gap between city and country. She will also continue to engage inactive members to help grow the membership of NSW Young Lawyers.

Outside of the law Dannielle enjoys spending time with her family and experiencing the Central West’s award winning food and wine.

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Melissa Mastronardi

Melissa is a Senior Associate at Duffy Elliott Lawyers in Dubbo. She was admitted to practice in 2010 and has worked exclusively as a family law solicitor since January 2011.

Melissa has been involved with NSW Young Lawyers since 2011. She is the current Chair of the BushWeb Regional Issues Committee. She is a former Vice-Chair of BushWeb Regional Issues Committee, Regional Delegate for South West Slopes and Regional Delegate for Orana. In 2016 Melissa was nominated for the NSW Young Lawyer of the Year.

Melissa was raised in Dubbo and, after studying in Canberra and practising in Wagga Wagga, returned to Dubbo in 2014. Melissa is passionate about supporting and engaging regional and rural young lawyers. Melissa developed the Guide to Living and Working in the Orana Region to assist young lawyers transitioning to life in the Central West.

As a regional family lawyer Melissa is also focused on improving family law services for regional clients. Melissa has been the Dubbo Representative to the Regional Committee of the Family Law Section since December 2015.

Outside of work Melissa enjoys quilting, history, spending time with her family and friends and is an avid supporter of the Sydney Roosters.

Email Melissa, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Samuel Murray

Samuel is a Law Graduate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, and was formerly the tipstaff to Justice Sackville and Justice Emmett of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours I) from the University of Sydney, where he placed in the top five of his graduating cohort. During university, Samuel was heavily involved in debating and legal advocacy competitions, including the 2015 International Law Jessup Moot in which his team placed first internationally.

Samuel is currently the Constitutional Law Co-Coordinator of the Public Law and Government Committeeof NSW Young Lawyers, and has previously been a General Delegate and Student Representative for the Criminal Law Committee. In 2015, on behalf of the Criminal Law Committee, he founded and coordinated the 'Day in the Life of a Criminal Lawyer' program. That program subsequently won the 2015 NSW Young Lawyers Patron's Award for Best Professional Project and the 2016 Australian Young Lawyer Organisation Award by the Law Council of Australia. He has also been active in contributing to law reform submissions by NSW Young Lawyers, and founded and coordinated the ‘Day in the Life of a Civil Litigator’ program. In 2016, Samuel received the Highly Commended Award for NSW Young Lawyer of the Year.

Samuel wants his time as an Executive Councillor for NSW Young Lawyers to be focused on supporting and resourcing the committees, meaningfully engaging law students with the opportunities provided by the organisation, and continuing the vital submissions and law reform work of NSW Young Lawyers with the aim of protecting the marginalised and vulnerable in society.

Samuel’s passions outside of work include fiction writing, political debate, the theatre, and arguing about the Australian Constitution.

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Richard Prangell

Richard Prangell is the Principal Solicitor at Viridian Lawyers, a boutique law firm that works with startups, technology companies and innovators.

Richard is presently the Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Communications, Entertainment and Technology Law Committee, and has been a member of that committee since 2011.

Richard was elected to the Executive Council in 2016, and his focus on council is on improving engagement with NSW Young Lawyers through innovation, and by working to improve delivery of services to members.

Richard grew up in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney, and outside of work, reads too many comic books, plays too few video games and binges on podcasts whenever he finds a moment of silence.

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James Skelton

James is a member of Swaab Attorneys' commercial and intellectual property practice with a focus on the commercialisation of intellectual property rights, business advice and brand protection strategies. He also has significant experience as the in-house counsel to a large not-for-profit membership based organisation.

James was named the 2017 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia for his work on wellbeing and diversity in the legal profession and won the 2017 Lawyers Weekly "30 Under 30" Award for commercial law in Australia.

Having been an active member of NSW Young Lawyers since 2013, James has coordinated numerous submissions for the Communications, Entertainment and Technology Committee, which have been well regarded by both government and industry bodies. Some key areas of interest have been copyright reform in the digital age, serious invasions of privacy and changes to the innovation patent system in Australia. James is an advocate for positive wellbeing and strong mental health in the profession, and is keen to increase membership engagement across a number of practice areas and geographic regions.

James holds a Bachelor of International Studies and Juris Doctor from UNSW.

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Jade Tyrrell

Jade is the 2017 Tipstaff to the Hon. Justice Slattery at the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She will be commencing work as a lawyer with Carroll & O’Dea in 2018.

She is also the Secretary of the Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee and looks forward to expanding the work of the Committee in the next few years, including overseeing the continuation of the successful “Day in the Life of a Civil Litigator Program” and the assisting with the introduction of new initiatives.

Prior to her Tipstaff role, she worked as a solicitor in the Commercial and Project Litigation team at Slater + Gordon from July 2015. In this role, Jade worked on a range of commercial matters in both Federally and State courts, and has acted for a number of clients in compulsory acquisition cases.

Jade was admitted as a solicitor in February 2015.

In addition to her commercial litigation experience, Jade's background in employment law has allowed her to represent a range of clients in general protections disputes, unfair dismissals, redundancy matters, restraints of trade, workplace bullying cases, and matters involving workplace harassment and discrimination.

Overall, Jade has gained experience in matters heard before various courts and tribunals including the Fair Work Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Local Court and Supreme Court of New South Wales and both the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court of Australia. She has experience briefing and instructing Junior and Senior Counsel.

Jade graduated from UTS in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism). During her time at university, she gained valuable experience in communication and leadership as editor of the student magazine Vertigo, and in her role as the 2012 UTS Student Representative Council (SRC) President. She also served as a student representative on various boards and committees including the UTS Academic Board.

Jade is looking forward to working with the Young Lawyers Executive team to support the excellent policies and projects of Young Lawyers in the years to come.

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