Our Criminal Defence Lawyers
Dribbin & Brown Criminal Defence Lawyers Melbourne:
The Criminal Defence Lawyers at Dribbin & Brown are here because they share the same values and singular focus on favourable client outcomes that David Dribbin and Michael Brown had when they first established the firm. Our highly valued criminal defence lawyers and support staff strive to maintain and build the trusted name and reputation enjoyed by Dribbin & Brown, by consistently demonstrating attention to detail, superior advocacy, excellent forensic judgement and outstanding customer service for all our clients.
David Dribbin | Criminal Defence Lawyer | Melbourne | Moorabbin
One of the founding partners of Dribbin and Brown, David was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1982 and as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1995.
Having practised law for over 35 years David has extensive experience as a criminal defence lawyer, encompassing a wide range of offences, from traffic and summary offences to major indictable charges.
Taking pride in a hands-on approach to his matters, David has been praised by many of his clients for his professional yet empathetic approach and his commitment to their defence.
The combination of his attitude and experience have enabled David to obtain outstanding outcomes for his clients, many of whom have been referred to him by his previous clients.
Michael Brown | Criminal Defence Lawyer | Melbourne | Frankston
Michael has been practising as a criminal defence lawyer for over 10 years, and is one of the founding partners at Dribbin and Brown.
Attaining the qualification of Specialist in Criminal Law (Law Institute of Victoria) means that Michael’s expertise is highly sought after when representing his clients in this area of the law.
With substantial experience in criminal law, Michael has volunteered his services at community legal centres and has many years of previous practice in a wide and varied range of criminal law matters.
Regularly praised by his clients for “going the extra mile”, Michael is passionate in the handling of his client’s matters, leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of the best possible outcomes. This, coupled with professionalism and integrity at all times, has spurned Michael to the success he regularly and consistently achieves for his clients.
Rebecca Glew | Criminal Defence Lawyer Ringwood
Rebecca joined Dribbin & Brown Criminal Law as a paralegal. She worked in this capacity for several years before qualifying as a solicitor after the completion of her studies in 2013. With a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, Rebecca quickly developed into a strong advocate.
She has a commitment to social justice and works hard to ensure that her clients receive the best possible outcome. Highly intelligent and quick on her feet in Court, Rebecca is a strong advocate.
Rebecca appears as a criminal defence lawyer regularly in Magistrates’ Courts and County Courts across Melbourne and regional Victoria. She is based at the Ringwood office.
Jacquelyn Parnell | Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
Graduating from LaTrobe in 2011, Jacquelyn volunteered at Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre from 2012 to 2013 assisting disadvantaged clients, then worked for a brief period as a clerk of courts prior to finding her way to Dribbin & Brown.
Jacquelyn brings with her extensive procedural knowledge in relation to criminal law matters thanks to her time as a clerk of courts. She has fostered positive relationships with many of the staff that work at the courts in the South East.
Jacquelyn’s no-nonsense approach to all her cases resonates with the Magistrates in the courts in which she appears, and her dedication to her clients is always clear.
She is a respected traffic and criminal law advocate in the greater South East area, appearing regularly in many of the Magistrates’ Courts around Melbourne.
Daniel Walsh | Criminal Defence Lawyer Dandenong
Daniel originally started work at a criminal law firm in the northern suburbs of Melbourne before joining us at Dribbin & Brown.
His achievements include the Merlin Myer Leadership Award from the Foundation for Young Australians (2008) the Monash Prize in 2008 and the Monash Scholarship for Excellence and Equity in 2009. Daniel also volunteered at Springvale Monash Legal Service for a year, providing services to those who could not afford a lawyer.
From his very first weeks at Dribbin & Brown it was clear that Daniel was a natural advocate with a keen sense of the finer nuances of the law. His forensic assessment in relation to his cases is that of someone far more senior.
Daniel has already appeared in hundreds of traffic and criminal related matters in the various Magistrates’ Courts around Melbourne. A highly skilled operator, he has built an excellent rapport with both prosecutors and Magistrates alike.
Kieran Burke | Criminal Defence Lawyer Ringwood
Following his completion of a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelors of Arts at Deakin University, as well as obtaining his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Kieran was admitted as an Australian Lawyer in 2014.
Working previously for a busy suburban criminal law firm, Kieran is a seasoned advocate in the criminal law sector, having regularly appeared in the various Victorian court jurisdictions.
