Damien has more than 30 years' experience as a Family Lawyer, and an accredited Family Law specialist for more than 19 years, his particular areas of practice are financial settlements and financial agreements.
Damien has many years of experience in all aspects of Family Law including negotiated and litigated financial settlements involving property. He also has extensive experience in pre-nuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements for de facto couples.
Damien is able to act for clients in settling Family Law matters through the collaborative process whereby parties agree not to go to court. Instead, with their lawyers, they negotiate an outcome based on what is best for their family, rather than based on their legal rights.
Damien grew up as the son of farming parents and worked on numerous farms in his earlier years. He has an extensive background in, and knowledge about, farming. Damien owned a farm on which he ran cattle until recently. Therefore, Damien has an innate knowledge of the farming industry and has a long list of farming clients for whom he has acted. Damien is uniquely placed to better understand the real impact on farming businesses when family relationships deteriorate and the advice of a Family Lawyer becomes necessary.
Between finishing school and commencing law studies, Damien worked in a variety of jobs. He worked as a bulldozer operator for an earthmoving contractor in Esperance clearing land and building dams; as an ore sampler for a mineral exploration company in the Hamersley Ranges; as a trade assistant to boilermakers and electricians at Mount Newman; as a ganger on railway gangs and as a wharfie at the Fremantle Harbour.