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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 & Operations Manager

Renee is a Partner and leads the Property and Commercial team in the Brisbane office. She advises in complex property transactions with comprehensive experience in residential conveyancing, off-the-plan developments, and retail and commercial leasing. 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.

With over 12 years’ experience in the legal industry in both top tier firms and boutique firms, Renee holds expertise across a broad range of practice areas including employment law, wills and estates, family law, planning and environment litigation, commercial law and property law. She also advises on corporate restructures of multinational and domestic companies, commercial transactional projects, joint venture agreements, and loan and finance agreements.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Laws and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

David Chen
Position
Partner

David is a Partner in DSS Law’s Litigation team. He has over 10 years of experience practising 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.

Lee McCallum
Position
Special Counsel

Lee holds Bachelor degrees in both law and business. 

Prior to embarking on a legal career, she was a Communications Sailor in the Royal Australian Navy where she completed both active duty and peacekeeping deployments.

With over 11 years’ experience in the law, Lee has achieved outstanding results for her clients by employing her uniquely pragmatic approach to complex legal problems.

Lee specialises in institutional sexual abuse, workplace accidents, catastrophic injuries and motor vehicle claims.

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.

Joseph Murphy
Position
Solicitor

Joseph is a Solicitor within the DSS Law Litigation team. He graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Laws in 2017 and was admitted in February 2018.

Joseph has experience in commercial matters from incorporation and restructure to administration and insolvency. He prides himself on his ability to communicate issues and advice clearly and succinctly.

Joseph also works in criminal law and has represented clients in all Queensland Courts for charges varying between fraud, assault and drug charges.

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.

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
Graduate

Robert is a Graduate in our Melbourne office with experience in commercial matters, civil litigation and insolvency. Since joining DSS Law in July 2016, Robert has been able to quickly adapt to the DSS Law adage of ‘clients first’ ensuring he delivers excellent client service on every matter. He holds bachelor degrees in both Laws and Business from the Queensland University of Technology and hopes to be admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria upon completion of his Practical Legal Training certification.

Jake Magee
Position
Graduate

Jake is a Graduate 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, and will be admitted as a solicitor in 2019.

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.

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.

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.