Our People

Shane Ryan has assembled a formidable team of solicitors, experts and consultants to manage the litigation process.

Ryan Legal works with the finest Barristers, Medical Advisers, Forensic Accountants, Actuaries, Engineers and Accident Investigators from across Australia.

Shane Ryan

Shane Ryan Principal

After practicing as a solicitor in several large city firms, Shane returned to Mildura in 1990. At a large Mildura law firm, Shane was appointed as Partner dealing in work-related accidents, transport accidents, public liability claims and medical negligence matters in Victoria and other states.

In 2008, Shane established his own boutique practice dealing exclusively in personal injury claims. Shane has a particular interest in managing claims arising from accidents causing catastrophic injury and death. Shane has been the solicitor for many people affected by the Cardross tragedy and the Kerang rail disaster including many other high profile cases.

Qualifications

• Bachelors of Laws • Bachelor of Jurisprudence

Admissions

• Supreme Court of Victoria (1986) • Supreme Court of New South Wales (1991)

Memberships

• Australian Lawyers Alliance • American Trial Lawyers Association
• Law Institute of Victoria • Served as President of North-West Law Association of Victoria

Listening to your clients and understanding the relevant legal processes are paramount to establishing a solid client-lawyer relationship. Once that is in place, Ryan Legal is confident of achieving a good outcome.

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Ian Ryan

Ian Ryan Solicitor

A stalwart of the Mildura community, Ian is a very well-known and respected legal practitioner. Ian has practiced law in Mildura and the surrounding district since the late 1950s. Ian's legal experience is broad with extensive knowledge of family law, wills and probate, litigation and other related matters.

Ian currently practices as a consultant to the personal injury team contributing the benefit of his significant legal knowledge, experience and skill.

Qualifications

• Bachelor of Laws  

Admissions

• Supreme Court of Victoria (1986)  

Memberships

• Law Institute of Victoria

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Elisabeth Ryan

Elisabeth Ryan Solicitor

Elisabeth is a member of the select team that practices in the area of personal injury law.

Working in conjunction with Shane on a number of local and interstate matters, Elisabeth assists clients with transport-related injuries. Elisabeth has a particular interest in nervous shock based claims.

Qualifications

• Bachelor of Arts (Hons) • Master of Laws (Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics)

Admissions

• Supreme Court of Victoria

Memberships

• Australian Lawyers Alliance •  Law Institute of Victoria

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Fran Ibson-Turner

Fran Ibson-Turner Solicitor

Fran is a lawyer from England who emigrated to Mildura in 2010. Fran previously worked in the personal injury department of UK law firm Williamsons Solicitors where she handled road traffic accidents, work accidents and public liability cases. Fran completed her bridging subjects in order to gain admission to practice as a lawyer in Australia and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Fran deals predominantly with public liability claims.

Qualifications

• Bachelor of Laws (Hons) • Post Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Admissions

• Supreme Court of Victoria • Supreme Court of England and Wales

Memberships

•  Law Institute of Victoria • Law Society of England and Wales

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Josie Zrna

Belinda Gemits Law Clerk

Belinda is a law clerk with 15 years of personal injury experience. Belinda is an integral part of the Ryan Legal team working exclusively in personal injury law and in close partnership with Shane.

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Josie Zrna

Josie Zrna Paralegal

Josie has an extensive legal background having worked in conveyancing, civil litigation and personal injury law. Josie is a key member of the TAC and NSW work-related transport accident teams preparing matters for mediation and trial in the Supreme Court.

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Josie Zrna

Diana Giugno Law Clerk

Diana has worked with Shane Ryan for more than 10 years as a paralegal. Diana assists the Supreme Court practice and has been a part of the legal team on some of Ryan Legal’s most successful cases.

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Josie Zrna

Lauren Berry Paralegal

Upon completing school, Lauren commenced work at Ryan Legal as a receptionist. Lauren has successfully completed a Certificate III in Business Administration Legal Studies and is now a paralegal who assists in the WorkCover team. Lauren also assists with the processing of superannuation and TPD claims.

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Melissa Waters

Melissa Waters Paralegal

Melissa has worked with Shane and Elisabeth Ryan since May 2011 as a paralegal. She is a part of the team supporting clients who have suffered injury as a result of a transport accident and assists with the preparation of cases for mediation and trial in the Supreme Court.

Melissa commenced her law degree in July 2012.

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Alana Collett

Alana Collett Paralegal

Alana has worked in the legal industry for the past eight years in both Victoria and the Northern Territory in a broad range of areas including family law, conveyancing, civil litigation and personal injury law. Alana is a key member of our personal injury team preparing mainly public liability cases for mediation and trial in the Supreme and County Courts.

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Josie Zrna

Merrin Panuccio Practice Manager

Merrin has worked with Shane Ryan for the past 11 years in the accounts and administration department of the legal industry. Merrin is responsible for the daily administration and accounts of our firm.

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Kayla Mattschoss

Kayla Mattschoss Administration

Kayla commenced with Ryan Legal in June 2013. She has previously worked in a medical practice where she completed Certificate 3 in Business. Kayla is a key member of the administration team managing reception and handling initial client enquiries. Kayla also assists with the processing of superannuation and TPD claims.

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Cardross Legal Team: Mr Frank Saccardo, SC, Elisabeth Ryan, Shane Ryan and Mr Bruce Anderson, Barrister Cardross Legal Team: Mr Frank Saccardo, SC, Elisabeth Ryan, Shane Ryan and Mr Bruce Anderson, Barrister
Shane Ryan, Elisabeth Ryan, Ass. Professor John Hart, Jan Hart and Judge Paul Lacava on the steps of the Supreme Court of Victoria, 19 February 2008 Shane Ryan, Elisabeth Ryan, Ass. Professor John Hart, Jan Hart and Judge Paul Lacava on the steps of the Supreme Court of Victoria, 19 February 2008

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Contact Us

Ryan Legal
60 Madden Avenue
Mildura, Victoria, 3500

T 03 5023 7909

F 03 5023 8018

E contact@ryanlegal.com.au


I would recommend Shane and his staff to anyone. He has my total support. He handled my problems with sympathy and understanding. The barristers retained to assist with my case did a brilliant job. Thank you Shane for a job well done. Vince