Most Influential Lawyers profile: Danielle Snell

Danielle Snell is one of Australia’s star litigators who established her own dynamic litigation firm after 15 years of top and mid-tier practice. She specialises in commercial and insurance litigation and media law.

A born litigator, Danielle has acted on many high-profile cases and represents a diverse range of clients including directors, executives, shareholders, professionals, parliamentary officials, public figures, companies and associations. She is known for acting in multi-party legal proceedings, complaints, investigations and inquiries in all jurisdictions. Danielle has a high success rate of settling cases prior to trial due to her ability to navigate the expectations of various stakeholders in litigation, strategise and negotiate smart commercial outcomes.

Danielle is one of Australia’s only litigators with extensive experience acting for major Australian and international insurers that can also act against insurance companies on behalf of business and individual policy holders. She also has a special interest in professional negligence and women’s rights.

Solving conflict issues through collaboration with other lawyers is another of Danielle’s key strengths. Danielle has become the ‘go to’ litigator for conflict referral matters due to her ability to collaborate and look after other lawyers’ clients in circumstances where conflict issues arise.

Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danielle’s firm challenges the traditional law firm model in order to provide a transparent and authentic legal service to clients. Danielle believes that people involved in litigation should be at the centre of solutions and it’s about the journey for them during the litigation process rather than only the outcome. It is for that reason that Danielle’s firm has superior efficiency in e-litigation and offers clients a web-enabled client portal to allow them to directly connect with their litigation file 24/7.

Issues of Diversity, Inclusion & Equality in the legal sector are important to Danielle. She is a wife, mother, friend and professional who was pregnant as the time she decided to create an entrepreneurial firm that promotes a new way of servicing clients and embraces the unexpected freedoms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Danielle was recently named by Lawyerly Media as a ‘Litigation Rising Star’ in recognition of her successes in high-stakes litigation that belie her age. Danielle’s firm, Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell, is a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly inaugural awards for ‘NewLaw Firm of the Year’.

Danielle’s profile page on the Australasian Lawyer website can be found here.

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Danielle Snell

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Robert McGirr

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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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