Jason Lopes has been practicing exclusively as a family lawyer since 2000, and in boutique family law firms in Melbourne since 2003.
He is experienced in all areas of family law including complex property and children’s matters.
Jason has a particular interest in property matters that also raise broader commercial, company, estate and tax considerations.
He has written and presented on family law topics to accountants, educators, industry (including large accounting firms and accountants in the superannuation industry) and other lawyers.
He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Family Law Property and Maintenance Committee and a former member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Family Law Executive.
He has good working relationships with his fellow family law practitioners and other professionals in the field.
Mai Lin Yong was admitted to practice in 2005 and has worked for over ten years as a family lawyer. She was previously employed as a legal associate to the Full Court (Appeals Division) of the Family Court of Australia. She joined Lopes Family Law in 2015.
Mai Lin is interested in all aspects of family law, including parenting disputes, complex property cases, and cases which raise cross-jurisdictional issues.
She is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, and was an instructing solicitor in one of the two arbitrated family law disputes in Australia.
Mai Lin is also an experienced litigator and conducts trials in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit of Australia. She is committed to achieving long lasting resolutions for her clients, working where necessary with other professionals.
Mai Lin is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Dianne Ha was admitted to practice in 2008. She has worked in a commercial law firm as a paralegal, personal assistant to the Principal and as an administrator and in family law firms in paralegal roles. Her experience is predominately in the family law area.
Dianne joined Lopes Family Law in May 2015. She commenced practicing as a solicitor in March 2016.
She lived in Hong Kong for four years up to 2014, during which time she worked in the insurance industry in a commercial (non-legal role) role. During her time in Hong Kong, she was able to understand the pressures for expatriates and their families living abroad and the working culture of South-East Asia.
Dianne is committed to achieving the best practicable outcomes for her clients, in as timely and cost effective a manner as practicable.
She is insightful, empathetic and a committed advocate for her clients.
Dianne is a Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Marnie Schaefer was admitted to practice in February 2017. Prior to that, she had been working as an assistant and paralegal exclusively in the family law field for fourteen years.
Marnie’s experience over this time has helped her understand the challenges faced by parties, children and families in family law matters. She is familiar with family law practice and procedure and has assisted in the implementation of all aspects of family law settlements (including property transfers).
Marnie is focused on achieving the best possible outcome for her clients in a practical and timely manner that enables them and their families to move forward post-separation.
Marnie is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.