Danielle Fox – Joint National Coordinator
T: 0427 105 398.
Danielle has a background in business studies and is currently completing a Diploma in Law through the Legal Profession Admission Board.
She has worked within the legal profession across 2 inner city general law firms in Sydney for a total of over 6 years, in the positions of office manager, secretary and paralegal.
Danielle has always had a passion for animal rights and dedicates her free time to volunteering at animal shelters and with animal rescue.
Dani has skills and networking abilities that enable her to engage corporations to run events in support of multiple animal rescues around Sydney.
Danielle’s devotion and dedication to the humane treatment of animals and their well-being has driven her toward pursuing a career within animal law. Danielle’s ambition is to provide a legal voice for animals both in Australia and around the world.
Antonio-Carlos Benzano – Joint National Coordinator
M: 0424 414 480
Antonio has an investment banking background, having worked in financial markets for the past ten years within several leading global investment banks and financial institutions. Antonio holds a Bachelor Degree in Business, Majoring in Finance and International Business, and is currently undergoing a Diploma in Law through the Legal Professional Admission Board.
Antonio is also a member of the NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Committee and has volunteered with many animal welfare organisations. He is committed to the pursuit of animal rights and welfare both domestically and internationally.
Jennifer Timms – Joint New South Wales Coordinator
T: 0411 558 084
Andelka Obradovic – Joint New South Wales Coordinator
T: 0411 058 379
Andelka has a health background in occupational therapy and was admitted to legal practice in Victoria in July 2017. Andelka continues to work as an occupational therapist part time and volunteers part time in two community legal centres in Melbourne while looking for a fulltime lawyer role.
Andelka has a long standing passion for social justice and animal welfare issues and successfully self-represented in her own case involving a pet. This gave her the confidence to pursue a law degree and assist vulnerable individuals who are not able to advocate for themselves as she was able to.
When she has time Andelka volunteers at a sanctuary for farm animals and helps a friend running a wildlife shelter. Andelka has two rescue dogs who keep her fit.
Following completion of her two year supervision period Andelka’s ambition is to become a member of the BAWP counsel.
Katrina Sharman International Coordinator
Katrina Sharman is an experienced commercial, corporate and not-for-profit lawyer.
She is the former Corporate Counsel for Voiceless, the animal protection institute. Prior to assuming that role in 2004, she worked as a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers. Formerly Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Animal Rights Committee.
She is also a former member of the Animal Research Review Panel (NSW) and the National Health & Medical Research Council, Animal Welfare Committee.
Katrina has spoken about animal law issues at numerous conferences. She delivered a keynote lecture at the 18th Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and also spoke at the ‘Future of Animal Law Conference’ (Harvard Law School, 2007). Katrina has contributed to numerous publications including ‘Animal Law in Australasia’
(The Federation Press, 2009) and ‘Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand’ (Thomson Reuters, 2010). In 2009, Sharman was included in Australasian Legal Business Magazine’s showcase of top 20 in-house Lawyers. Previously Katrina was shortlisted as Australian Corporate Lawyers Association In-house Lawyer Young Achiever of the Year.
South Australian Coordinator
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Joana Fuller – Former Chair
Joana Fuller was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1994 and has been practising as a barrister at Bar Chambers since August 1997. She specialises in traffic law but her general practice is in criminal law and she regularly appears in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Court of South Australia in both the trial and appellate jurisdiction. Joana also appears as counsel for the RSPCA in prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act 1985 and has appeared as counsel for Animal Liberation in civil and criminal proceedings.
Joana is the Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia and has held this position since the inception of the Committee in February 2010. The Animal Law Committee is a specialist Committee established by the Law Society of South Australia to represent the interests of the Society and the profession in legal regulation of the relationships between animals and people and other entities or organisations (“Animal Law”).
Joana Fuller is:
– The legal member of the Review Committee established under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.
-The author of the Thomsons looseleaf service Motor Vehicle Law South Australia.
– A member of the RAAF and holds the rank of SQNLDR in the RAAF Specialist Reserve and;
– Has been vegetarian since she was 11 years old and a vegan since 2010.
Lisa Dazkiw – Western Australian Coordinator
T: 0419 001 891
Lisa has had a long term interest in the plight of animals and animal welfare generally. This interest is what initially inspired to her embark on a career in law, with a view to one day practising in the field of animal law. Lisa currently works as an in-house lawyer at an international services company, and has a largely commercial background. She believes that through law there is an opportunity to improve on animal welfare standards, and to assist in shaping legislation to move with the community’s animal welfare expectations.
Antonio-Carlos Benzano – acting Tasmanian coordinator
T: 0424 414 480
Deborah Brackenreg – Northern Territory Coordinator
Deborah Brackenreg is a solicitor admitted in the NT in 2007. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and psychology from University QLD. Deborah has been on the RSPCA Darwin Committee and set up the cruelty inspectorate in NT, acted as an NT government gazetted cruelty inspector after training with RSPCA QLD.
She has been a member of the Charles Darwin University Animal Ethics Committee for the past 5 years. As part of her role she inspects cattle properties and other research projects/places in fisheries; cattle production and wildlife research.
She was trained in cattle loading for overseas export by AQIS and was part of QLD RSPCA biggest seizure of animals in 1996.
In her career, she has been a family violence and child protection solicitor that traveled with the bush circuit into remote NT Communities for court and would prepare court documents under a tree.
More recently she has been on a contract with the NT Department of Health as a Public Guardian where she makes decisions for clients who are legally unable to. She has been a builder for the past 6 months on a renovation for some Burmese friends but is getting ready to re-enter paid employment. She is passionate about all and any animals/wildlife and excited about the new opportunities we are about to embark on with BAWP.
Krissy Macintosh – Australian Capital Territory Coordinator
Krissy’s passion for animals has been with her as long as she can remember but began to devote time to animal advocacy in Queensland where she did a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of International Relations at Bond University.
Trying to find a way to use the skills she had learned throughout her courses to help those who couldn’t speak for themselves, she took up Animal Law and has never looked back, leading an ethical lifestyle from then on and adopting her first dog, Molly, in 2011. Krissy is passionate about fighting for better conditions for farm animals and tougher penalties for animal cruelty.
Katrina Kluss – Queensland Coordinator
Katrina is a barrister practising in Queensland, primarily in the areas of insurance and administrative law. She holds degrees in Law (with honours) and Psychological Science, and is presently completing her PhD in law at the University of Queensland on a part-time basis. Prior to being called to the Bar, Katrina practised as a solicitor in the private and public sectors. In 2014, she completed an internship as an Animal Law and Policy Intern with an international organisation in Brussels, Belgium where she was involved in working groups for the European Parliament in relation to important animal welfare issues relevant to the European Union.
In addition to her role with the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel, Katrina volunteers as counsel with the Animal Law Institute, and provides pro bono services to the Bar Association of Queensland’s Migration Law panel and the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House. She is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland, the Australian Insurance Law Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy.
Katie Valenta – Victorian Coordinator
M: 0424 91 6638
Katie Valenta graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently completing the final year of her Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.
She is a co-founder of the Animal Law Collective at the University of Melbourne, a non-profit organisation which is committed to the improvement of animal welfare through legal education and legislative reform. In 2014, Katie competed in the inaugural Animal Law Moot at Bond University.
Jennifer Timms – Communications and Administration
Contact 0411 558 084