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Our Team

Led by partners Joseph Falcone, Marcus Adams and Nadia Falcone our legal team are experienced and passionate about working in their chosen area of law

Meet Our Team

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Joseph Falcone

Joseph Falcone

Partner & Founder

  • Bachelor of Laws – Melbourne University (1975)

Joseph Falcone started his legal career undertaking his articles of clerkship at a small law firm with offices located in Carnegie and Frankston. 

After his admission into legal practice Joseph Falcone became the founding partner of the law firm, then known as Joseph S. Falcone in Emerald, Victoria in 1977 working for many years as a sole practitioner.

Joseph leads our Conveyancing, Property Law & Town Planning team and our Corporate, Commercial & Business Law team however, he also has sound legal knowledge and experience in Wills, Estate Planning & Deceased Estates.

Joseph’s clients include individuals, directors and stakeholders, property developers, investors, landlords and tenants among others.

Joe is fluent in Italian.

Joseph has been a stalwart in the local community and over the years has been involved in a variety of community groups including being a founding member of the Emerald and District Rotary Club, Emerald Football Club (including three terms on the Board), Emerald Cricket Club, acted as Chairman of the local Junior Football League Tribunal, acted as Chairman of Emerald Towards 2000 and acted as Chairman of the Dr Murphy Memorial Trust Fund.

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Marcus Adams

Marcus Adams

Partner

  • Bachelor of Science - Monash University Clayton (1991)
  • Bachelor of Laws - Monash University Clayton (1994)

Marcus Adams joined Joseph Falcone’s legal practice in Emerald in 1994 whilst undertaking his university studies and upon his admission into legal practice in 1996, commenced his career with the firm as a legal practitioner.

In 1999, Marcus Adams and Joseph Falcone entered into partnership establishing the firm now known as Falcone & Adams Lawyers.

Marcus leads our Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Building & Construction Law, Criminal Law & Intervention Orders and Employment Law teams, and he has broad experience in all relevant Australian jurisdictions.

His clients include individuals, volume/boutique builders, property developers, project managers, independent contractors and sub-contractors, building owners, property consultants, surveyors, architects and engineers among others.

Marcus has been an active member of the local community since moving to the area in 1982, and has participated in the following local community and business networking groups:

  • Emerald and District Rotaract Club Inc. from 1991 to 2000
  • Emerald and District Rotary Club Inc. from 2000 to present
  • Business Network International (BNI) Pakenham Chapter, having participated in the foundation of that chapter in 2006
  • Emerald Business Group
  • Casey Cardinia Business Group
  • Gembrook-Cockatoo Football Club, current Vice President and under 14’s coach. Marcus played football for the Gembrook-Cockatoo Junior and Senior Football Clubs, volunteered as an Auskick coach in Emerald for three years, and been a junior coach of the Under 10’s, 12’s and 14’s and in 2020 the Under 16’s.
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Nadia Falcone

Nadia Falcone

Partner

  • Bachelor of Laws – Monash University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Monash University (2006)

Nadia Falcone spent many years working alongside her father at Falcone & Adams Lawyers during her university studies and upon her admission into legal practice in 2008, commenced her career with the firm as a legal practitioner.  In 2013, Nadia joined the Falcone & Adams Lawyers partnership together with Joseph Falcone and Marcus Adams.

Nadia has taken leadership of our firm’s Practice Management team, and together with Joseph and Marcus she provides mentoring, motivation and support to a team of dedicated legal professionals and support staff.

Nadia also leads our Wills, Estate Planning & Deceased Estate team and is passionate about working with clients who are often experiencing a difficult and emotionally challenging time.

Nadia’s practice includes drafting Wills, Testamentary Trusts and Powers of Attorney’s, Elder Law (including Retirement Village and Aged Care Facility advice), Estate Planning and Structuring, Superannuation death benefits, Administration of Deceased Estates, Part IV claims, challenges to Wills, Estate Litigation and Superannuation Complaints Tribunal.

