Led by our Founder, Demetrio Zema, who was driven to bring his vision to life to challenge the conventions of traditional law services, the Law Squared team are a committed and passionate group of people.
We are here to support your vision with determination and clarity. Meet the Law Squared team who are ready to be part of yours.
Demetrio Zema - Founder
Demetrio is the founder and director of Law Squared, a specialised commercial law and litigation firm focussed on working with entrepreneurs and start ups. Since its launch in March 2016, Law Squared has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with a team of 17 across those cities.
An accomplished entrepreneur and lawyer having worked with many corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs and ASX listed companies, Demetrio is focused on achieving outcomes and success for his clients. Named “Australia’s most innovative law firm”, Law Squared takes an entrepreneurial approach to the provision of legal services, by offering a model of partnering with its clients as risk advisers to protect them against future risk and to partner with them to advance their business.
In 2017, Demetrio was selected as part of the Australian delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20 YEA) in Berlin, and named Rising Star runner up in the 2017 Victorian Legal Awards. Demetrio and Law Squared have also been listed on the Lexis Nexus Legal Innovation Index.
Outside of law and entrepreneurship, Demetrio plays an active part in the not for profit community as a co-founder and director of If Not Now Then When Ltd (INNTW), Deputy Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth Ltd (CMY) and a director of the Victorian Deaf Society Ltd (VicDeaf).
Shaun Restorick-Barton - Associate
Shaun has been with Law Squared since early 2017 and oversees our Brisbane office. He draws on his broad corporate and commercial experience to assist, mentor and guide our startup, entrepreneurial and high-growth business clients reach their full potential. He spends most of his time at Law Squared helping clients navigate the exciting world of private capital raising and managing their director and shareholder relationships.
When not working directly for his clients, Shaun can be found presenting to entrepreneurs at various co-working spaces and universities. His passion for education and drive to positively motivate his clients, both fledgling and established, perhaps stems from a not-so-secret admiration of Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society.
Having previously worked in general corporate and commercial roles, he provides his clients with commercially strategic advice, with a focus on positive outcomes – he dislikes that often lawyers are dubbed as the 'handbrakes to happiness' and works hard to make sure he never slows his clients down.
In a previous life, he let his stomach guide his travels throughout world and his love for food is challenged only by his love for wine, whisky and pot plants. Pre-law Shaun was a hospitality dynamo – not only can he advise you on your next funding round, but he can do it while making you a mean martini.
Trent Milvain - Finance & Operations
Trent brings to Law Squared a broad set of skills after working in professional services, retail and property over the past eight years. He specialises in growth, stakeholder relationships and process improvements to ensure operations are run like a well-oiled machine. Trent leads Law Squared’s finance, communications, projects and operations.
Whilst not a lawyer, Trent has strong grasp for building the right team enabling both Law Squared and our clients to achieve desired goals. Trent believes it is critical each team member is aligned to the vision of a business and lives by the mantra of one team one dream. After five and half years of linear progression at a corporate, Trent thrives in the start-up environment and applies his broad knowledge base as Law Squared becomes a leading NewLaw player in Australia.
With a breadth of skills, Trent has completed a Bachelor Business majoring in Accounting / Banking & Finance and is part CPA qualified.
Apart from rolling his sleeves up at Law Squared, Trent also advises one of Melbourne leading property developers. Away from his professional career, Trent can be found at the MCG on a Saturday afternoon watching AFL with his friends, spending time with his family in regional Victoria or at a café with his fiancé, Bonnie, planning their next holiday.
Stefan Chelper - Lawyer
Stefan, who graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Asian Studies, is a part of the Litigation team at Law Squared. He practices in commercial litigation, debt collection, bankruptcy, insolvency and insurance litigation matters.
Stefan has worked for a wide range of private and commercial clients and takes pride in building strong relationships with his clients and achieving the best possible outcomes for them. Stefan particularly enjoys representing his clients at Court and in mediations and is continuing to enjoy refining his advocacy skills.
Stefan also has experience working in various industries, from hospitality to child care and accordingly brings excellent communication skills when dealing with people from a diverse array of backgrounds.
Outside of the office Stefan enjoys supporting the Essendon Bombers, watching the NBA and frequenting the latest cafes with his wife and golden retriever fur baby.
Daniel Goldblatt - Legal Project Officer
Daniel is Law Squared’s new Legal Projects Officer. His role involves researching, developing and writing content for future Law Squared projects. This is Daniel’s first taste of commercial legal practice and he is excited for the opportunity to learn and grow in a NewLaw firm.
