Danielle Snell

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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

Danielle Snell. Managing Partner of the Year.

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.
 
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 and 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.
 
Awards & accolades

For her commitments to innovation, high stakes litigation and issues of diversity and inclusion, Danielle is recognised by leading and prestigious industry publications.

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Awards & Accolades

Law Firm Leader of the Year <100 employees

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

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.

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.

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 MANAGING PARTNER

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0401 812 885

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"Danielle's dedication and expertise was outstanding and made a significant impact on the case, leading to an outcome we were very pleased with."

CEO and Director

Technology Sector

Danielle Snell and the Elit team represented our company in a restraint of trade case issued in the Federal Court of Australia concerning a former senior executive of our company breaching his employment contract and duties by allegedly soliciting clients and staff from our company to set up a competing business.

Danielle’s strategic acumen in the litigation was impressive. She maintained clear, practical and consistent communication throughout the process, keeping me informed of every development. Her dedication and expertise was outstanding and made a significant impact on the case, leading to an outcome we were very pleased with.

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"Danielle's guidance was invaluable. I highly recommend Danielle, Robert and the Elit team for their dedicated, expert and supportive approach to commercial litigation."

Managing Director

Finance and Infrastructure Sector

Danielle represented me when I was a key witness in a significant construction case spanning across 12 weeks.

I was required to give evidence in the litigation which involved me being cross-examined by senior counsel over 2 days. Danielle’s guidance was invaluable. She provided clear direction and advice about the technical and practical aspects of giving evidence and instilled confidence in me throughout the process. Her expertise and unwavering support during this time was pivotal.

I highly recommend Danielle, Robert and the Elit team for their dedicated, expert and supportive approach to commercial litigation.

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"I just wanted to thank you all for the hard work and dedication you put into my Workcover case. A special thanks to Aggie whom I'm glad I chose to support me."

Personal Injury

Shane

I just wanted to thank you all for the hard work and dedication you put into my Workcover case.

A special thanks to Aggie whom I’m glad I chose to support me and give me the step by step instructions on how to go about proving my case for a result in my favour.

Thanks again for all your advice.

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"Aggie is the best lawyer in Common Law Claims I have ever worked with. Aggie helped me achieve an extraordinary outcome."

Common Law Claim

Ian

Aggie is the best lawyer in Common Law Claims I have ever worked with. Having seen a couple of large Law Firms l felt let down, being quickly shown the front door. Luckily for me a friend suggested seeing Aggie Vlahos (Partner).

Having engaged Aggie Vlahos gave me the confidence to continue with the injuries l knew were caused by heavy physical and repetitive work. I am also indebted to Brendan Johnson (Barrister) for his outstanding efforts!

She explained everything in a way I could easily understand and always got back to me quickly when I had questions even outside her working hours.

Aggie helped me achieve an extraordinary outcome. However, only charged fair fees.

If someone is seeking a legal help, I highly recommend Aggie Vlahos and Elit Lawyers.

P.S. Thanks to you so much Aggie

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"I had the good luck to be recommended to Aggie Vlahos for handling my Estate Litigation Case. Through Aggie I achieved a very satisfying result."

Estate Litigation

Jan

I had the good luck to be recommended to Aggie Vlahos for handling my Estate Litigation Case. She was always available to me, no matter how big or small my concern was. She was kind, patient, easy to talk to and very understanding regarding my troubles.

The case was resolved within only 5 months, which I was grateful for. Through Aggie I achieved a very satisfying result.

I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.

 

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"If you want a safe, caring, professional group of lawyers and company, look no further than Aggie Vlahos and Elit Lawyers."

Family Law Matter

Michael

Thank you to Aggie Vlahos (Partner) and the staff at Elit Law, also James Eley (Barrister). You did a marvelous job in representing me in relation to my family matter and most importantly caring about me and providing a secure environment for me to navigate a very difficult situation.

The result you achieved was nothing short of amazing. The professionalism displayed on the day by Aggie and James blew me away. With their invaluable guidance and support we achieved a extremely favourable result.

If you want a safe, caring, professional group of lawyers and company, look no further than Elit Lawyers.

Great people, Great Service, Great Company.

 

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