Kieran predominantly works out of our Ringwood and Dandenong office and is very familiar with the Court staff, prosecutors and Magistrates that work at these locations.
Kieran works tirelessly on providing his clients with real-world legal advice whilst also achieving the best possible outcome.
His commitment to his clients is second to none.
Simon O'Halloran | Criminal Defence Lawyer Geelong
Following his admission Simon worked for a year in commercial practice prior to moving to the Victoria Legal Aid office based in Geelong.
Simon was the Young Lawyer Representative for the Law Society in 2015 and previously volunteered at the Hume Riverina Community Legal Centre to assist disadvantaged clients.
Simon joined Dribbin & Brown in 2017 to assist us with the running of our Geelong office. His time working at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court has given him an in-depth understanding of the Magistrates and prosecutors who work at this court. He has shown himself to be a keen advocate who cares about his clients.
Nicole Horton | Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
Nicole worked at a suburban criminal law firm as a personal assistant for three years prior to qualifying and beginning her career in the law, giving her an in-depth grounding in criminal law processes.
Originally practising in family law, Nicole then transitioned to criminal law. This career trajectory has given her solid experience in a wide range of cases, particularly in relation to intervention order matters and Court advocacy.
Whilst working at a suburban criminal law firm practising in crime, we recognised her as both a passionate and talented advocate, and she was asked to join Dribbin & Brown in 2017. Nicole brings with her a wealth of experience and a clear dedication to her clients.
Victor Wang | Criminal Defence Lawyer Melbourne
Prior to his admission to practice in 2013, Victor worked at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court as a Court registrar. This experience was invaluable to his progression in the criminal law, giving him an in-depth understanding of court processes and creating relationships with many Magistrates.
A fluent Mandarin speaker, he began his career working for a Chinese generalist practitioner, where he handled all their criminal law work. In 2016 Victor found his way to Dribbin & Brown where he has been a valuable addition to the team, handling many of our Chinese clients and assisting the partners with the more serious matters that they handle relating to their native Mandarin speaking clients.
Victor’s attention to detail and dedication to his clients is clear and the insights he brings in relation to our Chinese clients are invaluable. All native Mandarin speaking clients can contact Victor directly on 0439 508 742 or 9020 2998.
Erin Fradd | Criminal Defence Lawyer Dandenong
Erin comes to us with a background as the Criminal Court Coordinator at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court. Anyone who can manage a complicated list at the local Magistrates’ Court has already demonstrated an acute understanding of criminal law processes.
Erin’s strong interest in human rights, fair trial rights and procedural fairness has taken her across the globe to the Yugoslavia trials in the Hague and the Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia.
With strong advocacy skills, Erin has participated in the Jessup Public International Law Moot, and has been asked to return every year to act as a Judge for Victoria University’s Annual National Michael J Kirby Contractual Law Moot.
Following her admission, Erin started with Dribbin & Brown and has hit the ground running, transitioning very quickly to Court advocacy. Her previous role has clearly put her ahead of the game.
With a precise command of the English language, Erin advocates with passion on behalf of all her clients and is a wonderful addition to the Dribbin & Brown team.
Mary is our Accounts Manager, and has been with Dribbin & Brown since 2014. Mary is a gift from the bookkeeping gods. She runs a tight ship, which is the way we like it.
Candace is assistant to Partner Michael Brown, Victor Wang and Simon O’Halloran. Candace came to Dribbin & Brown in 2015, leaving her position at the Court of Appeal after seven years. Candace is an important and essential member of the administrative team at Dribbin & Brown.
Alyce is assistant to Partner David Dribbin. Alyce came to Dribbin & Brown in 2015, following many years working in the civil law sector as an administration assistant. Alyce is a highly valued member of the team and can often be found at the Dandenong and Melbourne offices.
Jasmine came to Dribbin & Brown in early 2016. She has had over 10 years experience working as a personal assistant in the commercial legal sector. Jasmine assists both Erin and Daniel and keeps the Ringwood office running smoothly.
Beth is currently study law. With a number of years to go she has joined our team as an assistant to our solicitors Nicole and Jacquelyn. Beth comes to us with a previous experience at Victoria Legal Aid as administrative assistant of over 18 months. Beth is a welcome addition to the administrative team at Dribbin & Brown.
Vu has been an assistant at Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers for two years assisting the solicitors generally.