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Famous Lawyers from Australia

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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    BirthplaceBarry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

    Julia Eileen Gillard AC (born 29 September 1961) is an Australian former politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She  ...more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Michael Donald Kirby (born 18 March 1939) 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  ...more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    James David Wolfensohn, KBE, AO (born 1 December 1933) is an Australian-American lawyer, investment banker, and economist who served as the ninth president of the World Bank Group (1995–2005). He  ...more
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    BirthplaceAdelaide, Australia

    Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville, (born 13 April 1942) is Professor of Bioethics at University of Notre Dame Australia. She was previously Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill  ...more
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    Graeme Julian Samuel AC (born 31 May 1946) 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  ...more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (born 24 October 1954) is an Australian former politician who was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia from 2015 to 2018. He served twice as Leader of the Liberal Party,  ...more
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    Allan Herbert Miller Fels (born 7 February 1942) 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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    BirthplaceAdelaide, Australia

    Shaun Patrick Micallef (born 18 July 1962) is an Australian comedian, actor, writer and television presenter living in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently the host of the satirical news comedy  ...more
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    Larissa Yasmin Behrendt (born 1 April 1969) is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman, Aboriginal Australian legal academic plus writer . She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of  ...more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Geoffrey Ronald Robertson (born 30 September 1946) is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship. Robertson is a founder and joint  ...more
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    BirthplaceRichmond, Melbourne, Australia

    Stephen William Vizard (born 6 March 1956) is an Australian television and radio presenter, lawyer, comedian, producer, author and screenwriter. Vizard has written for and produced various Logie and  ...more
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    Dec. at 82 (1862-1945)

    BirthplaceBathurst, Australia

    Albert Bathurst Piddington KC (9 September 1862 – 5 June 1945) was an Australian lawyer, politician and judge. He served on the High Court of Australia for one month in 1913, making him the  ...more
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    BirthplaceNarrogin, Australia

    Stephen Francis Smith (born 12 December 1955) is a former Australian politician who was a member of the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2013. He served as a minister in the Rudd and Gillard  ...more
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    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    John Dyson Heydon (born 1 March 1943) is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy, who served from 2003 to 2013. A graduate of the  ...more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Julian Francis Xavier Morrow (born 1975) 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  ...more
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    Dec. at 79 (1900-1979)

    BirthplaceAshton upon Mersey, United Kingdom

    Marie Beuzeville Byles (8 April 1900 – 21 November 1979) was a committed conservationist, pacifist, the first practising female solicitor in New South Wales (NSW), mountaineer, explorer and avid  ...more
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    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia

    George Newhouse is an Australian human rights lawyer and a former local councillor. He is the principal solicitor of the National Justice Project, a human rights and social justice legal service, and  ...more
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    Dec. at 77 (1902-1980)

    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia

    Sir Alan James Mansfield, (30 September 1902 – 17 July 1980) was an Australian barrister, judge, and the 18th Governor of Queensland, serving from 1966 until 1972.  ...more
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    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    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 the  ...more
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    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    William Richard Shorten (born 12 May 1967) is an Australian politician who served as Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 2013 to 2019. Shorten was first  ...more
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    Dec. at 89 (1867-1957)

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Sir Robert Randolph Garran (10 February 1867 – 11 January 1957) was an Australian lawyer who became "Australia's first public servant" – the first federal government employee after the federation of  ...more
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    BirthplaceTasmania, Australia

    Michael Alexander Mansell (born June 5, 1951 in northern Tasmania) is a Tasmanian Aboriginal leader, who as an activist and lawyer, has worked for social, political and legal changes to improve the  ...more
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    BirthplaceBunbury, Australia

    Melissa Parke (born 11 August 1966) is an Australian Labor Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) Fremantle from 2007 to 2016. Parke served as Minister for International Development  ...more
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    BirthplaceOxford, England

    Johnstone William "John" Thwaites (born 15 October 1955), is a former Australian politician, and served as Deputy Premier of the state of Victoria from 1999 to 2007.  ...more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Anita Ondine Smith (born 16 March 1974) is an Australian–British transmedia storyteller.  ...more