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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 57
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 85
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 76
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 72
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 64
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 53
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 72
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
Dec. 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 63
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 76
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 44
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
Dec. 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 54
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
Dec. 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 70
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 51
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
Dec. 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 67
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 52
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 63
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.