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Our highly skilled and experienced lawyers are known for their personal approach and their commitment to building long-term, trusted relationships with our clients.  We believe our lawyers’ focus on delivering excellent client service and providing customised legal solutions is what sets us apart from other firms.

David Sorban

Position
Managing Director

David is the Legal Practice Director for DSS Law. He  holds Bachelor Degrees in both Law and Business and has over 17 years’ experience in the legal industry. David specialises in commercial litigation and property law including both retail and commercial leasing, as well as corporate structures and commercial matters. He uses his extensive expertise in these areas of law to provide high quality, commercially focused legal advice that is tailored to his clients’ individual needs. He is known for his personal approach and his ability to build trusted, long-term relationships with his clients.

Ben Skinner

Position
Partner

Ben has over 12 years' experience in the legal industry including as a founder and owner of a Melbourne based boutique legal practice.

Before joining DSS Law, Ben previously worked at a top tier London firm and provided legal services in many other jurisdictions, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Brazil.

Ben's expertise is primarily in Insolvency and Commercial Litigation. He also provides advice and representation to commercial clients and individuals in relation to high level transactional and commercial matters.

Having commenced law at a young age, Ben uses his youthful approach to make his clients feel at ease within the legal system and always looks for the most straight forward, cost-effective solution to achieve the optimal outcome for his clients.

Renee Pappagallo

Position
Partner

Renee is a Partner and leads the Property and Commercial team in the Brisbane office. With more than 12 years’ experience in the legal industry in both top tier firms and boutique firms, Renee has advised national property developers on all facets of commercial, retail, industrial and residential property including option agreements, joint ventures, community titles scheme matters and body corporate management, off-the-plan developments, and leasing.

Renee also advises clients in employment law, wills and estates, family law, planning and environment litigation, commercial law and property law. Her astute ability to deliver concise legal solutions within a reactive deadline, commercial insight and strategic approach are highly regarded among long-standing clientele of the firm and enable her to provide innovative legal solutions that deliver commercially driven outcomes for her clients.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Southern Queensland, and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia.

David Chen

Position
Partner

David is a Partner in the Litigation team in the Brisbane office. He has over 10 years of experience practicing predominantly in the areas of general commercial litigation, personal and corporate insolvency, corporate restructuring and property law. He is focused on providing practical advice aimed at reaching commercial resolutions of disputes by adopting a common sense approach to legal proceedings. His clientele include individuals, businesses from various industries, private companies, liquidators and trustees.

Amy Weiner

Position
Senior Associate

Amy is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Insolvency team based in Melbourne.

Amy has a broad litigation practice encompassing complex commercial and insolvency litigation. She advises liquidators, voluntary administrators, receivers and secured creditors as well as corporate and individual clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Amy is an accomplished advocate, having represented clients in numerous high profile matters. She regularly appears in all Victorian jurisdictions, in addition to appearing and/or instructing in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.

She is committed to achieving her client’s commercial objectives while building trusting relationships.

Teora Bombek

Position
Senior Associate

Teora is a Senior Associate in our Property and Commercial team in the Brisbane office. With several years’ experience in property and commercial law, Teora advises clients on a wide range of matters including joint venture agreements, retail and commercial leasing, trademarks, business acquisitions and sales, business terms and conditions, and franchise and commercial agreements. In particular, Teora provides strategic advice on leasing and restructuring in the retail, industrial and commercial sectors on behalf of landlords, tenants and financiers.

A creative problem solver, Teora is highly skilled at planning asset protection strategies for both individuals and companies and has created a variety of company structures to meet her clients’ personal and business needs. With extensive experience in commercial and regulatory environments, Teora practices with a strong focus on negotiation, drafting and reviewing complex corporate and commercial legal documents in local and international jurisdictions.

With a particular interest for intellectual property law, Teora advises on protection of trademarks and copyright, intellectual property disputes and trademark infringement. Working in partnership with her clients to provide a commercially beneficial outcome for their business objectives, Teora delivers strategic advice on selection, filing, prosecution and enforcement of trademarks across a diverse range of industries.

Teora holds a Bachelor of Laws and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Matthias Klepper

Position
Associate

Matthias was admitted as a legal practitioner in October 2016 and works in DSS Law’s Litigation team. He primarily deals with commercial and insolvency based matters and is well versed in civil litigation and debt recovery. Matthias likes to take a straight forward approach when dealing with clients to ensure that results are obtained in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Bek Cetinkaya

Position
Solicitor

Bek is a Solicitor in DSS Law’s national Litigation team and is based in the Melbourne office. He specialises exclusively in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters and is experienced in both minor and complex litigious matters, with a particular interest in contractual disputes as well as insolvency. He has acted for various clients in the insolvency sphere as well as directors and company officers in ASIC investigations.