This squares well with Daniel’s interests in the law, which include the expanding collaboration between technology and the law. This interest was first spiked at university where he studied how blockchain technology may be the answer to some of today’s legal quandaries.
Daniel comes to Law Squared from JobWatch, a Community Legal Centre focussed on employment rights. This experience fostered an ability to translate between legalese and plain English, as well as a working knowledge of Australian Employment Law. He is also in the final year of his Bachelor of Arts/Law degree at Monash University and is planning to be a lawyer one day soon.
Outside of the law Daniel loves foreign languages and travelling. He is attempting to learn Russian and plans to travel and eat his way through Russia in the near future.
Alexandra Geelan - Lawyer
Alexandra brings her experience in a wide range of practice areas to provide holistic legal advice and services to entrepreneurs and high growth businesses. She works primarily in Law Squared’s commercial team, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and advising businesses on issues that arise throughout their lifecycle.
Alexandra uses her broad background and understanding of how businesses operate to provide commercially-focused, practical advice with a focus on finding simple solutions to complex problems.
Before joining Law Squared, Alexandra gained experience in corporate and commercial law, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, international law, competition and consumer law, commercial property, intellectual property and personal law. While she now focuses on commercial law, she keeps her finger on the pulse of these other areas which allows her to pre-empt and identify issues in other areas to save her clients time and money.
A true hippy at heart, Alexandra spends her free time taking her furbabies to the beach and rainforests, hunting down the best vegan food in Brisbane and drinking her weight in kombucha. She is an avid traveller and explorer and takes every opportunity to set off in a car or plane to explore new places.
Jeremy Davey - Senior Lawyer
Jeremy joined Law Squared’s Melbourne office as a Senior Lawyer in 2018. As an experienced commercial and regulatory lawyer, he has a passion for helping Law Squared’s clients find innovative solutions to every legal challenge.
Jeremy commenced his career as an investigator at the ACCC before moving into commercial practice with a top-tier Australian firm. Across both private and in-house practice he has advised some of Australia’s biggest technology, telecommunications and manufacturing companies.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Psychology from the Australian National University. His particular interest is in the regulatory and quasi-regulatory challenges faced by emerging technologies and industries, particularly those laws relating to competition, consumer protection, marketing and corporate governance.
In 2017 Jeremy was appointed to the Advertising Standards Board, a community-sourced board which assesses advertising complaints (across both traditional and new media) with reference to a broad range of industry codes. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and toddler and spends his leisure time reading, playing cricket or watching the Melbourne Demons slowly but inexorably creep toward AFL greatness.
Zuong Dang - Lawyer
As a Commercial and IP Lawyer at Law Squared with a passion for technology, innovation and collaboration, Zuong has been an active participant in the Australian start-up community, striving to work with entrepreneurs in Australia and overseas to develop their success through the NewLaw model. Zuong has represented startups across various industries including fashion, media, technology (drone, blockchain, cloud computing, cryptocurrency, AR, VR and AI), e-commerce and the arts.
Zuong has a keen interest in promoting and increasing women and youth participation in start-ups and technology. She regularly presents to entrepreneurs and startups on general commercial matters, intellectual property practices and branding strategies. She was one of the lawyers involved in the brand ambassador agreement between Marilyn Manson and Valley Eyewear, one of Australia’s most successful fashion startups.
Zuong was invited to attend the prestigious annual CLE Global Law Conference held on the 4th and 5th of January 2018 in Paris. Having a passion for design and creative arts, she merged the field of IP and fashion to present in a panel titled "Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeiting in Fashion – Protecting the World’s Most Counterfeited Brands".
Zuong graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (Psychology and Criminology), and is fluent in both English and Vietnamese. She occasionally designs dresses and drags herself from one Melbourne café to another in her free time.
Jacqueline Wilcock - Paralegal
Jacqueline makes up one half of the Law Squared Litigation team and is completing her Bachelor of Laws of Victorian University. Jacqueline has vast experience in handling matters concerning debt collection, insolvency and general commercial litigation.
Whilst Jacqueline’s main interests lay with both corporate and insolvency work, she also gives back to her community by volunteering at the Footscray Legal Clinic. Through her volunteer work, Jacqueline has been able of assist clients from a variety of backgrounds with several different issues. She therefore has an acute awareness that no two matters or clients are the same and ensure she tailors her work to each respective client’s expectations.
