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List of notable or famous lawyers from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top lawyers born in Australia and even some popular lawyers who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian lawyers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These lawyers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known lawyer from Australia is included when available.

People include everything from Michael Kirby to James Wolfensohn.

This historic lawyers from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian lawyers of note?" and "Who are the most famous lawyers from Australia?" These prominent lawyers of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian lawyers.

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Julia Gillard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 56 Julia Eileen Gillard is a former Australian politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, and the Australian Labor Party leader from 2010 to 2013. She was the first woman to ...more

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Michael Kirby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 79 Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. He has remained active in retirement: in May ...more

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James Wolfensohn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 84 James David Wolfensohn, KBE, AO is an Australian-American lawyer, investment banker and economist who served as the ninth president of the World Bank Group.

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Margaret Somerville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 75 Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville, AM, FRSC is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, as well as professor in the university's faculty of medicine and the founding director of the ...more

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Graeme Samuel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 71 Graeme Julian Samuel AC is an Australian businessman. He was the Managing Director and head of the Melbourne office of M&A advisory firm Greenhill Caliburn, and is a member of the Australian ...more

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Malcolm Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 63 Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is an Australian politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Wentworth in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs since 2004. He was the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of ...more

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Allan Fels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Professor Allan Herbert Miller Fels AO is an Australian economist, lawyer and public servant. He was most widely known in his role as chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer ...more

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Shaun Micallef is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 55 Shaun Patrick Micallef is an Australian actor, comedian and writer. After ten years of working in insurance law as a solicitor in Adelaide, Micallef moved to Melbourne to pursue a full-time ...more

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Larissa Behrendt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 49 Larissa Yasmin Behrendt is an Australian academic and writer. She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the ...more

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Geoffrey Robertson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 71 Geoffrey Ronald Robertson QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship. Robertson is a founder and joint head of Doughty ...more

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Steve Vizard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 62 Stephen William Vizard is a Gold Logie award winning Australian television and radio presenter, lawyer, comedian, producer, author and screenwriter. He has written for and produced various Logie ...more

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Albert Piddington is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 83 (1862-1945) Albert Bathurst Piddington was the shortest serving Justice of the High Court of Australia, never actually sitting at the bench. Appointed on 6 March 1913, he resigned on 5 April after opponents ...more

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Stephen Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 62 Stephen Francis Smith is a former Australian politician who was a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1993 to August 2013, representing the Division of Perth in ...more

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Dyson Heydon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 75 John Dyson Heydon AC QC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy.

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Julian Morrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 43 Julian Francis Xavier Morrow is an Australian comedian and television producer from Sydney. He is best known for being a member of the satirical team The Chaser. As a member of The Chaser he has ...more

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Marie Byles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 79 (1900-1979) Marie Beuzeville Byles was a committed conservationist, pacifist, the first practicing female solicitor in New South Wales, mountaineer, explorer and avid bushwalker, feminist, author and an ...more

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George Newhouse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 53 George Newhouse is an Australian human rights lawyer, a former local councillor and political activist. He was Mayor of Waverley in the eastern suburbs of Sydney from 2006 to 2007, and the ...more

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Alan Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 78 (1902-1980) Sir Alan James Mansfield KCMG KCVO was Governor of Queensland, Australia between 1966 and 1972.

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John Courtney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 69 Charles John Hodgson Courtney has served as Australia's ambassador to Zimbabwe since November 2007. Courtney was born in Perth, Western Australia and holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws from ...more

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Bill Shorten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 50 William Richard Shorten is an Australian politician who has been Leader of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition since October 2013. He has represented Maribyrnong in the Australian House ...more

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Robert Garran is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 90 (1867-1957) Sir Robert Randolph Garran GCMG KC was an Australian lawyer and the first Australian public servant, an early leading expert in Australian constitutional law, the first employee of the ...more

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Michael Mansell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 66 Michael Mansell is an Australian lawyer and activist of partial Aboriginal descent, who has dedicated his life to social, political and legal reform to improve the lives and social standing of ...more

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Melissa Parke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 51 Melissa Parke is an Australian politician. Parke is the Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Fremantle, Western Australia, since ...more

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John Thwaites is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 62 Johnstone William "John" Thwaites, Australian politician, was Deputy Premier of the state of Victoria from 1999 to 2007.

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Anita Ondine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 44 Anita Ondine Smith is an Australian-British transmedia storyteller.

