Danielle Snell

Co-Founder and Director

Danielle is an award-winning litigator who has worked at several top tier law firms and on many high stakes and high-profile cases.

Biography

Danielle Snell is an award-winning litigator who established her own dynamic litigation firm after 15 years of top-tier practice. She specialises in commercial litigation, insurance litigation and media law; with a special interest in women’s rights.
 
Danielle has acted on many high-profile cases and represents a diverse range of clients including directors, executives, shareholders, professionals, public and sporting figures, members of parliament, companies and associations across a breadth of industries.
 
She is known for acting in complex multi-party legal proceedings, complaints, investigations and inquiries in all jurisdictions including the Federal, Supreme and County Courts, as well as VCAT. Her high success rate of settling cases prior to trial is due to her ability to strategise, navigate the expectations of various stakeholders in litigation and negotiate smart commercial outcomes. She is authentic and charismatic in her dealings with others and combines a deep knowledge of the law with a practical approach to litigation.
 
For her commitments to innovation, high stakes litigation and issues of diversity and inclusion, Danielle is recognised by leading and prestigious industry publications.  Danielle is named ‘Most Influential Lawyer’ by Australasian Lawyer in the category of ‘changemaker’ and was included in the Rising Star Litigation series by Lawyerly which profiles lawyers under 40 whose successes belie their age.  She was recently named ‘Executive of the Year’ finalist by Lawyers Weekly, recognised as an outstanding leader setting the benchmark for excellence in the legal profession. Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell is NewLaw Firm of the Year finalist, as named by Lawyers Weekly.
 
Danielle is a mother, wife, friend and professional who was pregnant at the time she decided to create a truly entrepreneurial law firm that promotes a new way of servicing clients. She has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal sector and for challenging the traditional law firm model in order to provide a more authentic and transparent legal service to clients. She endeavours to create a grow a progressive workplace of the future.
 
Solving conflict issues through collaboration with other lawyers is one of Danielle’s key strengths, becoming the ‘go to’ litigator for conflict referral matters.  She is highly regarded for her ability to collaborate and look after other lawyers’ clients in circumstances where conflict issues arise.
 
Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell was one of the first signatories to the Law Institute of Victoria’s Charter for the Advancement of Women.  Danielle sits on the Law Institute of Victoria’s Litigation Lawyers Executive Committee, Court Practice Committee, Diversity Committee (Sexual Harassment Working Group), chairs women’s legal network groups and is a mentor to young lawyers as part of the Victorian Women Lawyers Professional Mentoring Program.  Danielle is a proficient public speaker and regularly speaks at industry events.

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Awards & Accolades

Executive of the Year - Finalist

This award recognises Danielle as an outstanding leader setting the benchmark for excellence in the legal profession.

Most Influential Lawyer - Changemaker

This esteemed award recognises Danielle’s significant contributions to the legal profession across the areas of innovation, diversity and leadership.

NewLaw Firm of the Year - Finalist

The Lawyers Weekly ‘New Law Firm of the Year’ award recognises “game changers” in the legal profession, with the firm’s make-up and model taking a different approach to the traditional law firm offering.

Litigation Rising Star

This distinguished honour names Danielle Snell amongst top barristers and solicitors under the age of 40 whose successes in high stakes litigation belie their age.

Most Influential Lawyer - Changemaker - Australasian Lawyer (Danielle Snell)

This esteemed award recognises Danielle’s significant contributions to the legal profession across the areas of innovation, diversity and leadership.

Litigation Rising Star - Lawyerly (Danielle Snell)

This distinguished honour names litigators who contribute above and beyond to their profession, becoming “entrepreneurs and mold breakers who have risen by seizing on the uncertain times the cards have dealt them”

Other accomplishments

Danielle has impacted the administration of justice in Victoria and the legal profession by:
 
  • dedicating her practice to issues of Diversity, Inclusion & Equality in the legal sector and developing processes designed to provide a more transparent, compassionate and authentic legal service to clients;
  • representing women in sexual harassment complaints lodged against individuals and employers at the Australian Human Rights Commission under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and the Federal Court of Australia;
  • sitting on the Diversity Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria Sexual Harassment Working Group to promote equality within the legal sector and in particular focus on improvements to eliminate sexual harassment in the legal sector (noting that a study undertaken by the Victorian Legal Services Board in 2019 found a staggering 36 per cent of legal professionals had experienced sexual harassment at work);
  • in her role as member of the Litigation Lawyers Executive Committee and Court Practice Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria, passionately contributing her perspective on wide variety of issues connected with the administration of justice in Victoria including recommendations on law reform, review of Court processes, costs and effects of systems in litigation, fostering among lawyers awareness for continuing legal education and development through innovation;
  • chairing women’s legal network groups focused on assisting the development of female practitioners in the profession and acting as mentor to young legal professionals; and
  • holding membership and participating in events run by Diverse Women in the Law, Victorian Women Lawyers and Women in Insurance. 

