Damian began his legal career as a Family Law solicitor in 1986 in Sydney. After moving to the Northern Rivers in 1991, he lectured in Family Law at Southern Cross University and established his own law practice.

Three decades of experience awards him a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Family Law, from complicated property matters to parenting disputes. His vast experience enables him to navigate the most complex issues competently and with sensitivity.

Damian's pragmatic approach focuses strongly on clear communication with clients throughout the legal process, ensuring that clients remain empowered and informed.


1983  Bachelor Of Economics   University of Sydney

1985  Bachelor of Laws     University of Sydney

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

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With invaluable experience in the legal industry spanning over 25 years and a prodigious approach to work, Francene enthusiastically joined Damian Shanahan Lawyers in early 2020.

The concept of a boutique style legal practice offering a personalised experience to clients was instantly appealing.

With a dedication to client service, professionalism and attention to detail, Francene ensures the procedures and systems of Damian Shanahan Lawyers are in place.

Francene also has the ability to set the client at ease with her friendly and approachable nature.