Our experienced team

Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danielle Snell and Robert McGirr have come together to form an innovative and dynamic law firm.

Meet our highly skilled team putting you, the client, at the centre of everything we do.

About us

Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell was founded in November 2020 by award-winning litigator Danielle Snell and industry veteran Robert McGirr. Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, our firm disrupts the traditional law firm model by offering an innovative and progressive delivery model to provide a truly authentic and transparent client experience. Our firm is recognised as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for 2021 in the category of ‘NewLaw Firm of the Year’.

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.

She has a passion for promoting Diversity, Inclusion & Equality in the sector and for challenging the traditional law firm model in order to provide a more transparent and authentic legal service to clients.

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0401 812 885

Robert McGirr

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

Rob, an industry veteran, was admitted to practice in 1978 and became one of the Victoria’s first Accredited Commercial Litigation Specialists in 1993.

Rob has over 40 years experience in the legal industry as a Senior Partner responsible for commercial litigation and insurance legal teams.

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0413 944 023

Our team

Danielle Snell

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

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0401 812 885

Robert McGirr

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

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0413 944 023

Vanessa Mahon

ASSOCIATE LAWYER

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0413 421 381

Jin Zhou

HEAD OF ACCOUNTS

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03 9098 8646

Jonathan Rogic

PARALEGAL

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03 9098 8646

Shanaya Jayaweera

PARALEGAL & LEGAL ASSISTANT

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03 9098 8646

Nicola Callis

RESEARCH CLERK

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03 9098 8646

Toni Di Fiore

LEGAL SECRETARY

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03 9098 8646

Niki Patterson

MARKETING MANAGER

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03 9098 8646

Alex Colquhoun

HEAD OF IT

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03 9098 8646

Toni Di Fiore

LEGAL SECRETARY

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03 9098 8646

Niki Patterson

MARKETING MANAGER

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03 9098 8646

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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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"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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"Danielle demonstrated a refreshing and unique ability to narrow the issues, and succinctly explain complex matters."

General Counsel

Leading home building company

Having worked alongside Danielle in litigation matters I have found her approach to be thorough and strategic.  In particular, Danielle demonstrated a refreshing and unique ability to narrow the issues, and succinctly explain complex matters.

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