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Michelle Dixon

Michelle Dixon

Chief Executive Officer, Maddocks
Partner, Maddocks

Current Positions

Chief Executive Officer, Maddocks
Partner, Maddocks

Previous Positions

Board Member, Maddocks
National Head of Litigation, Maddocks

Michelle is the CEO of national law firm Maddocks. Maddocks employs more than 500 people across offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Michelle was appointed as CEO after 18 years at the firm, including 13 years as a partner and a period as leader of the firm’s national commercial disputes team. She works with the Board and partnership to set and deliver the strategic direction for the firm. Under Michelle’s leadership, Maddocks was in 2014 recognised as an Employer of Choice by Australasian Lawyer, and received citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the WGEA. The firm has also recently become a signed member for LGBTI employer support group, Pride In Diversity.

Michelle is a strong advocate for the progression of women into leadership. She is an ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equity Agency’s (WGEA) ‘In Your Hands’ initiative for pay equity.

Michelle is also a champion of the Maddocks Women initiative, set up to help the firm’s female employees with their professional development as well as to promote the firm as an innovative and responsive employer for women.

Prior to her tenure as CEO, Michelle worked in a wide range of disputes with a particular focus on corporations matters, competition claims and trusts disputes. She has also acted in a number of disputes involving administrative and constitutional law issues.

Michelle has acted in proceedings before both State and Federal Courts, the High Court, before specialist tribunals, in Royal Commissions and in a range of arbitrations. She regularly acts in urgent matters involving injunction hearings, including for search and freezing orders. Her experience spans both private sector companies, as well as public sector clients, including government departments, state-owned businesses and statutory authorities.

Michelle is married, and a mother of two young children, and foster mother to a teenager.

Areas of Expertise

Business Business Practice / Management, Legal, Professional Services, Women in Business

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