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With a passion to assist, backed by the experience of a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist, we are here to provide you a clear strategy for a way forward. 

Family Law Team

     Rod Cornelius
             
  BA/LLB 
  Grad.Dip Legal Practise
     ASLIV (family law)
 

Rod has been in legal practice for over 23 years since gaining a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania, his home state.

Rod is also an Accredited Family Law Specialist granted by the Law Institute of Victoria in 2005.  He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and Victoria, and also the High Court of Australia, which includes all Federal Courts.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2000, Rod has worked at a number of high profile firms specialising in Family Law. In 2007, Rod established Cornelius Family Law with the goal of providing to clients personal, accurate and specialist advice in all areas of Family Law.

Rod was for over 10 years a regular guest lecturer at the Leo Cussens Institute where he taught Family Law to law student graduates and provided Continuing Professional Development to legal practitioners and their staff in Family Law.

Rod has also presented papers to the legal profession and has been published on such topics as “Domestic Violence in Family Law Property Settlements”. 

Rod holds the following professional and personal memberships:

 

 - Law Institute of Victoria

 - Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria

 - Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

 ​- Huntingdale Golf Club

 - National Gallery of Victoria

Emma Ross
 

LLB/BIntSt

Grad.Dip Legal Practise

Emma first commenced working at Cornelius Family Law in 2016 as a legal assistant and it was during this time that she developed an interest and passion for family law.

 

Emma graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2015 and prior to this she completed a Bachelor of International Studies also at Victoria University in 2011.

 

In December 2017, Emma was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and has also been admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia, which includes all Federal Courts.

Emma is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. 

                             Eliza Gannon
 

                                               BA         

                  Juris Doctor undergraduate University of                                                       Melbourne

                                    Paralegal Assistant

Eliza provides valuable assistance to both Rod and Emma, helping organising files, taking client enquiries and arranging appointments. She is a dedicated and wonderful team member.

At university, Eliza is a member of various organisations and in her spare time, loves vegetarian cooking, tennis and bush walking.

Eliza is currently completing her Law degree and hopes to graduate in 2022 before embarking upon her legal career.