We are expert family lawyers with one common goal: to help you take back control of your life. This is our team.

Rebekah Dorter

Principal
BA (Psych) LLB
Nationally Accredited Mediator 

Rebekah is a highly respected and sought-after family lawyer in Sydney. Her 25-year track record of integrity, technical knowledge and negotiation skills make the difference in achieving a successful resolution.

Rebekah’s background in commercial law is an invaluable asset for complex disputes involving companies, partnerships and family businesses. She brings clarity and strategic thinking to what can often be a confusing and frustrating process.

As a psychology graduate and Nationally Accredited Mediator, Rebekah provides the acute conflict management expertise necessary to resolve property and parenting cases outside of the courtroom. Having Rebekah Dorter on your side is having an industry beacon looking after your best interest.

Rebekah also has extensive experience in matters concerning parental alienation, which is a serious allegation and requires expert advice to navigate. Rebekah is also a qualified Independent Children’s Lawyer.

Andrew Johnson

Partner
LLB B.Com (Distinction)
Accredited Specialist – Family Law

Andrew has worked in family law since 2012, most recently at a large national commercial firm. He has intimate experience and knowledge in complex parenting matters (including relocation and recovery orders, and issues of family violence), complex/high value property settlement matters and child support issues, including child support departure orders, departure prohibition orders and objections to decisions of the child support agency.

Andrew often appears in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He works with pre-eminent Counsel and Senior Counsel of leading family law barristers’ chambers, and has strong relationships with valuers, accountants and psychologists to deal with all issues facing his clients.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) with Distinction from the University of Wollongong. He also completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Christopher Palumbo

Senior Associate
LLB BBus&Com(ABL)
Accredited Specialist – Family Law

Christopher has expertise in advising clients on a wide range of issues arising from the breakdown of family relationships. Principally, Christopher’s expertise includes advising on complex/high value property settlement matters. Christopher also has experience in complex parenting matters and advising in relation to Child Support.

Christopher has worked exclusively in family law since 2013 and most recently as a Senior Associate at a large national commercial firm. Christopher has assisted clients with matters dealing with divorce, property division and parenting disputes arising from the breakdown of marital and de facto relationships.

Christopher is passionate about the family law jurisdiction. Christopher regularly appears for clients in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. He works with leading family law barristers and has developed strong relationships with valuers, accountants, and psychologists alike to assist clients to navigate the family law system. Christopher takes a pragmatic approach to the resolution of family law disputes and works hard to achieve the best outcomes possible for clients.

Christopher was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in December 2014. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Advanced Business Leadership) with a Sub-Major in Accounting.

Christopher is a Member of the New South Wales Law Society, a Member of the New South Wales Young Lawyers Family Law Committee and a Member of the Family Law Section.

Julie Cheung

Associate
LLB, BA with Distinction
(Philosophy & Sociology/Anthropology)

Julie is dedicated to providing high quality legal services and is passionate about supporting clients in all areas of family law. Having worked as the Associate and Deputy Associate to a Family Law Judge in the Federal Circuit Court for two years, Julie has invaluable insights into how to navigate the Court process. Her extensive knowledge of Court procedures and her sound understanding of judicial discretion come from her integral involvement in contested divorces, high conflict parenting, complex property and other jurisdictional matters. Clients benefit from Julie’s advice on what to expect from Court proceedings which puts them in a better position to make informed decisions about their family law disputes.

Julie graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2017 with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts with distinction and a philosophy major.

Lauren Sanderson

Associate
LLB (Western Sydney University)
B.Com (University of Technology Sydney)

 

Lauren graduated from Western Sydney University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Law. Lauren also holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) from the University of Technology Sydney. Lauren has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and has been admitted as a solicitor in NSW, as well as being admitted to the High Court roll of practitioners.

Lauren has worked as an Associate to a Family Law Judge and General Federal Law Judge in the Federal Circuit Court. Prior to working as an Associate, Lauren gained experience as a client officer at the National Enquiry Centre, assisting family law litigants to navigate Court procedure. As a result of her previous experience, Lauren has developed an extensive knowledge of Court practice and procedure. This sound understanding of Court procedure informs Lauren’s practical approach to family law disputes.

