Our dedicated staff are experts in their chosen fields and are integral to our mission of providing free legal services to inner Melbourne communities.
Long-time social justice advocate on all sorts of social justice issues from disability to gender equality to LGBTIQ. Leads, manages and represents IMCL to promote our high quality work, keep the doors open into the future and showing off how amazing IMCL truly is. An unashamed attention seeker, Dan’s out there for IMCL! And always in his snappiest shoes!
Equally enjoys singing Destiny’s Child albums cover and putting her theoretical legal knowledge into practice by developing case theories and strategies, especially in family law. Gets a kick when her understanding of cultural diversity and Amharic comes in handy during client interactions.
If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? Holly helps us answer this question by evaluating the work we do at IMCL to make sure we are making an impact within our community. By weaving an overarching framework around our advice services, duty lawyering, ongoing casework and projects like health justice partnerships and community legal education, Holly builds structures around our work so that we can assess our success and reflect on our experience. The foundation that holds us together.
Jessica de Vries
With her in-depth legal knowledge and compassionate, intensive approach to client engagement, Jess leads our family law, family violence and victims of crime practice. Doesn't like being in the limelight despite her high achievements and exceptional client case outcomes. When required to, takes on the Principal Lawyer role in her stride. Ex-Supreme Court Judge’s Associate and yoga fanatic (especially of the upside down, aerial kind). Adds office zen.
Having only worked in Community Legal Centres, Lloyd is a born and bred community lawyer. From a generalist legal practice background, he's now focussing on IMCL's criminal law caseload and outreach to homeless services like Ozanam Community Centre. When he's not lawyering in his plant-filled office, he'll be watching Disney movies and Eurovision or playing Pokémon. Knitter and part time soap maker.
Like everyone at IMCL, Louisa believes everyone has a right to safe, comfortable and secure home. To make sure this is a reality for people, she has spent the bulk of her legal career working in tenancy law, particularly assisting public housing tenants. When she's not working she spends her time tending to her veggie patch and practising dispute resolution skills with her small children. Well and truly connected to our local community as a North Melbourne Kangaroos devoted fan.
Our health justice partnership lawyer and general all-rounder with a background in criminal law and youth justice. Runs multiple in-house clinics and is one of IMCL’s stalwart family violence duty lawyers. Passionate about keeping decision makers accountable and providing holistic care to our clients. A no nonsense, country gal through and through, Maie likes to get things done.
Currently seconded to IMCL from the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, Max is a former Supreme Court Judge's Associate and has done some stints in government legal policy. At IMCL, Max works on fines, criminal and family violence matters. Avid (commuter) cyclist.
Director - Legal, Strategy & People
Community law is part of her DNA. Leads a dynamic and talented team of lawyers to deliver high quality legal service to those most in need in our community. Loves working collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for clients. Enjoys mentoring and inspiring people to be their best. Manages legal practice risk and watering of the office plants. Wears (very) big earrings and dances often.
Senior Lawyer (PACER Project)
Started at IMCL as a graduate lawyer in late 2011 and has been here ever since. Previously worked on improving rights for Australian clothing workers at Union-industry accreditation body Ethical Clothing Australia. In 2019 she'll be Implementing IMCL's new partnership with the Police And Clinical Early Response team. In her spare time she wrangles small humans and tries to perfect her Deutsch.
Director - Engagement & Projects
With almost two decades of experience in the access to justice sector domestically and internationally in a variety of legal practice and project management roles, Nadia strives to promote social justice and systemic reform. She oversees IMCL’s communications, community legal education and project work, with the support of a team of exceptional volunteers. Producer/presenter on 3CR Radio Done By Law in her downtime.
From file management and volunteer coordination, to database oversight and invoicing, Peta makes sure our office runs like a well-oiled machine so that we can provide quality legal services. Keeps very high standards on account of years of administration experience in the health and legal sectors and a philosophy degree to boot. Watches Seinfeld on repeat, often whilst thinking about the beauty of data reports.
Wallis is her name and reception is her game. While warmly greeting client and dealing with an array of colourful inquiries, Wallis makes sure our clients get directed to the right help they need. When she's not being the face of IMCL, she's busy studying law, parenting a needy dog, and playing volleyball.
Meet our pets
Attorney at Paw
Our very own office dog. A tall, floppy and bouncy German Shorthaired Pointer, Elrei brings excitement and joy to the office. She enjoys puppy-‘soy’ccinos, sleeping in patches of sun on the office floor and tummy rubs.
Paralegal at Paw
IMCL's second fur baby, Rudy, is a raven haired cocker spaniel who's effortless wavy locks are the envy of the office. Cleaning up after him provides a delightful distraction to the daily humdrum of CLC life.