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Key Staff


In addition to the staff below, James McConvill & Associates engages consultants and barristers to assist our clients with expert legal advice to suit their needs.


James McConvill is the founder and Principal of James McConvill & Associates. James has over 15 years post-admission experience in the law. James holds an honours degree in Law and a PhD from Deakin University in Melbourne. He has published several articles in Australia and overseas in leading family law journals, including the International Journal of Law, Policy & the Family published by Oxford University Press in the UK.

James has particular expertise with mediation of disputes, and preparation of Binding Financial Agreements to settle the distribution of property (especially where businesses are involved) in family law matters.

Joseph Carbone

Joseph Carbone is a Senior Associate with the firm, bring a wealth of experience from an earlier career in business.

Joseph has developed a practice that focuses in particular on business and property matters, both in relation to family law and general commercial and civil claims. He is also committed to alternative dispute resolution and to the use of parenting plans and binding financial agreements as alternatives to family law proceedings.

Carmel Torney

Carmel is an Accredited Family Law Specialist. Carmel obtained Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics at the Northern Territory University in 1999. Subsequently, Carmel went on to obtain a Master of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and then a Master of Business Administration from Edith Cowan University. In 2011, Carmel completed her examinations (written and practical) to qualify as an Accredited Family Law Specialist. Carmel is admitted to both the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Carmel initially she practised in the area of worker’s compensation and insurance litigation with a large Darwin law firm, before obtaining a management position in a large national firm which included work in human resources, employment and compensation issues and compliance with policies and procedures.
Carmel in 2008 returned to work as a lawyer. Since that time, she has predominately practised in Family Law together with Wills, Estate Planning and Deceased Estates matters. Carmel is passionate about helping her clients navigate the obstacles of dealing with arrangements for children and property after separation or dealing with difficulties that arise out of co-parenting. Carmel is an enthusiastic scuba diver and this passion combines well with her love of travel. You will often hear Carmel planning her next holiday to some exotic location.

Julie Asher
Julie Asher

Julie Asher is a Senior Associate with the firm, bringing extensive business experience from her prior career in project and contract management. In her career as a lawyer Julie has developed expertise in family law, particularly in property matters. She is interested in resolution of matters via alternative dispute resolution, and has experience with drafting and resolving Binding Financial Agreements and Parenting Plans as alternatives to court proceedings. Prior to working at James McConvill & Associates, she worked at a generalist law firm where she worked in family law, wills and estates, litigation and conveyancing. Julie has a keen interest in social justice and volunteered at the St Kilda Legal Service, she is also a member of Victorian Women Lawyers-Justice Committee and the French-Australian Lawyers Society. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, travelling, painting, reading and cooking.

Adrian Barbaro
Ji Choi

Ji Choi is a Senior Associate with the firm, having obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato (NZ). Ji was admitted to the New Zealand High Court as a barrister and solicitor and to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a lawyer.

Ji has a Commercial Law and Wills & Estates background but more recently gained experience in Family law, Criminal law and Dispute litigation. Ji is bilingual and speaks fluent English and Korean.

Adrian Barbaro
Adrian Barbaro

Adrian Barbaro is a Senior Associate with the firm. Adrian has a criminal and civil law background but more recently has gained considerable experience in family law.

Adrian graduated from Murdoch University in 2012 with a Bachelors in Law and Politics and International Studies. He graduated from the College of Law at the end of 2013 and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in February 2014.
Prior to commencing with James McConvill & Associates, Adrian began his career in the rural city of Albany practicing in a busy civil and commercial law firm until moving back to Perth to practice criminal, civil and family law at a national firm.

Adrian has gained significant Court exposure throughout his legal career and has a friendly, yet authoritative and professional approach with clients. He is a resourceful individual with the ability to assess all issues to effectively protect clients and applicable stakeholders across all backgrounds. He prides himself on client service and dedication to clients' needs, delivering the best possible results.

Sonya Nordling
Sonya Nordling

Sonya Nordling is a Lawyer with the firm, having obtained her Bachelor of Laws, Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University in Queensland in 2014. She was admitted as Lawyer by the Supreme Court of Queensland in February 2015, after obtaining her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from QUT.

Sonya began her career in Personal Injuries working for one of the leading Defendant firms in Brisbane prior to joining James McConvill & Associates. In 2017 she began her career in Family Law and is very passionate about resolving matters without the need for court proceedings.


Rebecca Cann is the Manager of James McConvill & Associates.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major) from the University of Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma of Accounting (with Honours) from Kingscliff TAFE on the Gold Coast.

Rebecca has an immense amount of accounting and book-keeping experience, with both professional services firms and retail/wholesale enterprises. She also has a number of years of practical experience as a paralegal, with particular expertise in family law paralegal work.

Krysten Basso

Krysten is our Associate Business Manager and works alongside Rebecca Cann to Manage our Accounts Department. Prior to Krysten joining the firm, she previously worked in the Real Estate Industry for the past 11 years looking after the day to day administration for the agencies sales staff. Her extensive Administration/Business Management experience and knowledge is an asset to the firm.

Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill is a Lawyer with the firm. Catherine obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

Since being admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Catherine has practised primarily in family law. She has experience in a wide range of family law issues including parenting matters, financial settlements, and child relocation issues. She appreciates the sensitive nature of family law, and that each client’s needs and circumstances are individual to them, and she works with them to achieve the best possible outcome. Catherine also has gained valuable experience in the areas of wills and probate and criminal law. Prior to working at James McConvill & Associates, she worked at a generalist law firm where she worked in family law, wills and estates, litigation and conveyancing. Catherine has a keen interest in social justice, and is a member of both the General Family Law and General Criminal Law Panels for Legal Aid New South Wales.