Bek joined the DSS Law team in 2018 and works closely with Partner, Ben Skinner. Together, they offer a commercially minded and ‘big picture’ approach to servicing their litigation clients, aiming to resolve disputes efficiently and in a cost effective manner.

Jake Magee

Position
Solicitor

Jake is a Solicitor in the Property and Commercial team in our Brisbane office. With exposure across a diverse range of property and commercial matters, Jake has experience in providing pre-contractual advice for residential and commercial transactions, business sales and purchases, preparation of property development legal documentation (including off-the-plan contracts and disclosure documentation), lease negotiations and disputes, corporate restructures and trademarks. Jake graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology in 2018.

Caitlin Ferguson

Position
Solicitor

Caitlin is a Solicitor in the Property and Commercial team in the Brisbane office. Caitlin assists with a diverse range of matters and provides pre-contractual advice for residential and commercial transactions, company restructures, business sales and purchases, planning and environment appeals and disputes, family provision claims, property and financial settlements for family law, and wills and estates. Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Business and Laws (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Robert Carter

Position
Solicitor

Rob is a solicitor in the Litigation team in the Melbourne office. With a background in commercial litigation and insolvency matters, Rob has acted for a diverse range of national corporate and individual clients across all Victorian and Federal jurisdictions. Rob has experience with litigation matters involving disputes between shareholders and/or shareholders, contractual disputes, and corporate re-structuring.

An astute ability to provide pragmatic advice with commercial acumen, Rob understands the litigation process can be a challenging time for clients, and endeavours to provide transparency to his clientele throughout the duration of the matter. Rob holds a Bachelor of Law and Business from the Queensland University of Technology, and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Nik Jankovic

Position
Solicitor

Nik is a solicitor within the Personal Injury team based in our Brisbane office. With prior experience in the building and construction industry, Nik has a firm understanding of the value in building strong client relationships to deliver effective outcomes for his clientele.

Nik holds demonstrated experience in advising his clients across a variety of personal injuries matters, including: institutionalised sexual abuse, motor vehicle accidents and work place injury matters.

Adopting a firm commitment to maximising the best possible outcome for his clients, Nik takes a collaborative approach with his clients to provide pragmatic and timely legal advice to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. Nik has practiced exclusively in personal injury law since his admission, and understands that litigation can often be an intimidating and anxious time for his clientele. Nik endeavours to be transparent in his communication to clients, and approaches each matter with a sense of empathy and understanding to ensure his clients are comfortable throughout the claims process.

Nik holds a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Bob Bao

Position
Solicitor

Bob is a Solicitor in the DSS Law Personal Injuries team based in our Brisbane office. He assists with a diverse range of matters and provides advice in relation to compensation for work place injuries, motor vehicle accidents and institutional abuse. Bob delivers pragmatic advice in order to achieve the optimal outcomes for his clients. Bob holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University, and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Dakoda Obah

Position
Graduate

Dakoda is a Graduate in the Personal Injury Team at DSS Law. Dakoda has experience in legal costing and personal injury law, including Motor Vehicle Accidents, Public Liability Claims, Workplace Injuries and Institutional Abuse.

Dakoda is passionate about protecting her client’s rights and prides herself on achieving the best possible outcome for each and every one one of her clients. Dakoda understands and appreciates that the process for making a personal injury claim can be challenging and emotional for her clients and therefore strives to make her client’s experience as smooth and simple streamlined as possible.

Dakoda holds a Bachelor of Laws from CQ University, is currently studying a Diploma of Legal Practice with College of Law Queensland, and is seeking to be admitted as a solicitor in February 2021.

Rosse Eckl

Position
Paralegal / Conveyancer

Rosse is an experienced Paralegal and works on all aspects of conveyancing matters including residential, commercial and off-the-plan contracts. She commenced her career within the legal industry in 1980 and since that time has worked in various positions within the commercial sector. Her previous experience working with large financial institutions in their lending departments has given her a broad understanding of her clients’ conveyancing needs. With an integral focus on customer service, Rosse delivers an efficient conveyancing process for her clients’ personal and business transactions.

Saskia Gude

Position
Paralegal

Saskia is a Paralegal at DSS Law. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) at Queensland University of Technology with an expectation to graduate in mid-2021. She plans to undertake her Practical Legal Training and be admitted by the end of 2021.

Saskia is based in the Litigation team and assists the solicitors in a variety of routine and non-routine matters, including civil and commercial litigation, debt recovery and contractual disputes.

Thomas Klepper

Position
Paralegal

Thomas is a Paralegal within the Litigation team at DSS Law and is currently studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Business at QUT with an expectation to graduate in 2020.

Prior to joining DSS Law, Thomas worked for a Community Legal Clinic as well as a boutique litigation firm in areas of civil and commercial litigation, where he gained a strong sense for practical and outcome-focused advocacy. At DSS Law, Thomas' assiduity and lateral thinking assist the Litigation team in complex matters as well as in the day-to-day management of files.