Other accomplishments

Danielle has impacted the administration of justice in Victoria and the legal profession by:

dedicating her practice to issues of Diversity, Inclusion & Equality in the legal sector and developing processes designed to provide a more transparent, compassionate and authentic legal service to clients.

representing women in sexual harassment complaints lodged against individuals and employers at the Australian Human Rights Commission under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and the Federal Court of Australia.

sitting on the Diversity Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria Sexual Harassment Working Group to promote equality within the legal sector and in particular focus on improvements to eliminate sexual harassment in the legal sector (noting that a study undertaken by the Victorian Legal Services Board in 2019 found a staggering 36 per cent of legal professionals had experienced sexual harassment at work).

in her role as member of the Litigation Lawyers Executive Committee and Court Practice Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria, passionately contributing her perspective on wide variety of issues connected with the administration of justice in Victoria including recommendations on law reform, review of Court processes, costs and effects of systems in litigation, fostering among lawyers awareness for continuing legal education and development through innovation.

chairing women’s legal network groups focused on assisting the development of female practitioners in the profession and acting as mentor to young legal professionals.

holding membership and participating in events run by Diverse Women in the Law, Victorian Women Lawyers and Women in Insurance. 

Danielle Snell

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

[email protected]
0401 812 885

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"This was a “David v Goliath” fight as our dispute was with a large global corporation. The attention, compassion and guidance that Danielle and the team showed us was absolutely incredible."

CEO & Founder

National mental-health support organisation

We recently instructed Danielle from Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell to help with a legal dispute. As a small purpose led business, this was a “David v Goliath” fight as our dispute was with a large global corporation. This dispute was during a very emotional time as we were in the middle of a global pandemic, Melbourne’s sixth lockdown, homeschooling and no childcare – all while trying to keep our small business alive.

The attention, compassion and guidance that Danielle and the team showed us was absolutely incredible. I have 10 years legal experience myself and even with that, I was reluctant to litigate, especially during such a difficult time. However Danielle always gave us confidence in knowing that she was in our corner and always working for our best interests, so my reluctance was quickly appeased.

Today I am pleased to share that David defeated Goliath and we could not be more thrilled with the result we received thanks to Danielle and the team from Elit Lawyers. Danielle not only saved our company, but ensured that we could continue doing the good work we were previously and helping improve the lives and mental health of mothers across Australia.

I could not recommend Danielle and the team from Elit Lawyers more highly. I am *hoping* that I will never need their services again, but feel very reassured knowing they are there and always in my corner.

Thank you Danielle and team.

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"I consider Robert and Danielle to be “trusted and safe pair of hands” who will respect the originating client relationship."

Senior Partner

Leading Melbourne Law Firm 

For the sake of my own reputation and practice, I always refer conflicted legal matters or those outside my expertise to Elit Lawyers as I consider Robert and Danielle to be “trusted and safe pair of hands” who will respect the originating client relationship.

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"Elit negotiated a settlement which saw all proceedings against my company dismissed, with no order as to costs."

Owner and Managing Director

Major Transport Company

I was recently introduced to Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell by my former lawyers after they were required to cease acting for me due to a conflict of interest. The stakes were high as my company was exposed to multiple court proceedings. Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell impressed me so much. They went that extra mile and were able to negotiate a settlement which saw all proceedings against my company dismissed, with no order as to costs. I can’t thank Elit enough.

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"I was immediately impressed by their ability to assume conduct quickly and get across all the legal issues..."

Senior Victorian Litigator

 

As a senior lawyer working at a national law firm, conflicts come up from time to time. Most recently, I was conflicted from acting for a client when an insurance issue arose.  I referred the client directly to Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell and was immediately impressed by their ability to assume conduct quickly and get across all the legal issues.  My client contacted me a few months after achieving an outstanding result and was very appreciative of the referral to your terrific firm.

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"Danielle is a well-known and respected lawyer who knows how to handle difficult and intensive litigation."

Queens Counsel, Devers List

Victorian Bar

Danielle Snell is a very intelligent and impressive lawyer whom I have worked with in my role as senior counsel on various litigation matters.  She is a well-known and respected lawyer who knows how to handle difficult and intensive litigation.  Danielle combines a deep knowledge of the law across many practice areas with a practical approach to litigation, and is authentic and charismatic in her dealings with others.

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"Danielle and Robert demonstrate outstanding expertise and approach all matters methodically with a clear and practical focus..."

Chief Operations Officer

Peak industry body for fire protection

As Chief Operating Officer it is extremely important to work with lawyers who are easily accessible, honest and trustworthy.  We have briefed Elit Lawyers by McGirr and Snell across various legal disciplines and now use them as our “go to” solicitors.  Danielle and Robert demonstrate outstanding expertise and approach all matters methodically with a clear and practical focus on achieving the best possible result.

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