Prior to working in law, Catherine worked in publishing in both London and New York. She grew up in Paris and speaks and writes fluent French. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, cooking and travelling.

Maka Atanasov
Maka Atanasov

Maka Atanasov is a Lawyer with the firm, having obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University with First Class Honours. She was admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2016, after obtaining her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Australian National University. Maka completed her Dissertation thesis at University on the efficacy of econometric research in to the death penalty in the United States. She has a particular interest in Family Law and Criminal Law both on a domestic and international scale. Her passion for international law has enabled her to work with James McConvill & Associates in the United States at their Florida branch. In her spare time, Maka enjoys playing indoor and outdoor competitive soccer and cooking dishes from various cultural backgrounds.

Maka Atanasov
Adam Arness

Adam Arness is a Lawyer with the firm, having obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Monash University in 2014. He was admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in August 2014, after having acquired his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

Adam prides himself on his research and writing skills, illustrated by him having been awarded a Monash Law School Prize in 2011 for International Environmental Law. Adam gained early experience in the not-for-profit sector, previously serving as an officer bearer for various associations whereby he advised on legal compliance whilst dealing with various external stakeholders, and is also one of the youngest Directors of a Community Bank in Australia. Aided by such experiences and commercial acumen, Adam has also worked within an independent government organisation, as well as several generalist law firms in the areas of employment law, wills and estates and family law.

Most recently, Adam was instructing solicitor in a large civil litigation trial in the County Court of Victoria, covering a broad range of legal issues. Adam has a passion for achieving the best outcomes for his clients based on the understanding that their issues and desired outcomes are inherently different and thus, require tailored solutions.

Maka Atanasov
Reem Al Bahadiri

Reem Al Bahadiri is a Lawyer with the firm, having obtained her Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2014. She was admitted as Lawyer by the Supreme Court of Western Australia in November 2015, after obtaining her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law Australia.

Reem has previously worked for a non-for profit organisation and prior to her employment with James McConvill and Associates, she was employed by a national firm and was practicing in Family, Criminal, Traffic and Civil Law. She is very passionate about Family Law. Reem is bilingual and speaks Fluent English and Arabic. In her spare time, Reem likes to travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Gary Mrocki

Gary is a Lawyer with the firm. Gary has an extensive background in consumer and commercial finance as a finance broker / consultant for 30 years. Gary also lectures at a university level in Sports Law involving negligence, contract, drugs, restraint of trade and criminal law in sport. Gary is also a current PHD student and enrolled to undertake a short course Masters of Sports Law.

Prior to joining James McConvill and Associates Gary was employed for 6 months by the South Australian Government as a legal secretary to five senior Crown solicitors within the Department of Planning Transport and infrastructure as well as a legal intern with the Football Federation Australia in Sydney. Outside of work, Gary enjoys AFL soccer, cricket and golf.

Angela Crawford

Angela Crawford is a Paralegal for the firm. Angela has more than 22 years’ experience as a paralegal, and has provided legal support in all phases of litigation (including trial preparation and support) involving family law, contract and business matters, personal injury, and professional liability. She is an experienced project manager and is trained to effectively and cost-effectively implement complex litigation support, including document management, review and e-discovery.

Angela has worked and travelled overseas to work with international clients managing voluminous document productions with a team of lawyers and paralegals on several different occasions.

Angela completed a Bachelor in Political Science at University of North Carolina and completed the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Studies course in January 1994.

Kylie Fowler

Kylie is a Law Clerk with the firm.

In 2009 Kylie finished a teaching degree at Newcastle University. After years of teaching she decided to follow her dream of becoming a lawyer and embark on working in the legal profession. Kylie completed years of volunteer work while studying a Bachelors of Laws at Southern Cross University. She graduated in October 2017 and was honoured to present the Graduates Speech at the Graduation Ceremony. Kylie is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Kylie is interested in all areas of law, but particularly family law. She is committed to assisting clients navigate their legal issues, providing support to the lawyers at James McConvill and Associates. Kylie appreciates the importance of an understanding ear to be able to deliver the most efficient legal services to our clients.

Stuart Amos

Stuart Amos is a Law Clerk with the firm and is currently completing his Bachelor of Laws degree at Bond University. During his law studies, he has participated in various mooting events and enjoys advocacy. Stuart is focusing on Family Law and working towards completing the qualifications to be able to conduct Family Dispute Resolution.

Prior to commencing his Law degree, Stuart has been in various senior management roles within the wine industry and Managing Director of his own consultancy company. Stuart has commenced his professional career as a legal assistant/paralegal at James McConvill & Associates and brings with him a mature outlook and professional approach. He has perfected many skills that are essential in a legal career such as time-management, attention to detail, researching and analytical skills. Stuart applies these skills in his work by his dedication to taking on various tasks within the firm and providing excellent client satisfaction.

Khaled Wahab

Khaled Wahab is a Law Clerk with James McConvill and Associates. Khaled holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Bond University and is currently completing his Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada. During his time at Bond University, Khaled founded the Bond University Mooting Association. Khaled was also the Senior Legal Adviser at Bond University’s Commercial Law Clinic.

Khaled has acquired knowledge and practical legal skills in a wide range of practice areas including family law, commercial law, intellectual property, municipal law, criminal law, and traffic offences.

Khaled works with lawyers and paraprofessionals at all levels at James McConvill and Associates’ offices across the country. Khaled’s enterprising spirit, versatility, and passion for the law, complemented by his professional, academic and volunteer experiences demonstrate his valuable contribution to the firm.