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Family Lawyers for Burnie and the Surrounding Region, advising on Parenting Arrangements, Property Settlements, Divorce, Internatonal Family Law Issues and Intervention Orders.
Key Staff

 

In addition to the staff below, James McConvill & Associates engages consultants and barristers to assist our clients with expert legal advice to suit their needs.

James
DR JAMES McCONVILL

James McConvill is the founder and Principal of James McConvill & Associates. James has over 15 years post-admission experience in the law. James holds an honours degree in Law and a PhD from Deakin University in Melbourne. He has published several articles in Australia and overseas in leading family law journals, including the International Journal of Law, Policy & the Family published by Oxford University Press in the UK.

James has particular expertise with mediation of disputes, and preparation of Binding Financial Agreements to settle the distribution of property (especially where businesses are involved) in family law matters.

Maka Atanasov
Maka Atanasov

Maka Atanasov is a Senior Associate with the firm, having obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University with First Class Honours. She was admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2016, after obtaining her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Australian National University. Maka completed her Dissertation thesis at University on the efficacy of econometric research in to the death penalty in the United States. She has a particular interest in Family Law and Criminal Law both on a domestic and international scale. Her passion for international law has enabled her to work with James McConvill & Associates in the United States at their Florida branch. In her spare time, Maka enjoys playing indoor and outdoor competitive soccer and cooking dishes from various cultural backgrounds.

Anita Moretta
Anita Moretta

Anita graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2012. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia in 2013. Anita’s legal practice has preliminarily been specific to Family Law matters. This includes property and financial matters; parenting matters; divorce and family violence restraining orders. She has extensive Family Law experience and has experience in preparing consent orders and financial agreements; participated in a large number of successful mediations; and advocated for clients in the Family Court for both interim and final hearings. Anita commenced working for James McConvill & Associates in January 2019. Prior to that, she worked for a community legal centre and pioneered an award winning program providing legal advice and advocacy to women who are homeless as a result of family violence. These women have high complex needs; are often culturally diverse; and greatly disadvantaged.

As a result of her work, Anita was a finalist of the following awards: Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards Not-for-profit Lawyer of the Year (2018); and Women Lawyers of Western Australia, Women Lawyer of the Year (2019).
Anita’s approach to Family Law disputes is to assist her clients in understanding the process and give them tools to help themselves. She is mindful of the impact separation can have on a client and aims to reach a resolution in the most efficient and effective manner. Outside the office, Anita is a member of various Human Rights Network Groups, where she works to proactively raise awareness on various social and human rights issues. Anita is also a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia, and Women Lawyers of Western Australia.

Simone McMahon
Simone McMahon

Simone McMahon is a Senior Associate with the firm.
Simone grew up in Perth and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame. After relocating to Brisbane, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2017 and was admitted as an Senior Associate with the Supreme Court of Brisbane QLD. In addition to her legal qualifications, Simone also holds an Advanced Diploma of Management, Diploma of Event Management and is a Winston Churchill Fellow. Simone also holds a certificate in speech and communication from the Australian Music Examinations Board, having had over 20 years’ experience as a professional presenter and lecturer at state, national and international levels. Simone is a highly motivated, ambitious, and professional individual who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task she undertakes. She demonstrates strong leadership qualities, management skills and highly developed negotiation competencies with significant experience in stakeholder relationships and team management successfully achieving objectives on time and with excellence.

As a qualified lawyer, Simone has extensive experience in the personal injury and more specifically workers compensation sector, however it is her long-standing commitment to community service as a health advocate and her extensive commitment to volunteer work with multiple charities that shows her true character. Through Simone’s outstanding experience within the professional sector, it is clear helping and working with people in the community is where her true passion lies.

Simone’s genuine commitment to community service has been recognised by a notable list of awards including, Order of Australia 2013

Lions Club Exemplary Service Award 2008
Winston Churchill Fellowship 2007
Browns WA Woman of the Year 2007
WA Young Australian of the Year -2006/08
Prime Ministers Centenary Medal


Simone is a vibrant and friendly person,genuinely committed to making a positive difference. She is passionate about helping clients reach their desired outcome and will make sure your case is handled thoroughly and professionally.

James
REBECCA CANN

Rebecca Cann is the Manager of James McConvill & Associates.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major) from the University of Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma of Accounting (with Honours) from Kingscliff TAFE on the Gold Coast.

