Wotton + Kearney welcomes new partner

Firm also promoted 13 senior lawyers

Wotton + Kearney welcomes new partner

Wotton + Kearney (W+K) has promoted special counsel Ken Grunder to partner.

Grunder is an experienced lawyer who is known for his expertise in personal injury claims, with a particular specialisation in institutional abuse matters and catastrophic injury claims in Western Australia. He advises on all areas of general liability, with focus on personal injury, product and property damage claims.

He also has extensive experience in general liability, workers’ liability, statutory insurance and subrogated recoveries, and often provides advice on policy coverage, contractual indemnity and dual insurance disputes.

He has represented insurers and self-insured clients across the construction, manufacturing, retail, and energy industries, and appeared in high-profile injury and fatality trials before the District Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court.

“I am delighted to welcome Ken as partner and to see the expertise in our Perth office continue to grow,” firm’s chief executive partner David Kearney said.

W+K  also strengthened its roster of special counsel with the promotion of senior lawyers Natasha Cannon (Wellington), Matthew Elson (general liability, Melbourne), Naazihah Jamal (financial lines, Brisbane), Chris Knight (financial lines, Sydney), and Rachel White (property, construction and energy, Sydney).

Moreover, the firm elevated senior lawyers Chris Alevizos (general liability, Sydney), Jessica Aoun (property, construction and energy, Melbourne), Emmeline Granger (financial lines, Melbourne), Brendan Kennedy (financial lines, Sydney), Justin Khouri (property, construction and energy, Melbourne), Ryan Loney (financial lines, Melbourne), Nadica Mirceska (financial lines, Sydney), and Tushka Sridharan (general liability, Melbourne) to the senior associate position.

The said promotions took effect on 1 January. Since July 2021, the firm has made 37 senior promotions across its Australia and New Zealand offices.

“The 37 senior promotions we’ve made [in 2021] reflect Wotton + Kearney’s people first culture and commitment to offer our clients deeper expertise,” Kearney said. “I congratulate all of our lawyers on their promotions, which reflect and recognise their talents, contribution and continued commitment to our clients.”

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