The Elit Journey

Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell was founded in November 2020 by award-winning litigator Danielle Snell and industry veteran Robert McGirr.
When the firm launched, Danielle Snell was 7 months pregnant with her second child and Robert McGirr was returning from a sabbatical after having worked in a Melbourne CBD office for over 40 years.

Our team has seamlessly adapted to a progressive working style and is made up of individuals from all different backgrounds and age-groups who balance their passion for the law with a range of responsibilities, including caring for young children and disabled family members, sitting in board positions, and older staff transitioning into reduced hours.

Our clients are at the centre of our firm and bespoke technology solutions, which promote transparency, accountability and real time management.

Running multi-million dollar litigation in the confines of her dining room during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown, award winning litigator Danielle Snell knew the law industry would never be the same again. She approached former colleague, industry veteran Robert McGirr, with a vision to create a truly entrepreneurial, future focussed and progressive law firm.

Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell seeks to disrupt the traditional law firm model by combining flexible work practices with a dynamic virtual environment to create an authentic and transparent client experience.

We provide tailored solutions to clients in our core areas of speciality, commercial disputes, insurance litigation and media and defamation law. We also have a special interest in issues of diversity and inclusion.

Our team regularly act in multi-party legal proceedings, complaints, investigations and inquiries in all Australian jurisdictions; and proudly represent a diverse client base, comprising directors, executives, shareholders, professionals, private individuals, public figures, companies, leading industry bodies and associations.

We are committed to technology which empowers clients, enabling them to be part of the team and journey rather than being removed from it. We provide personalised support through a 24/7 web-enabled portal which directly connects clients to their relevant transaction and documents. Our ‘Scenario Plan’ also provides certainty to litigation clients by providing a journey map to illustrate the various ways in which their matter may unfold and the steps required to achieve their stated objective whilst managing the risks involved.

Our team is comprised of highly experienced professionals who embrace our flexible work culture, enabling them to collaborate and deliver excellent client service without compromising on their personal commitments. With a surge in new client files and the attraction of our agile and adaptive working model to prospective employees, we quickly expanded our team from our two co-founders, Danielle and Robert, to 10 employees within a 6 month period. We are proudly a genuine equal opportunity employer that promotes a diverse and inclusive workplace that aligns with our clients’ own ethos.

Our firm was recently named a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law awards for NewLaw Firm of the Year. Co-Founder and Director Danielle Snell has received prestigious recognition from leading industry publications, including being named ‘Most Influential Lawyer’ by Australasian Lawyer in the category of ‘changemaker’ and 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 in the Women in Law awards by Lawyers Weekly.

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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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