Founded in March 2009, the firm’s many practice areas are reflective of our team's background where their creative and commercial endeavors feature prominently.

Principal

Darren Sanicki

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Darren completed his law degree with honours at Monash University in 2003 and has also completed post graduate courses in copyright law, trade marks, intellectual property, and industrial designs. Darren also holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Latrobe University.

Darren’s legal career was forged at Marshalls & Dent Lawyers where he worked in areas including: residential and commercial conveyancing, business sales and acquisitions, commercial leases, corporate restructuring, and civil litigation. He was made a senior associate after three years.

As a one-time musician, Darren used his networks in Melbourne’s music scene, to commence and expand his music and entertainment client base while continuing to work in areas of commercial and property law.

Since opening the firm in 2009 (originally Darren Sanicki Lawyers), Darren has consolidated a substantial entertainment industry client base representing some of Australia’s best known bands, artists and creative businesses.

Darren has been selected by the Artists from The Voice for all 5 Seasons as their legal representative having previously represented contestants from X-Factor and Australian Idol.  He has represented clients in high profile litigious matters including the current Federal Court Case concerning a legend of the Australian music scene and the fixing of a statutory licence for use of an iconic song for the services of the Commonwealth. Darren also successfully represented Michael Barker (Split Enz) in a defamation action against News Ltd and Today Tonight.

Darren also has a substantial commercial client base comprising creative and corporate businesses including Moshtix, Windor Smith, Medical One, Strikeforce AMC, Wesley College and the  Meatball & Wine Bar.

Darren also volunteers his services as a pro-bono solicitor for the Arts Law Centre of Australia and is a 3 time recipient of the Arts Law Pro Bono award.

Darren is a board member of The Push, a not-for profit Government funded Victorian youth music organisation, and has held the role of Chairman since 2007. In 2010, Darren was a founding board member of Music Victoria, Victoria’s peak contemporary music industry body, leading the fight to preserve the Victoria’s live music scene and the general rights and well being of musicians. Darren has also taught in the Music Business and Music Law degrees at Victoria University.

Notwithstanding any of this, Darren is still best known for having a song he co-penned, “More Than A Game” used as the theme song for Channel 9’s The Footy Show for the past 23 years!

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Consultant

Paul O'Gorman

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Paul joined Sanicki Lawyers as a consultant in 2015.

Notwithstanding that Paul completed his law degree in 1975, he was a full time performer / recording artist /songwriter for more than a decade during the 70’s and 80’s. He recorded with Festival Records, released a couple of albums and singles, toured with the likes of Cliff Richard, wrote songs for local and international artists, and generally “lived the life”.

Paul’s career took a turn in the mid 80’s when he was asked to join Fable Music as a publisher where he successfully pitched songs to John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite and many international artists who recorded songs pitched by Paul from the Fable catalogue.

In the early 90’s, Paul managed Tommy Emmanuel, The Badloves, Debra Byrne and Russell Morris and also during that time managed Paul Dainty’s publishing company Marble Music.

Paul returned to law practice in the mid 1990’s and has since acted as legal adviser in the entertainment industry to a variety of the major and independent bands and performers, producers, songwriters and record labels in Australia ranging from, Tex Perkins, Havana Brown, Ella Hooper, Megan Washington, Nathaniel, and British India to Russell Morris, Renee Geyer, Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne and many others.

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Senior Associate

Moira McKenzie

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Moira completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Bachelor of Laws at Southern Cross University and was admitted to practice in 2010. Moira joined Sanicki Lawyers in 2011.

Moira practices primarily in entertainment and intellectual property law and represents some of Australia’s best known artists in the music industry. Moira also acts for artist managers, indie record labels, producers, music festivals, and other music industry businesses.

With expertise in the area of Trade Marks law, Moira maintains the local and international Trade Mark portfolios for a number of high profile commercial and entertainment clients and regularly advises on Trade Mark related matters.

Moira also has a keen interest in the areas of design and technology, representing game developers, web developers and designers and web-based start-ups.

Moira has served on the Board of Music Victoria and regularly volunteers her time as a pro-bono lawyer for Arts Law Centre of Australia, The Push, Bigsound and Face the Music. In 2014, 2016 and 2017, Moira was awarded a Pro-Bono Lawyer Award from the Arts Law Centre.

Moira is also a performing musician and music lover.

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Solicitor

Maddalena Rinaldi

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Maddalena completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Media Studies at La Trobe University in 2014, before being admitted to practice in 2015.

Maddalena commenced with the firm in 2015 and practices primarily in commercial and property law, representing individuals, small businesses and commercial agents. She has overseen a number of residential and commercial property transactions including: commercial leasing, sale of business and complex commercial restructures.

Maddalena also has experience drafting and advising on a range of commercial contracts including: partnership and shareholders agreements, and the preparation and filing of Trade Mark applications.

Maddalena has a keen interest in media and entertainment law, and volunteers her time as a pro-bono lawyer for Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Having previously worked for Network Ten, Maddalena has a strong understanding of the legal issues that arise in the context of television and the broader media industry. This combination of legal skills and industry knowledge enables her to identify the risks facing clients before providing practical advice to her clients.