Prior to joining Dorter Family Lawyers, Lauren worked as a solicitor in a national commercial law firm in Sydney. During this time Lauren worked in Government litigation and regularly appeared in the Federal Circuit Court. Lauren’s experience in a commercial firm has helped her to develop a strategic and pragmatic approach to family law matters.

Lauren also volunteers at Marrickville Legal Centre as an evening solicitor, providing advice in relation to parenting and property matters.

Antonia Cacopardo

Solicitor

 

Antonia Cacopardo joined Dorter Family Lawyers and Mediators in 2021 having worked exclusively in family law since 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology and has also completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Antonia was admitted as a solicitor in 2018.

Antonia has gained broad experience across financial and parenting matters including property settlements, complex parenting matters, spouse maintenance and child support. She also volunteers at Marrickville Legal Centre providing assistance in property and parenting matters.

Antonia’s empathic approach to the sensitive issues that arise in family law together with her social science background provide her with a unique perspective and ability to put clients at ease while providing quality advice and representation.

Maeve Cooper

Solicitor
BA (Counsell) LLB

Maeve has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Counselling from the University of Notre Dame. Maeve’s communication skills and ability to multi task are her core strengths.

Her experience in counselling and working with children as a swimming teacher means that she is well placed to deal with the complexities involved in supporting clients with their family law matters.

Tim Russell

Solicitor
Dip Law (LPAB)

Tim’s passion for family law comes about as a direct result of his own personal experience in a family law matter. His aim is to help those who find themselves in a similar situation through his first hand understanding of the difficulties that often arise for clients  as they navigate the family law process.   Clients value Tim’s empathy and ability to relate to their situation and offer a clear plan to move forward.

Tim joins the Dorter Family Lawyers team with over two decades of experience in the commercial business environment and clients benefit from Tim’s keen commercial understanding.

Tim was a professional Rugby League player with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the Widnes Vikings (UK) in the early 90s.

Jasmond Wong

Senior Paralegal

Jasmond is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University.

Jasmond is extremely passionate about family law and her attention to detail, efficiency and work ethic are key skills that assist her navigating through the complexities of the family law system. Her commitment to clients and the firm make her a valuable member of the team.

Emily Stone

Personal Assistant to Rebekah Dorter and Andrew Johnson/Paralegal

Emily is currently completing a Diploma of Law, a course administered by the Legal Professional Admission Board..

Emily is experienced in providing effective, empathetic, and efficient support with family law matters. Her passion for working in family law is reflected in her thorough and collaborative approach to supporting our clients through what is often a turbulent period in their lives.

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Matthew Pellegriti

Paralegal

Matthew is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business degree at Macquarie University. Matthew has a long-standing passion for family law and in collaboration with his colleagues, is committed to helping clients navigate through an extremely difficult and stressful time in their lives.

Matthew’s ability to empathise with clients, combined with his attention to detail and strong work ethic, makes him an integral member of our team.

Kirsty Gray

Receptionist/Paralegal

Kirsty is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney – an undertaking driven by her passion for social justice. As a mother of four, she brings empathy and understanding to her interactions with our clients and her former editorial experience is evident in her attention to detail. Kirsty is open and friendly and genuinely believes that small kindnesses go a long way to making a difference in someone’s day.

Megan Cunneen

Office Manager

With many years’ experience, Megan has a broad knowledge of working in law and enjoys the ‘cut and thrust’.

Megan is happy to assist with your general enquiry regarding our office and trust accounts.  Her extensive experience of legal office management allows her to handle client enquiries efficiently and sensitively

Christine A’guiar

Executive Assistant

With over 17 years of experience, Christine’s empathy and attention to detail are critical to ensuring the smooth operation of the practice.

Christine is delighted to assist with any general queries you may have about our practice or our office/trust accounts. Her robust knowledge of law office management and strong legal secretarial experience in Family Law allow her to handle client queries efficiently and sensitively.