Russell Kennedy picks four new principals in latest promotions round

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Four senior lawyers have joined the partnership at Russell Kennedy.

David Ramsay (planning and environment), Gavin Kotnik (WorkCover), Emma Dunlevie (property and pro bono) and Paul Somers (dispute resolution and litigation) are part of the firm’s newest promotion round, which also includes two special counsel and two senior associates.

“The promotions reflect the firm’s commitment to our growth agenda in both Melbourne and Sydney,” said Paul Gleeson, Russell Kennedy managing director. “Developing the capability of our people and helping them realise their potential at Russell Kennedy allows us to deliver the highest quality service to our clients. We congratulate each of them on their promotion and look forward to the continued progression in their careers.”

The promotions follow the firm’s merger with Aitken Lawyers in Sydney in April, which created a 270-strong practice.

The firm’s other promoted lawyers are:

Special Counsel

  • Marcus Heath
  • David Kazatsky

Senior Associates

  • Angelo Bistolaridis
  • Catherine Duong


  • Erin Rooney
  • Mitch Watkins
  • Felicity Iredale
  • Scott Royston
  • Barakat Rezaie
  • Emma Clark
  • Gareth Kerr
  • Riaza Rigby
  • Camille Broadhurst

(L-R) David Ramsay, Paul Somers, Emma Dunlevie, and Gavin Kotnik