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Solicitor

Emily Edington

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Emily completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Media Studies at La Trobe University in 2013.

Commencing at Sanicki Lawyers as an intern in 2016, Emily soon accepted a position as a paralegal. She has recently been admitted to practice in November 2016.

Emily has an impressive and varied range of commercial experience having recently worked and lived in Canada for two years. In Vancouver, Emily was employed at Microsoft Development Studio where she worked with a diverse team including; Gears of War for Xbox, NFL on Xbox One app, Skype for Business, OneNote, Bing and MSN.

Emily also worked for CBRE, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate services firms.

Since commencing at the firm, Emily has gained experience in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing, commercial leases, and the drafting and filing of Court documents. She thrives on the commercial aspects of business transactions and prides herself on her exceptional client service and practical advice.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys drinking pina coladas and getting caught in the rain!

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Solicitor

Ariel Wang

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Ariel completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business at the Australian National University in 2014.

Ariel joined Sanicki Lawyers as a part-time paralegal in July 2017. She commenced full time practice as a solicitor in October 2017.

Prior to commencing at Sanicki Lawyers, Ariel gained invaluable experience in a number of corporate roles including; investment advisory, stock control, strategy advisement and management, working within large teams. Much of this experience was gained in the fashion industry working at Christian Dior Parfums, Gucci as well as her family business, wholesaling extreme adventure gears and clothing. These experiences have helped Ariel develop her strong sense of entrepreneurship and has grown her enthusiasm for working with people.

Ariel practices primarily in commercial and property law, representing individuals, small businesses and commercial entities. She is experienced in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing acting for both purchasers and vendors. She has worked closely helping first home buyers secure their first property as well as downsizers and investors alike.

Ariel also has experience in dispute resolution and has recently taken care and conduct of a matter before the County Court.

Ariel is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Being a chatter box, in her spare time (not that she has much of it), Ariel enjoys brunching and a glass of bubbly at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon. She religiously believes in beautiful shoes, pearls and love!

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Paralegal

Ruth Kelly

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Ruth completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Laws at La Trobe University in 2017. She is currently completing her Masters in Intellectual Property and Communications Law at Monash University.

Commencing at Sanicki Lawyers as an intern in 2017, Ruth soon accepted a position as a paralegal.

Ruth scored in the top 2% in Victoria whilst studying Design and Technology in her secondary schooling. Her continued interest in the field lead to her participation in the University of Windsor, Canada’s Intellectual Property Law Program in 2016 and the opportunity to intern at an IP firm in London, UK in 2017.

Since commencing at the firm, Ruth has gained experience in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing, employment agreements, and the drafting and filing of Court documents.

Ruth’s pride and joy is her collection of vinyl records and enjoys playing netball and lacrosse in her spare time.

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Administration Manager

Alli Berry

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Alli completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2016 and is currently undertaking her Juris Doctor at Melbourne Law School. She looks forward to graduating (at last!) at the end of 2019.

Alli commenced as administration manager at Sanicki Lawyers in June 2016 after completing an internship with the firm earlier in the year. She is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly, managing and training our interns and practical legal training students, and answering all general and accounts-related queries.

Outside of work hours, Alli is kept very busy undertaking two volunteer legal roles and acting on two executive committees for university bodies. She also volunteers at her local dog club, teaching puppy classes on Sunday mornings. Of course, this means that she loves dogs, and competes with her own dog, Cooper, in the sports of flyball and agility.

In her ‘spare’ time Alli likes to, in her own words, ‘expand her cultural capital’ by indulging in her passions – music, film, television and video games. Alli enjoys working at Sanicki Lawyers as the firm combines these interests with her love of the law, allowing her to work in a field that is truly exciting!

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Administration Assistant

Talia Le Couteur

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Talia commenced her internship at Sanicki Lawyers in 2017, and was soon offered the role of administration assistant.  She is tasked with general office duties, managing the student interns and PLT students, and is a general port of call for all enquiries to the firm.

Talia completed a Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2016, majoring in Performance (classical voice).  She is currently studying the Juris Doctor at Melbourne Law School, and is excited to graduate at the end of 2019.

Outside of work and study, Talia spends time volunteering at charity organisation Safe Steps, acting on the Melbourne University Law Student Society, and working weekends at a local bookstore.  If Talia ever has any free time, you’ll find her singing: practicing, competing or performing. You may also find her cuddling her three cats.

Talia dreamed about a career in which she could combine her passions of music and the law, and is excited to be starting her legal journey at Sanicki Lawyers, which allows her to do just that.

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Legal Bookkeeper

Kelly Ho

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Kelly completed her Commerce/Accounting degree at Adelaide University.  She has also completed her qualifications at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and her MBA,

Kelly has a background in Agriculture and Grain Trading, working in the finance team of  ASX listed, and large global companies before started her own bookkeeping and finance consulting business in 2016.

With exposure to different industries (not for profits, medical, construction, architecture, logistics, professional services and startups), Kelly ensures Sanicki Lawyer is up to date with the latest finance systems and processes.

Kelly is known to be a bit of a coffee snob (lucky she lives in Melbourne) and loves to chill out at a local café with a good book in hand.

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