The executive director of Waikato-based law firm McCaw Lewis, Renika Siciliano is an impressive legal leader with visionary strategic thinking and a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion. Siciliano has made history with McCaw Lewis, becoming the youngest appointed leader and the first Māori woman of the firm’s board of directors. She leads the firm’s workplace law team and co-leads the Māori legal team. She also sits on a number of external boards, developing deep working relationships with clients and giving back to the industry and the wider community.
Siciliano represents clients from across Aotearoa and provides them legal and strategic advice using her extensive knowledge across a range of areas, including Treaty settlement negotiations, Māori governance and iwi disputes. She represented Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki in relation to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust v Minister of Conservation and has worked with clients in some of the first substantive matters to be heard under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act.
Siciliano has recently presented to the EMA, Waikato Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Business Network Survey and Spatial NZ on employment matters during the COVID-19 lockdown. She was also a key presenter at the 18th Annual Māori Legal, Business and Governance Forum in 2020.