commercial dispute resolution

Our commercial dispute resolution team has extensive experience in conducting commercial disputes in all State and Federal jurisdictions.We provide strategic advice

intellectual property and trade marks

Our clients are encouraged to recognise the importance of trade marks to their business as valuable assets that enable consumers to distinguish their goods and services from the

Commercial Law

Zervos Lawyers provides advice to clients on all aspects of their commercial transactions. We are committed to delivering effective and successful business solutions tailored to

Property Law

Whether you are an individual or a corporation, Zervos Lawyers can assist in all aspects of a property transaction. We aim to make the process as smooth as possible (seamless).

Hospitality Law

Zervos Lawyers is highly recognised for their experience and expertise in hospitality law. We act on behalf of a number of clients in the hospitality industry including many of

Estate Planning

In today’s ever dynamic and changing commercial environment, it is necessary for clients to receive the appropriate strategic advice with respect to their asset protection and w

workplace relations and employment law

Our workplace relations and employment law team has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law. We work with clients in multiple sectors throughout every aspect of th

Entertainment Law

Zervos Lawyers provides legal advice in a range of industries relating to entertainment law. Our clients include venue owners, TV personalities, film & TV producers, documentary

Our People

Nicolas Zervos
Principal (B.Comm, LLB)

Nicolas Zervos is regarded as a highly respected specialist lawyer in the areas of hospitality, liquor licensing, gaming and commercial law.

He was admitted into practice in 1980. Nicolas is a hands-on lawyer who represents a large number of commercial clients. At the same time, he has built a comprehensive and strong legal team who are renowned for their client service and expertise.

The firm has maintained strong and ongoing relationships with its established clients. Nicolas adopts the view that a client's interests need to be preserved and that it is important for lawyers to have a full appreciation and understanding of the businesses conducted by clients.

Nicolas' experience has not been limited to private practice and he has been actively involv

Georgia Milonas
Consultant (BA, LLB), Lawyer and Registered Trade Marks Attorney

Georgia Milonas is a Consultant with Zervos Lawyers and was admitted to practice in 2000.

In 2013, Georgia became a registered Trade Marks Attorney, and specialises in a broad range of intellectual property matters including trade mark clearance filing and prosecution, trade mark oppositions, trade mark maintenance and trade mark infringement.

Georgia also provides advice in relation to other areas of intellectual property law including: rights persisting in unregistered trade marks; copyright protection; design registration and protection; domain name registration; licensing and the assignment of trade marks.

Georgia has assisted clients in relation to their intellectual property from a broad range of industries, including hospitality, home wares, beve

Ravak Seyed Ahmad
Senior Associate (LLB/LP.B.Com.)

Ravak was admitted to practice in 2005. She joined the team at Zervos Lawyers in January 2012, focusing on commercial dispute resolution and litigation. She leads the dedicated commercial dispute resolution team at the firm.

Ravak has extensive experience in conducting litigious matters in the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates Court, Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court. This experience spans across shareholder disputes, commercial disputes, breach of contracts, insolvency, bankruptcy, disputes involving the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, breach of fiduciary duties, disputes regarding trusts and matters involving misleading and deceptive conduct.

Ravak strives to obtain the best commercial outcome for her

Damian Ballan
Special Counsel (LLB & BEC)

Damian was admitted as a lawyer in 2003 and joins Zervos Lawyers having recently practised as a Barrister at the Victorian Bar. Damian is experienced, provides advice and is able to assist clients with their corporate, commercial and business law enquiries. Some areas Damian can assist clients in include:

- Leases;

- Sale/Purchase of Business;

- Shareholders Agreements;

- Partnership Agreements;

- Property Transactions;

- Trusts;

- and Licensing matters.

He also has considerable experience and has appeared and/or instructed in most Commonwealth and Victorian Courts and Tribunals as a litigation lawyer. Damian’s extensive litigation and alternative dispute resolution knowledge and common sense attitude provide him with sound judgment, which his

Stefan De Palma
Associate [LLB(Hons)]

Stefan De Palma graduated with Honours in Law from Deakin University and was admitted to practice in March 2013.