Nadia is an active member of the Law Institute of Victoria and regularly attends the Eastern Suburbs Law Association’s legal updates and networking events.

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John Wallis

John Wallis

Lawyer (former partner of Armstrong Ross Lawyers)

  • Articles of Clerkship - RMIT University (admitted to practice in 1976)

John Wallis has been practising law since his admission into legal practice in 1976.

John started his legal career at Mills Oakley and in 1978, John was employed by the firm of John Kinnear & Co, a law firm which had operated in the Belgrave area since 1930’s.  

John Wallis became a partner in John Kinnear & Co and MF Ross & Co in 1979 when the two firms merged. Various other firm amalgamations and name changes took place over the years but John Wallis has remained a partner since 1979 and solely owned and operated the firm of Armstrong Ross Lawyers from 1995 until the sale of the practice on 1 April 2019 to Falcone & Adams Lawyers.

John remains as a consultant Lawyer at Falcone & Adams Lawyers and his wealth of knowledge and experience sees him practising across various areas of law including Corporate & Commercial, Conveyancing, Property Law, Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution & Litigation and Wills, Estate Planning & Deceased Estates.

John has been an active member of the local Belgrave Community for over 40 years and is proud to have supported many Community Groups during this time. John has built many strong relationships with both individual clients and businesses and regularly provided sponsorship opportunities to many of the local sporting clubs and community organisations on behalf of Armstrong Ross Lawyers.

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Don Bolton

Don Bolton

Lawyer

  • Articles of Clerkship - RMIT University (admitted to practice in 1969)

Don Bolton commenced his legal career working at his father’s law practice in Melbourne’s CBD after his admission in 1969.

In 1972, Don established his own legal firm in Syndal practising predominately in workers compensation. Four years later, his practice merged with Pavey, Wilson, Cohen & Carter.

In the late 1970’s, Don established another legal firm practicing predominately in Family Law and Magistrate Court work including personal injury claims.  In 1989, Don merged this practice with Hardys Lawyers.  Don remained a partner of Hardys Lawyers until 1992 when he left to join the State Electricity Commission, Victoria (SECV) as a Lawyer working on asbestos claims.

In 1996, Don joined Wisewould Mahony Lawyers undertaking similar work and then progressed to Freehills (now known as Herbert Smith Freehills) in 1997 until 2007, continuing to work on the SECV and the Gas and Fuel Corporation asbestos claims.

In 2007, Don joined the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) and continues working there one day a week overseeing and finalising the balance of the asbestos claims.

Don joined Armstrong Ross Lawyers (now known as Falcone & Adams Lawyers) in 2014 and practices across various areas including Criminal Law, Intervention Orders and Debt Collection.

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Tony McDonough

Tony McDonough

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence - Monash University (1971)
  • Bachelor of Laws - Monash University (1973)
  • Accredited Specialisation Program in Property Law - Law Institute of Victoria (1994)

Tony is a Law Institute Accredited Specialist in Property Law.

Tony commenced his legal career working at Madden & Candy Lawyers in Melbourne, was admitted to practice in 1975 and became a partner of Madden & Candy in 1979.

In 1983, Tony established his own legal practice working across all areas of practice but primarily in Property Law (including mortgage work on behalf of Friendly Society), Wills & Estates, Family Law and Criminal Law.

In 1994, Tony passed the first exam set by the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) for solicitors seeking to qualify as Accredited Specialists in Property Law.  This qualification is reviewed by the LIV every three years and Tony still holds his LIV Property Law Accredited Specialist qualification.

From 1995 to 2018, Tony was employed by Khor & Burr Lawyers who undertook substantial developments.  During that time he was primarily responsible for the legal documentation of many challenging projects including:-

  • the purchase of the Whitehorse Plaza Shopping Centre by the principals with a joint venture partner and, after the acquisition of the Centre, the leasing of retail shops and office space to various tenants. The Centre was subsequently sold to Centro.
  • a mixed use development at 222 Russell Street, Melbourne comprising retail shops, commercial car park and serviced apartments. The development was subsequently sold to Stockland.
  • multi storey residential apartment developments at Carlton, inner Melbourne and St Kilda Road sold to the general public.

