Get to know Your Pragma Lawyers Team

Who We Are.

As Perth’s law firm with the difference, Pragma Lawyers offers quality and affordable advice to clients across Western Australia.
The difference is in our people. Our lawyers choose to work with us because of the pragmatic way we practice law. Our lawyers sit on extra-curricular boards and committees that have objectives and purposes related to the betterment of justice. We aim to provide pragmatic and affordable advice and representation. We do this by hiring great lawyers.

Aaron McDonald

Aaron McDonald

Director

Aaron founded Pragma in 2014.

He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.

He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2008 and in the High Court of Australia in 2009. He regularly appears as an advocate in all Courts and Tribunals.

Aaron completed his articles of clerkship with a commercial law firm before spending 5½ years at a major international law firm in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division. He was promoted to Senior Associate. During his time at that firm, he spent 18 months working in the firm’s Melbourne office.

Aaron has lectured to law and business students at tertiary level. He also gives presentations to members of the legal profession including most recently a presentation with the Chief Justice of Western Australia on best practice in mediation.

Aaron has graduated with a Masters of Laws from the University of Western Australia. Aaron sits on the Courts Committee of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Aaron is a Committee member of The Piddington Society – an organisation which promotes access to justice and legal education.

In 2017, Aaron founded the Subiaco Community Legal Service. He sits on the Board as Chair.

Michael Lewis

Consultant

Michael is one of Perth’s most experienced legal practitioners.

He became a lawyer in 1965 and joined the firm of Robinson Cox (which later became Clayton Utz) in 1966. He was a Senior Partner of that firm for 34 years. After working as a consultant at Sceales & Co, Michael joined Leaker Partners as a senior lawyer, where he continued to provide commercial advice to his clients.

In July 2018 Michael joined Pragma as a Consultant.

Michael has a pragmatic approach which suits the way we practice law. Our clients benefit from his wealth of legal experience.

Luke Davies

Senior Associate

Luke holds degrees in Law and Arts from Murdoch University.

Luke adopts a practical approach to helping his clients achieve their aims.

Luke is part of the firm’s dispute resolution practice. He has practiced as a lawyer in this area for over 10 years. During that time he has appeared as counsel in all court jurisdictions including the Magistrates, District, Supreme and Federal courts.

Luke has diverse experience and advises his clients in areas including insolvency, family provision act claims, contractual and property disputes.

With a wife and two children, his family life has made him a more patient and grounded person. Outside of work and his family, Luke enjoys following the cricket and football and enjoying a nice wine.

Sophia Kailis

Consultant

Sophia graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English), also having spent a year abroad studying International Law at the University of Vienna.

Sophia was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2012 and the High Court of Australia in 2013.

Sophia spent four years working for a prominent commercial law firm specialising in dispute resolution, acting for a range of clients in various courts and tribunals. In that time Sophia worked closely with His Honour Justice Tottle, prior to his ascension to the Bench. Sophia has valuable experience in the areas of commercial litigation, insolvency, intellectual property and defamation.

Since 2010 Sophia has also been a case reporter for Lexis Nexis, writing headnotes for decisions delivered in all Australian jurisdictions and accessed by legal practitioners.

On 1 July 2016, Sophia Kailis was promoted to Senior Associate within the firm.

Richard Edwards

Senior Associate

Richard cut his legal teeth on litigation in Perth before moving to Melbourne where he looked after telco franchisees.

In 2012, he founded his own law firm, which focused on front-end commercial law and also looked after a delicious species of SME: bars, cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses. His firm ran a guaranteed, fixed and tiered pricing for all non-dispute work, which gave clients choice, control and certainty. He has been recognised for his work as a finalist in National and Victorian law awards, interviews with leading industry publications and an article he wrote for The Australian.

With a wife and a daughter, his family pulled him back to Perth in 2017.

Richard bolsters the firm’s commercial practice and brings his knowledge of fixed pricing to Pragma, while seeking out coffee just like he had in Melbourne.

Elizabeth Keen

Lawyer

Elizabeth graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws. Elizabeth was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2015.

As part of her practical legal training, Elizabeth worked with the Department of Environment Regulation where she assisted in providing advice in respect of issues relating to Part V of the Environment Protection Act 1986 (WA), and in prosecutions relating to controlled waste and clearing permits.