Rebecca has an immense amount of accounting and book-keeping experience, with both professional services firms and retail/wholesale enterprises. She also has a number of years of practical experience as a paralegal, with particular expertise in family law paralegal work.

Gary
Gary Mrocki

Gary is a Lawyer with the firm. Gary has an extensive background in consumer and commercial finance as a finance broker / consultant for 30 years. Gary also lectures at a university level in Sports Law involving negligence, contract, drugs, restraint of trade and criminal law in sport. Gary is also a current PHD student and enrolled to undertake a short course Masters of Sports Law.

Prior to joining James McConvill and Associates Gary was employed for 6 months by the South Australian Government as a legal secretary to five senior Crown solicitors within the Department of Planning Transport and infrastructure as well as a legal intern with the Football Federation Australia in Sydney. Outside of work, Gary enjoys AFL soccer, cricket and golf.

James
Olivia Pepper

Olivia Pepper is a Law Clerk with the firm; she holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) from Swinburne Institute of Technology and was awarded Top Graduate for her course, and she recently completed her Juris Doctor (with Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland. Prior to coming to James McConvill & Associates, Olivia worked for a generalist firm under a solo practitioner; this allowed her to work on diverse files in a variety of legal fields, such as civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, probate and conveyancing. Olivia has a keen interest in advocacy and has volunteered her time in human rights law with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

Alexandra Phillips
ALEXANDRA PHILLIPS

Alexandra Phillips is a Paralegal for the firm. Alexandra is currently in her final year of the Juris Doctor, Masters of Laws at Monash University. Since 2017 Alexandra has worked with the International Women’s Federation for Commerce and Industry, in this role she assisted in the organization of the international trade mission held in Melbourne in 2018. Before undertaking her law degree, Alexandra obtained a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, specializing in Opera Performance and Musicology. Alexandra has a particular interest in Family Law and has worked with children for a number of years as an Accounts Manager of a music school and as a music teacher in state schools across Melbourne. Her experience working with children has given her the valuable skill to communicate with families who may be experiencing difficult circumstances. As part of her work Alexandra ensures the needs of every child are identified and met. In her spare time Alexandra continues to refine her musical abilities and is a proficient flutist and classical vocalist.

William Marshall
William Marshall

William is a Paralegal at the firm. Having received a Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship at Monash University, he is completing his final year of a double degree in Law & Commerce. William enjoys tackling complex legal problems, driving commercially and socially optimal outcomes for different stakeholders.

With experience studying in France and the Netherlands, he fosters productive relationships with his clients and harnesses a mature understanding of the more human aspects of the law. William has a strong background Commercial and Family Law and has recently gained experience in Banking & Finance. In his spare time, you can find William hiking mountains, playing guitar and learning new languages.

James dance
James Dance

James Dance is a Paralegal with James McConvill & Associates. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Mandarin and Policy/Politics) double degree at Deakin University, having received the Deakin Scholarship for Excellence. James has participated in numerous mooting competitions, and is the Managing Editor of an online policy publication, Centrethought. He is heavily involved in volunteer community work, and has also recently joined the Australian Army Reserve.

James
Angela Crawford

Angela Crawford is a Paralegal for the firm. Angela has more than 22 years’ experience as a paralegal, and has provided legal support in all phases of litigation (including trial preparation and support) involving family law, contract and business matters, personal injury, and professional liability. She is an experienced project manager and is trained to effectively and cost-effectively implement complex litigation support, including document management, review and e-discovery.

Angela has worked and travelled overseas to work with international clients managing voluminous document productions with a team of lawyers and paralegals on several different occasions.

Angela completed a Bachelor in Political Science at University of North Carolina and completed the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Studies course in January 1994.

James
KHALED WAHAB

Khaled Wahab is a Law Clerk with James McConvill and Associates. Khaled holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Bond University and is currently completing his Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada. During his time at Bond University, Khaled founded the Bond University Mooting Association. Khaled was also the Senior Legal Adviser at Bond University’s Commercial Law Clinic.

Khaled has acquired knowledge and practical legal skills in a wide range of practice areas including family law, commercial law, intellectual property, municipal law, criminal law, and traffic offences.

Khaled works with lawyers and paraprofessionals at all levels at James McConvill and Associates’ offices across the country. Khaled’s enterprising spirit, versatility, and passion for the law, complemented by his professional, academic and volunteer experiences demonstrate his valuable contribution to the firm.