The new hire has a strong reputation in Australia’s public law space
Lenny Leerdam joins Keypoint Law as its newest consulting principal. He has particular expertise in government, administrative law and refugee law.
“I am truly excited to be joining Keypoint Law. Much has been written about the challenges facing the legal profession, but at its heart, this is all about an individual’s ability to flexibly service the needs of her or his client,” Leerdam said.
He has represented the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Taxation Office, Services Australia, the Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, the Migration Agents Registration Authority and the National Disability Insurance Agency, among others. He also has experience as a litigator.
Leerdam has stepped in for counsel from the private bar on advocacy responsibilities in courts and tribunals. He has handled many cases pro bono internationally, wielding his knowledge in humanitarian law on behalf of the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.
He is knowledgeable in IT and business process analysis as well, and has implemented tech-based solutions for workflow processing and knowledge management issues, Keypoint Law said.
Prior his stint with Mills Oakley, Leerdam spent 15 years at DLA Piper as a partner and headed up the firm’s government and administrative law group. He has been a fixture in the Legal 500 and Best Lawyers directories for the past decade.
Keypoint Law CEO Warren Kalinko welcomed Leerdam’s appointment, particularly following the firm’s 2019 inclusion in the Commonwealth government’s Whole of Government Legal Panel, focusing on public law, commercial law and secondments.
“We’re delighted to welcome Lenny to the Keypoint team. Lenny strengthens our offering in the areas of government and administrative law, as we seek to expand our work in these areas,” Kalinko said.