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John Davies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 88 John Griffith Davies is an Australian breaststroke swimmer of the 1940s and 1950s who won a gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. After retiring from ...more

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Ronald Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 83 (1922-2005) Sir Ronald Darling Wilson, AC KBE CMG QC was a distinguished Australian lawyer, judge and social activist serving on the High Court of Australia between 1979 and 1989 and as the President of the ...more

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Edgar Gold is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 84 Edgar Gold, CM, AM is an Australian-Canadian lawyer, author, academic, and Master mariner. He is one of the leading experts in the areas of international ocean law and marine and environmental ...more

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Edward McTiernan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 98 (1892-1990) Sir Edward Aloysius McTiernan, KBE, was an Australian jurist, lawyer and politician. He served as an Australian Labor Party member of both the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and federal ...more

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Joe Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 58 Joseph William "Joe" Ludwig, Australian politician, has been a member of the Australian Senate for the state of Queensland since July 1999, representing the Australian Labor Party. ...more

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Fred Hilmer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 73 Professor Frederick George Hilmer AO is an Australian academic and business figure. He was the President and eighth Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, an appointment he held ...more

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Wayne Martin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 65 Wayne Stewart Martin AC, QC is the current Chief Justice of Western Australia. He was formally appointed on 1 May 2006. Martin is also the Lieutenant-Governor of Western Australia, having been ...more

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Robyn Selby Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 37 Robyn Selby Smith is an Australian three time world champion rower. She was part of the Australian Women's Eight that finished 6th at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Frank Brennan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 64 Frank Tennison Brennan SJ AO is an Australian Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer and academic. He is known for his 1998 involvement in the Wik debate when Paul Keating called him "the ...more

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Henry Wrixon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 76 (1839-1915) Sir Henry John Wrixon, KCMG, QC was an Australian barrister and politician.

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Jennifer Coate is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Jennifer Coate is an Australian jurist. Coate is a Judge of the Family Court of Australia and one of the six Royal Commissioners appointed by the Australian government Royal Commission into ...more

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James Gordon Legge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 84 (1863-1947) Lieutenant General James Gordon Legge CB, CMG was an Australian Army Lieutenant General who served in World War I. His son Stanley Ferguson Legge reached the rank of Major General.

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Lionel Murphy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 64 (1922-1986) Lionel Keith Murphy, QC was an Australian politician and jurist, who served as Attorney-General in the government of Gough Whitlam and as a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1975 until ...more

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William Hearn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 62 (1826-1888) William Edward Hearn was an Irish university professor and politician. He was one of the four original professors at the University of Melbourne and became the first Dean of the University's Law ...more

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William Webb is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 85 (1887-1972) Sir William Flood Webb KBE was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. He was President of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East after the end ...more

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Brett Mason is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 56 Senator Brett John Mason is a former Australian politician and a Liberal/Liberal National member of the Australian Senate from 1 July 1999 to 26 March 2015, representing the state of

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Kevin Andrews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 62 Kevin James Andrews is an Australian politician and member of the Liberal Party of Australia, first elected to the House of Representatives seat of Menzies at the 1991 by-election. He was ...more

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George Fuller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 79 (1861-1940) Sir George Warburton Fuller KCMG was Premier of New South Wales, Australia on two occasions during the 1920s. His first term of office lasted less than one day; his second lasted from 13 April ...more

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Ninian Stephen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 94 Sir Ninian Martin Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QC is an Australian jurist, who served as a Justice in the High Court of Australia before being appointed the 20th Governor-General of

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Waleed Aly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 39 Waleed Aly is an Australian radio and television presenter who was born in Melbourne to Egyptian parents. Aly joined the panel of the Network Ten news/current affairs program The Project in ...more

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David Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 79 David Kingsley Malcolm, AC, QC was the Chief Justice of Western Australia from May 1988 until his retirement from the bench in February 2006. He was also an expatriate justice of the Supreme ...more

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David Kirby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 74 David Kirby was a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and brother of former High Court judge Michael Kirby.

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George Burnett Barton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 65 (1836-1901) George Burnett Barton was an Australian lawyer, journalist and historian.

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Maurice Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
Died at 64 (1880-1944) Maurice McCrae Blackburn is a former Australian politician and socialist lawyer, noted for his protection of the interests of workers and the establishment of the legal firm known as Maurice ...more

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Lex Lasry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Lawyers from Australia
age 69 Lex Lasry QC is a prominent Australian lawyer and a judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria, in the Australian state of Victoria.