Francis is an accredited specialist in Business Law and was admitted to practice in 1981, commencing his legal career in the areas of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. From 1987 until 2004, he practised at Behan & Speed, and was involved in establishing and implementing Quality Business Management for the legal profession in Australia, with extensive involvement on the Quality in Law national, state, and local executive committees.
In 2004, Francis Ruggiero embarked on the establishment of the Behan Legal group, which would focus on the business, corporate, and international areas of law. He is currently actively involved in establishing companies and intends to carry on business locally and internationally.
Francis practices in corporation law, focusing on structuring, business and personal asset protection, taxation, and dealing with the managing directors, CEOs and shareholders of each corporate client. This strategic consultation includes business plan and strategy development, and advising management teams on the formation of additional corporations and business structures, drafting policies and procedures, and structuring commercial and international transactions.
In 2006, Francis obtained his MBA in International Management to complement his global approach to working with his clientele.
Admitted to Practice in the following Jurisdictions & Courts
High Court of Australia
State & Territory Supreme Courts
Areas of Practice
International Contracts; (CISG), Distribution & Licensing, Ecommerce, Privacy, Trans border Dataflow, IT Governance, Corporate Governance, Corporations, Asset Protection, Re-Structuring, Superannuation, Trusts, Commercial & Civil Litigation (all jurisdictions), International Law, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Property, Banking & Finance, Investment Planning, Trademarks, Trademark Enforcement, Intellectual Property, Merger & Acquisitions.
MBA (International Management)
Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Business Law
Certificate in Quality Management
QL Fellowship Award 2002
Canadian Bar Association
Chair-MBA Alumni Committee for Continuing Professional Development
Law Institute Mediation Panel
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Law Institute of Victoria
Law Council of Australia
Docklands Chamber of Commerce
Port Melbourne Business Association
Law Institute Business Law Committee
Insurance Law Group of Australia
International Commission of Jurists
Executive Chairman Legal Practice Management (Law Institute)
Technology & Library Research Committee
Courts Practice Committee (Litigation Lawyers Section)
Executive to the Board of KPV Management of Schools (Victoria)