Tony was also a member of the LIV Property & Commercial Tenancy Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2018.  This Committee was primarily responsible for setting the exam for practitioners seeking accreditation as specialists in Property Law and Commercial Tenancy. As well as assisting in the setting of the exam, Tony also assisted in the marking of the exam papers of the candidates.

Tony joined Falcone & Adams Lawyers in 2018 and predominately works with our Conveyancing and Property Law team.

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George Lopez

George Lopez

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Laws - Monash University (1979)

Details coming soon…

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Catherine Jeffries

Catherine Jeffries

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Adelaide

Catherine was admitted to practice in South Australia in 1986.  She has practiced in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria.

Although Catherine initially practiced in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law, she has practiced exclusively in Family Law since 1994.

Between 2000 and 2005, Catherine was a member of the Independent Bar in Adelaide and a member of the Bar Association of South Australia.

Upon moving to Victoria in 2008, Catherine undertook the role of Family Law Coordinator with the Eastern Community Legal Centre working principally out of their Box Hill office and at outreach locations in Melbourne’s East.

Catherine re-joined the private profession in 2011, with her appointment as an Associate Lawyer at an exclusively Family Law practice, based in Dandenong.

In March 2019, she joined Falcone & Adams Lawyers Family Law team, working from our Belgrave office.

Catherine practices in all areas of Family Law including property and children’s matters and divorce.

She is regularly appointed by the Court to act as litigation guardian in a number of Family Law property matters for persons under a disability.

Catherine has a particular interest in children’s matters.  In 2014, she was appointed to Victoria Legal Aid’s Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel.  She regularly appears in Family Dispute Resolution Conferences and in Court, representing the interests of children in Family Law proceedings.

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Maria Verginis

Maria Verginis

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Arts – Monash University (2000)
  • Bachelor of Laws – Monash University (2000)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies - Leo Cussen Centre for Law (2001)

Maria commenced working as a legal practitioner upon her admission into legal practice in November 2001.

At such time, Maria joined Armstrong Ross Lawyers (now Falcone & Adams Lawyers) and began practising in various areas of law including Wills & Estates, Immigration Law Litigation, Mortgage Recovery Proceedings (including acting on behalf of La Trobe Capital and Mortgage Corporation Limited), Debt Recovery (including acting on behalf of Service Finance Corporation Limited) and Dispute Resolution and Litigation.

After returning from maternity leave, Maria worked at a sister practice in Balwyn before resuming work at Belgrave in March 2018.

Maria has practiced exclusively in Dispute Resolution & Litigation including Commercial Litigation, Contract Disputes and Estate Litigation (Part IV claims) since 2011.  She has a broad experience in all relevant Victorian Australian jurisdictions and regularly prepares matters for trial on behalf of her clients.

Maria also actively attends legal seminars and conferences to keep up to date with Court judgments, decisions, orders and changes in the law.

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Angela Lawton

Angela Lawton

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Laws - Monash University (2006)

Angela joined Armstrong Ross Lawyers (now Falcone & Adams Lawyers) in Belgrave in 2007 to undertake her Articles and was admitted into legal practice in 2008.  During this time she gained experience practising across various areas of law including Corporate & Commercial, Criminal, Debt Collection and Wills & Estates.

During the early years of her legal career, Angela learned that she was passionate about helping others and decided to practice exclusively in the area of Wills, Estate Planning and Deceased Estates.

This area of law provides Angela with the opportunity to build close business relationships with clients, beneficiaries and executors and also other businesses including accountants, financial advisers etc.

Angela’s practice includes drafting Wills, Testamentary Trusts and Powers of Attorney’s, Estate Planning and Structuring, Superannuation death benefits, Administration of Deceased Estates, Estate Litigation and Court / Tribunal appearances.

