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Isaac Szmerling

Isaac Szmerling

Isaac is an accredited mediator and was admitted to practice in 1982, commencing his career in prominent legal firms. From 1998 until 2013, he conducted the practice known as “Chadwicks - The Law Firm.”

In 2013, Isaac merged his firm with Behan Legal where he continues to practice as a Senior Lawyer.  

Admitted to Practice in the following Jurisdictions & Courts


  • Federal Court
  • High Court of Australia

State & Territory Supreme Courts

  • Melbourne

Areas of Practice


Appearing and acting for clients in all Courts, including Magistrates’ Court, VCAT, County Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court, and Federal Circuit Court.  


Acting as official mediator for the Office of the Small Business Commissioner and representing clients at mediations.  

Commercial Litigation

Areas include copyright and intellectual property law, retail tenancy disputes, testator maintenance disputes (Part IV), contractual disputes, debt recovery, insolvency (bankruptcy and corporate), banking cases, building disputes, retail tenancy disputes, franchise disputes, and general litigation.  

Commercial Law

Areas include mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, franchises, licences, security funding agreements, corporate law including shareholder agreements and advice on structuring, commercial leases, business sales and acquisitions, conveyancing, wills, probate, superannuation and estate planning.

Criminal Law

Areas include apprehended violence order matters, assaults, traffic offences, thefts, statutory offences, fraud, and white-collar crime.  

Pro Bono Contribution

  • St. Kilda Community Legal Centre
  • Honorary Judge for the Monash Law Student Society and the Australian Law Student Society, judging moots, client interviews and negotiations



  • Office of the Small Business Commissioner Mediation Panel
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Council of Australia
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