Melinda Griffiths – Principal Solicitor
As the principal of Melinda Griffiths Lawyers, Melinda specialises in personal injury matters with over 22 years’ experience, she has specialised in personal injury litigation over this entire period. She is one of the leading practitioners in the Wollongong and Illawarra region. “I am passionate about your rights and ensuring your claim is dealt with in a timely, professional manner whilst providing you with understanding and compassion.” Melinda has completed a Diploma of Law, and a Master of International Sports Law at the Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.
Melinda is an accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and has had experience working among leading professionals in the law industry and has won awards including becoming a finalist in Regional Lawyer of the Year with the Australian Lawyer Weekly Awards in 2016, becoming a finalist in the Illawarra Business of the Year in 2018, and winning Regional Lawyer of the Year with the Australian Lawyer Weekly Awards in 2017. In 2021, Melinda won the categories of Customer Focus Award and Best Small Business with the Illawarra Women in Business awards. She is a chair of the Wollongong Charter of the Women Lawyers Association, and President of the Wollongong and Regional Law Society.
Lottie Richardson – Office Manager
Though Lottie doesn’t sound Australian, she returned to her birth country after being raised in England at age 20 to pursue her childhood dream of playing netball in Australia. Lottie has represented both England & Great Britain playing netball and competed at multiple National athletic competitions (pentathlon & javelin). Due to injury, sport has taken a back seat since 2018. Lottie was our first employee at Melinda Griffiths Lawyers when we started the business in 2019. She started on the front desk and is now the Office Manager of 10 employees.
People often ask her if she wishes to pursue a law degree. However, you may have heard her say, “Working with lawyers is enough for me, they keep me on my toes, and I like to think I keep them busy too.. I would never have guessed I would be working in an office, let alone managing an office, however I wouldn’t change it for the world. My job challenges me daily and for that, I am grateful. I have always been a team player from a young age and MGK is my team”. When Lottie is out of the office, you will often find her walking the blue mile in Wollongong, swimming in the ocean or having coffee with friends.
Samantha Moon – Solicitor
Sam is from a little town outside of Bega on the NSW South Coast. She moved to Wollongong in 2016 for university and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws with a major in International Relations. During her degree she moved to the United States and lived in Boulder, Colorado on exchange for six months. Sam is loving learning from Mel and becoming more experienced in Personal Injury Law. One day she would like to be a leading specialist in personal injury law and become involved with policy development. She believes this is a pro-active way to stop people from being injured in the first place.
Sam first participated in work experience for Melinda at her previous workplace in 2017, she then reached out to Melinda in 2018 who had started Melinda Griffiths Lawyers by then. She began working 2 days a week in August 2019, which quickly turned into full-time work while she finished her degree. Sam commends Melinda and Jeff , who have been a massive support in developing her as a lawyer. “Outside of work I love my sport. I made the jump from Rugby league to AFL a few years ago and am now playing for the Wollongong Uni Bulldogs women’s team. In my spare time I love a little weekend getaway with my partner.”
Katherine Walker – Solicitor
Katherine is passionate about victims’ rights advocacy. She is an active volunteer with the Red Cross and has mentored prisoners during their transition from the criminal justice system to the community. Katherine has completed her PLT studies at The College of Law with interests in compensation and criminal law and her work with Melinda Griffiths Lawyers focuses on historical and institutional abuse. Katie completed her practical legal placement at Soto Chambers working closely with the Principal Barrister on legal research, briefs, and related criminal case work.
Katie has previously worked as a graduate in public policy, advocating for the region of Western Sydney. Katherine graduated with a double degree in Law (Hons) & Communications from Western Sydney University. Her thesis analysed the impact of Justice Reinvestment, focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander juveniles within NSW. She has also studied comparative law in China, and Transitional Justice in South Africa. Katherine aspires to become a barrister. When she is not working, she loves hiking, rock climbing, scuba diving and camping.
Abbey Josling – Law Clerk
Growing up in the country town of Griffith, Abbey is a long way from home but has quickly settled into the Wollongong City lifestyle.
Abbey is a fourth-year student at the University of Wollongong studying a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degree. Abbey started working at Melinda Griffiths Lawyers in 2020 as an intern and has quickly worked her way up to a Law Clerk position.
“I love the ever-changing nature of law, the challenge of problem solving and working with a wide range of clients. My goal is to be become an accredited Solicitor in the coming years, specialising in compensation and commercial law”. Outside of work, Abbey enjoys playing AFL and cricket in the local South Coast women competitions, boxing, running (slowly) and reading a good book.
Lily McGregor – Legal Assistant
Lily has grown up in the Illawarra, only taking a break from being a local to live in Mount Tamborine, QLD for a few years as a child. She is a proud member of the Wollongong community and culture, often engaging in cultural events as a proud Worimi/Biripi woman. With a strong passion for writing and reading, she developed an appreciation for communication in all forms as well as researching interesting facts, as well as currently writing a novel.
The oldest of 7 biological and step siblings, she likes to teach and understand different points of view. Always wanting to do something involving communication – Lily first completed a Certificate II in Information Technology, and a Certificate II in Hospitality at TAFE before going on to the University of Wollongong to complete a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications, double majoring in Marketing and Advertising and Digital Media. At Melinda Griffiths, Lily has started as reception and is now working as a Legal Assistant. When Lily is not working, she often enjoys writing, painting, cooking and a good cup of tea.