He joined the commercial dispute resolution team at Zervos Lawyers in June 2014 with a focus and experience in commercial litigation and commercial and business law.

Stefan understands business and has broad exposure to a variety of general civil litigation disputes, building and construction disputes, debt recovery matters, disputes arising from commercial transactions and enforcement proceedings.

Stefan is skilled in dealing with complex civil and financial matters and in developing a clear understanding of his clients' needs and desired outcomes.

T: +61 3 9865 8900
E: stefand@ze

Nicholas Driver
Lawyer (B.Envs, J.D.)

Nicholas Driver graduated from the University of Melbourne Law School in 2014. Prior to this Nicholas completed a Bachelor of Environments with a major in Environmental Policy, also at the University of Melbourne. Nicholas commenced his legal traineeship with Zervos Lawyers was admitted to practice in June 2016. Nicholas’ previous experience, in particular his role as a Legal Research Clerk to a number of senior barristers including Martin Scott QC and Sturt Glacken QC provided him with exposure to a broad range of legal matters including commercial, native title, intellectual property and sports law matters in both State and Federal jurisdictions. At Zervos Lawyers, Nicholas sits within the Commercial Litigation and Disputes team specialising in contract disputes and debt re

Jo McCutcheon
Legal Executive (BB)

Jo joined Zervos Lawyers in January 2008 after obtaining considerable experience working for a major city law firm. Her expertise focuses on conveyancing and mortgage and probate matters. She is an integral part of the property and Wills division at Zervos Lawyers, with particular expertise and experience in aspects of Wills and estate law.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (RMIT) in 2000 and she is also a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria).

She is passionate in providing excellent legal service for her clients and meeting necessary deadlines and expectations in a timely manner.

T: +61 3 9865 8900

Anna Chaimalas
Executive Assistant

The backbone of the firm, Anna Chaimalas is the Executive Assistant to Principal Nicolas Zervos. She has spent 30 years working with Nicolas and is an integral part of the Zervos Lawyers office.

She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the firm, providing solid support for the team at Zervos Lawyers. Her professionalism and commitment to the firm comes with years of experience. Anna is renowned for her personable approach with clients who immediately feel welcome and comfortable when visiting Zervos Lawyers.

T: +61 3 9865 8900

Diandra Zervos
Personal Assistant [B.Comm]

Diandra Zervos commenced with Zervos Lawyers on a part time basis while completing her university studies. In 2012 she started full time as a Personal Assistant.

She is Personal Assistant to Stefan De Palma.

Diandra's dedication and commitment has seen her become an integral part of the IP and commercial team. Diandra has rapidly developed skills in assisting in the preparation of complex applications for registration of local and international trade marks, and trade mark oppositions. Diandra also assists in the preparation of leases, Wills and liquor licensing applications, and liaising with clients on behalf of Georgia and Gab.

Diandra's friendly demeanour and strong work ethic have been valuable assets to the Zervos team. Her efficient nature and

Melissa Cockram

Melissa joined Zervos Lawyers in Oct 2016 as Practice Manager. She has had over 25 years’ experience in business management including industries such as:
and Thoroughbred Racing in Victoria.

Her professionalism, compassion and commitment is drawn from spending the last 10 years working in a mid-tiered Commercial Law firm in Melbourne’s CBD. She provided support for the business in finance, human resources, marketing and IT. Melissa manages our firms’ day-to-day business operations including the Human Resources aspects within the firm. With her strong legal management knowledge, she will be providing support to all our staff both in professional development and matter workflow. She is also our key contact for any queries in r

Chelsea Vermeulen

Chelsea Vermeulen has worked in administration within the legal industry for past few years initially in Perth before moving to Melbourne in 2015 where she worked in legal recruitment.  
In July 2016 Chelsea joined Zervos Lawyers as the Receptionist until she was offered the opportunity of another role.
Chelsea is now the Personal Assistant to the Litigation team which currently includes supporting Damian Ballan and Nicholas Driver. Chelsea provides this team with admin support including managing calendars, taking dictation, collating Briefs to Counsel, drafting legal and Court documents and legal document management.
Chelsea is motivated and passionate about her work and enjoys new challenges.

Some of our Loyal clients include
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