IP specialist makes partner at Mills Oakley

Lisa Egan ran Monde Legal for more than a year

IP specialist makes partner at Mills Oakley
Lisa Egan

Mills Oakley has expanded its IP practice with the appointment of Lisa Egan to the role of partner.

Egan joined the firm’s IP team in Melbourne earlier this month after operating her own boutique law firm, Monde Legal, for more than a year. She also served as a partner at K&L Gates.

She went in-house for a period, acting as senior in-house counsel for Australian fashion retail brand Kookai as well as for Sigma Healthcare.

“I was impressed by the open, transparent culture here at Mills Oakley and the opportunity to build the IP capability at the firm,” Egan said. “Cultural fit is central to achieving the best result for clients, and I am looking forward to doing exactly that in collaboration with my new colleagues.”

She has broad experience in advising clients on IP protection and enforcement strategies, prosecuting trademark and design applications, acting in trademark oppositions, and managing IP portfolios. Having been in practice for over 20 years, she has dealt with complex IP cases relating to trademarks, copyright, misleading and deceptive conduct, and passing off.

Egan has also made several appearances before the Federal Court, and has been the preferred source of IP advice for the Clarendons Lawyers team that joined Mills Oakley’s national corporate practice last year. This connection was instrumental in the decision to invite Egan to join the partnership, Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said.

“Lisa came to us with the strong recommendation of our corporate partners Nick Manuell and Tony Symons, who had worked with her for many years both at Clarendons and K&L Gates before that,” Nerurker said. “Having met Lisa, we immediately understood why she was so well regarded by clients and colleagues alike and we are fortunate to have secured a practitioner of her calibre for our firm.”

Aside from her legal practice, Egan holds several key roles in the sporting and business community. She currently is a board member and company secretary of the Melbourne Fashion Festival and serves as a chair of the Essendon Women’s Network at the Essendon Football Club.

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