Jacqueline’s background in insolvency work has provided her with the required know how to identify companies trading insolvently, breach of director duties claims, defend preference claims and the like. Jacqueline has also been involved in a number of voluntary liquidations and personal bankruptcy. This experience allows Jacqueline to help provide the best possible transition for the client during what can be a distressing time.
During her downtime, Jacqueline can generally be found seeking out new and exciting restaurants with her sister, enjoying a good book or catching up on her favourite reality flicks.
Sean Paulding - Paralegal & Content Strategist
Sean is an aspiring lawyer and a community leader, currently undertaking his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Arts/Laws at Monash University. Sean is passionate to succeed professionally and has embraced the opportunity to work and learn in the dynamic environment that is Law Squared. His main roles include implementing innovative systems and processes, website/SEO management and development, content management, and providing ad-hoc research and drafting assistance to the legal team.
Sean has a strong interest in the interaction between business, technology, and the law, and strives to ensure that the Law Squared team functions as efficiently and effectively as possible. Having co-founded a social enterprise in 2017, Sean is commercially-minded and understands the needs and challenges of entrepreneurs and startups.
With a breadth of leadership, work and travel experience under his belt, Sean brings a strong array of communication, interpersonal, organisational skills to the team. Sean is an ardent believer in the infinite potential of every individual – including himself – and that every challenge can be overcome, and every skill can be learned, with a positive and proactive attitude.
A social justice advocate, Sean additionally works for Monash University as a part of their social inclusion program, and has volunteered at the Monash-Oakleigh Community Legal Centre. When not overseas or watching the mighty Richmond Tigers, you'll find Sean scoping local bands at one of Melbourne’s live music venues.
Amy Nobes - Executive Assistant
Amy joined the Law Squared team earlier this year after having held a variety of assistant roles previously. Amy works closely with Demetrio by managing his diary, providing administrative insights and email management. Amy is passionate about achieving results, this is done by ensuring the backend of the office is run seamlessly via file opening procedures, implementing precedents, communicating clearly in team meetings about important upcoming events and being ever so reliable.
Amy is a passionate supporter of Melbourne City Football Club and on weekends when they are playing at home, she can be found at AAMI Park cheering them on.
Nic Palmer - Paralegal
While in his last year of a law degree at Murdoch University, Nic searched for a leading firm in the tech and start-up space and landed at Law Squared. Nic’s primary role as a paralegal is to support our commercial lawyers through research, analysis and content & coffee production.
Before landing at Law Squared in Brisbane Nic worked on a major international arbitration abroad and helped create an after-hours service at a community legal centre. Prior to studying law, Nic worked in financial planning specialising in insurance, wealth management, and superannuation.
In the spirit of the Tim Ferriss way of permanent experimentation, Nic has travelled far and wide, all over the world. He has traversed India solo on a motorbike, acted a lifeguard at a children's camp in Alabama, USA and hiked 450km of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Nic has also worked as tour guide for travellers in Europe, operated heavy machinery in the WA wheatbelt and flown small aircraft. Visiting 50 + countries while working in a variety of different roles has helped Nic to build skills in negotiation, planning, independence, and resilience.
On the weekends, you’ll find Nic chasing waves at Byron Bay or fervently supporting the most exciting Brisbane Lions team in a decade.
Aqeel Camal - Intern
Though he is not a lawyer (yet), Aqeel brings a diverse set of skills and experiences having worked closely with not-for-profits and social enterprises. He specialises in community engagement, advocacy work, designing events and solutions to problems. Aqeel works across Law Squared's content strategy to foster meaningful engagements with our community.
Aqeel understands entrepreneurs and the importance of executing on a clear vision and purpose through his work with TEDxCanberra as their AX Designer and TEDxYouth@Canberra’s Executive Producer. Aqeel has experience with everything from a startup empowering youth with key skills for the future, to a think tank who's aim is to foster fresh thinking about public policy and provide evidence-based solutions to difficult problems.
Aqeel is in his first year of studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) & a Bachelor of International Security Studies at the ANU.
Aside from jumping at nearly every opportunity that comes his way, Aqeel loves to throw down ideas with friends, and is always on the lookout for great community events to go to. When he’s not sharing or listening to innovative and progressive ideas, Aqeel enjoys exploring the food and creative scenes in every city he goes to.