Elizabeth has spent the past few years working in a boutique law firm specialising in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on building and constructions disputes, debt recovery, and local government.

Alistair Sullivan

Lawyer

Alistair was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2015 following completion of a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (UNDA) and Masters of Laws (UQ) where he was admitted to the Dean’s Roll of Honour.

Alistair has worked in Australian and international legal markets, including two years with leading transport and logistics insurers and major commercial law firms in London. Alistair spent two years working at a boutique maritime and transport law firm in Sydney where he was awarded the Young Achievement Award at the 22nd Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards and named by Doyle’s in 2018 as a Rising Star.

Alistair is a member of various associations including Young Shipping Australia and has had his work published in the Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law and International Bar Association Journals.

Outside of work Alistair likes to spend time with family and friends on the WA coast and is an avid supporter of the West Coast Eagles.

Michael Stulic

Lawyer

Michael graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2015 and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2016.

During his time at University, Michael received awards for highest academic achievement in employment law and alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Pragma, Michael gained experience working in a boutique law firm specialising in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on building and construction disputes, leasing disputes, franchise disputes and debt recovery.

Despite working for a Subiaco based law firm, Michael is regrettably a loyal Fremantle Dockers supporter.

Nick Malone

Lawyer

Nick graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance Management).

He served on the Notre Dame Law Student Society as both sports and sponsorship representative.

He was also the 2015 winner of the Notre Dame Law Student Society client interview and negotiation competitions.

Nick was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2017.

He currently sits on the Piddington Society Committee as Secretary and Convenor – an organisation which promotes access to justice and legal education.

Demi Swain

Lawyer

Demi Swain graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Human Resources) in 2017.

Demi has gained experience working in a number of boutique law firms in Western Australia. She has developed a particular passion for dispute resolution, employment and construction law.

During her time at university, Demi was a finalist in the Notre Dame Law Student Society client interview competition and received awards in both Strategic Management and Employment Law.

Demi was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2018.

She has a strong interest in social justice and assists with the Subiaco Justice Centre Inc., an emerging Community Legal Centre. She is also a Junior Member of the Law Society of Western Australia for 2019.

Jordie Fienberg

Graduate

Jordie graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance) in 2018.

Throughout his time at University, Jordie developed a keen interest in Commercial Law and received awards in both Intellectual Property and Succession.

Professionally, he was fortunate enough to gain rare experience working as an economic intern for 6 months at the US Consulate General in Perth.

Jordie is currently completing his Practical Legal Training through the Piddington Justice Project.

Maggie Shipp

Graduate

Maggie Shipp graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Economics) in 2018.

During her time at University, Maggie developed a keen interest in commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and employment law.

Maggie is passionate about social justice and spent her time volunteering at the Consumer Credit Legal Service and the John Curtin Law Clinic while studying.

Maggie is currently completing her Practical Legal Training with the Piddington Justice Project.

Sandra Ursino

Human Resources Manager

Sandra is the firm’s HR Manager.

She has over 25 years working in Human Resources.

She joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1988 and worked in various HR roles over 12 years. After leaving the RAAF in 2000 Sandra joined CRS Australia, a Federal Government where she led the Recruitment Team. In 2007, Sandra was the first HR Manager at InfoHRM a HR consulting firm. In 2011, Sandra moved to Pitcher Partners in Brisbane to set up their HR practice and on deciding to move home to Perth in August 2014, Sandra transferred to Pitcher Partners Perth. Sandra’s strength is in establishing HR best practice processes and procedures in small to medium sized businesses.

Outside of work Sandra’s passion is in making a difference for sick children. Sandra joined Radio Lollipop in Brisbane as a ward visiting volunteer in 2000 and in 2008 was appointed to the Radio Lollipop Australia Board of Directors a position she held until 2015. Sandra was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List for her volunteer work with Radio Lollipop.

Since returning to Perth in 2014, Sandra has joined the Strategy and Revenue Committee for Camp Quality WA and later this year will become a volunteer and camp companion for Camp Quality WA.

Sandra is a valued team member of Pragma. She assists management in selecting the best lawyers to join our staff to improve the service offering to our clients.

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