The Committee

Jerry Tucker

President

Jerry is Special Counsel at Bottoms English Lawyers, admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2013. Jerry’s practice predominantly consists of class action litigation with a focus in human rights, and is also a family lawyer.

Jerry is the FNQLA’s President, has been a committee member since 2017, and was formerly the FNQLA Treasurer in 2021 and 2022.  She strongly believes in the importance of having an active DLA in the region for the benefit of the profession and wider community. In her spare time, Jerry enjoys diving and snorkelling.

Lynette Lyons

Vice President

Lynette is an Associate at Bottoms English Lawyers and is enjoying working at a general practice firm where she gets to explore different areas of law, such as commercial law, criminal law, and traffic law.

Lynette completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at James Cook University and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2021. Lynette joined the FNQLA in 2022.

Kerrie Wood

Treasurer

Kerrie is a Wills and Estates Lawyer at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. 

Kerrie completed her Bachelor of Law at the University of Southern Queensland and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2019.

Laura Grasso

Secretary

Laura is an Associate at O’Connor law, practising predominantly in commercial litigation and general commercial law areas.

Laura was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville in 2017 and following relocating to Cairns, has been a committee member of the FNQLA since 2019.

Casia Betros

Secretary

Casia is a commercial lawyer at O’Connor Law.

Casia completed her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (majoring in Accounting) at James Cook University in 2019 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2020.

Amanda Murador

General Committee Member

Amanda is an Associate at Apels Solicitors & Notary and has been a committee member of the FNQLA since 2016.

Amanda attained her Bachelor of Laws Degree from James Cook University in 2013 and her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Australian National University in 2014. Amanda was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2014 and subsequently the High Court of Australia in 2015. 

Bianca Stafford

General Committee Member

Bianca is a Wills and Estates Associate at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

Bianca was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a solicitor in 2014.

Bianca has been a committee member of the FNQLA since 2014 and was formerly President in 2021 and 2022, Vice President in 2020 and Treasurer in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  Bianca advises in all areas of succession law, including estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation and has practised exclusively in Wills and Estates since her admission.

Chris Wright

General Committee Member

Chris is an accredited specialist in family law and has been a partner at Murray & Lyons Solicitors since 1987.

Chris obtained his Bachelor of laws in 1982 from the University of Queensland and subsequently returned to his hometown of Cairns. He is married with three adult children.

 

Danae Sisson

General Committee Member

Danae is a compensation lawyer practising in Maurice Blackburn’s Cairns office.

Danae has worked in the local legal industry since 2016 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2021. She has a genuine passion for the law and values giving back to her community. Danae is an active member of the legal profession and volunteers her time at the Cairns Community Legal Centre.

 

Djordja Vico

General Committee Member

Djordja is a Property Law Senior Associate at Miller Harris Lawyers.

Djordja completed her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Southern Queensland and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2019.

Julia Petratos

General Committee Member

Julia Petratos is a Solicitor at Bottoms English Lawyers, working in general practice with a special interest in Wills and Estates and Family and Domestic Violence Law matters.

Julia completed her Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University in 2020 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2021.

 

Kelly Whitten

General Committee Member

Kelly is a Family Law Associate at WGC Lawyers.

Kelly graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indigenous Development. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2018 and worked as a solicitor at a Dunedin law firm before moving to Cairns in 2020.

Matthew Wright

General Committee Member

Matthew practises in conveyancing and family law at Murray & Lyons Solicitors.

A Cairns local, Matthew was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2021 after completing a degree in Law and a degree in Marketing at Queensland University of Technology. Outside of work, he enjoys playing sport and performing in musicals.

Peter Apel

General Committee Member

Peter holds degrees in Commerce and Law from University of Qld and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1990. He has been a Principal of his firm since 1992.

Peter is a Notary Public, former QCAT Sessional Member, a QLS Senior Counsellor . He has been on the committee of the FNQLA just about forever, is a Past President and life member of the NQLA, currently Chairman of Qite and Secretary of Variety Qld- The Childrens Charity.
Peter is heavily involved in his local community, and enjoys the best of the beautiful Far Northern outdoors.

Yakira Walmsley

General Committee Member

Yakira is a solicitor, practicing in Family Law at Francis Family Law.

Yakira holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Laws. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2023. 

Yakira appreciates the importance of collegiality within the local industry and enjoys contributing to the profession. Outside of work Yakira loves keeping busy and active with her four children.