Angela provides her clients with exceptional client services, taking the time to understand their current position, advising them on their best legal position and working with them to achieve the desired result.

Regularly attending seminars and training events, Angela provides caring, professional and up to date legal advice to her clients.

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David Gale

David Gale

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - University of Tasmania (2013)

David received 1st Class honours in law from the University of Tasmania and was Valedictorian at his graduation in 2013.

David was admitted to practice in 2014 and practices exclusively in all areas of Family Law.

Prior to joining Falcone & Adams Lawyers, David practised at a leading Family Law firm in Melbourne’s CBD.

David has a particular interest in complex financial settlements and has experience in matters involving high net worth individuals and complex asset structures such as businesses, trusts, and self-managed super funds (SMSFs).  He regularly advises clients in relation to financial agreements (including pre-nuptial agreements), child support agreements and child support matters.  He has experience in parenting/children’s matters involving interstate and international relocation, changes to children’s names, family violence, mental illness, alcohol & drug use, and grandparents seeking care of grandchildren.

David is passionate about Family Law and aside from regularly attending professional development events he also reads and writes casenotes on new Family Law cases published by the Family Law Courts as well as articles on Family Law topics.

David is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.

David actively participates in the following local community and business groups:

  • Emerald and District Rotary Club Inc.
  • Business Network International (BNI) Pakenham Chapter
  • Co-facilitator of a meditation group that runs classes and workshops throughout greater Melbourne
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Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) – Australian Catholic University (2018)
  • Bachelor of Laws – Australian Catholic University (2018)

Robert graduated from university in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws.

Robert was admitted into legal practice by the Supreme Court of Victoria in August 2018 and at that time commenced working for a suburban law firm gaining valuable experience in the areas of Corporate, Commercial, Business Law and Wills & Estates.

In mid 2019, Robert joined Falcone & Adams Lawyers and has since been working within our Property Law team.

Robert has been assisting clients with all aspects of residential and commercial leasing, town planning, buying / selling and subdivision of property, including property disputes.

Robert has been part of the Cardinia and Yarra Ranges community having grown up and attended school in the local area.

Robert has a keen interest in the law, building his professional network and continuing to be involved in his local community.

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Holly Hynninen

Holly Hynninen

Lawyer

  • Bachelor of Laws – Deakin University (2018)

Holly joined Falcone & Adams Lawyers in 2016 during her university studies, assisting with various administrative and paralegal tasks.

With a keen interest to learn, Falcone & Adams Lawyers offered Holly a placement to undertake her Supervised Workplace Traineeship with the firm during 2018 and 2019.

In September 2019, Holly was admitted into legal practice by the Supreme Court of Victoria and also offered a position as a Lawyer with the firm, which she happily accepted.

During Holly’s employment with Falcone & Adams Lawyers, she has gained experience in various areas of the law including Property Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Wills, Estate Planning and Deceased Estates.  As she commences her career as a Lawyer with the firm, Holly will continue to practice in these areas however predominately in the area of Wills, Estate Planning and Deceased Estates.

Holly grew up in the local community and is looking forward to building business relationships with clients, businesses and community groups.

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Jean McLennan

Jean McLennan

Practice Manager - Belgrave Office

Jean McLennan joined Armstrong Ross in 1995 and continues in her role as the Practice Manager with Falcone & Adams Lawyers at our Belgrave office.  In 2001 Jean gained her accreditation as an Authorised Representative with ASIC and now oversees the mortgage investment practice managed by La Trobe Financial providing an alternative investment option for many of our clients. 

Jean has been an active member of the community including serving as a Director with Dandenong Ranges Finance group which owns and operates the Upwey, Belgrave, Cockatoo, Emerald and Marysville branches of the Bendigo Bank.  She served on the Board for over 10 years as the Deputy Chairperson, Chairperson of the Audit Committee, Chairperson of the HR Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee.  She was also involved in the Knox Junior Basketball Association acting as Secretary for over 10 years.

Jean is a member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA).