Our Team

The Doolan Wagner team is committed to providing you with a clear understanding of your circumstances, your rights and the likely outcomes of your matter. Once you have this understanding, we can then skilfully guide you on your chosen legal path.

“At Doolan Wagner, we focus on reaching successful client outcomes, as well as providing quality of service. We want every client to leave us satisfied that the advice they receive has delivered the best possible outcome for their situation.”

We understand that family law matters can be very difficult for the people involved, including your children. It’s our job to make it easier, by providing support, guidance and expert advice throughout.

Lisa Wagner


Lisa Wagner has devoted her career to Family Law. She has built her reputation over many years working for a range of family law firms, both in the city and regionally, before becoming the founding principal of her own firm. Lisa is an experienced practitioner and litigator, and is well respected by her peers.

Having studied economics, she is particularly adept at offering her client’s advice regarding property settlements involving multiple assets, family businesses and superannuation splitting. As well as property and financial matters, Lisa has extensive experience in matters concerning parenting arrangements and child support. Lisa also acts as a court appointed Independent Children’s Lawyer for children in difficult and complex parenting cases.

Lisa’s aim is to provide her clients with exceptional service. Practicing law for Lisa is about being able to assist her clients with expert guidance and representation regarding family law matters. Lisa is an Accredited Family Law specialist and a nationally registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Lisa is also focused on giving back to the community. She has supported a range of community and pro bono initiatives, including the Manly Community Legal Centre and the North Shore Family Lawyers Practice Group.

Lisa has been identified as a recommended family lawyer in Doyles Guide 2015.

Lisa believes that great law firms are focused on service. She has created Doolan Wagner to offer a dedicated and specialised family law practice, with a strong service and solution focus for her clients.

Contact: lwagner@familylawyersdw.com.au

Deena Palethorpe

Family Lawyer


Deena has a keen interest in family law and has practised in the area  since completing her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Deena also holds a Bachelor of Social Science from Macquarie University.

Currently  completing a Masters of Law, Deena’s commitment in family law continues to strengthen.  After having worked as an Associate to a Judge in the Federal Circuit Court, Deena’s Court experience has enhanced her knowledge of family law which started with her working in a boutique family law firm in the Sydney CBD.

During her law degree, Deena completed a Research Thesis examining Attachment Theory and Court-imposed parenting arrangements for the 0 to 4 age group.  Deena is thoroughly aware of the different considerations and concerns when it comes to considering your children’s best interests.

Deena is not only proficient in parenting matters, but brings a wealth of commercial knowledge to our office.  Deena has  been a resident of the Lower North Shore her entire life, and as such, she is acutely aware of the issues that you may need assistance with in your separation.

Deena is an active community member and was a contributor to the recent publication ‘The Practioner’s Guide to Family Law’, 5th edition.

Deena is extremely warm and engaging. Her advice and support reflects the considerable expertise that she has developed in family law matters.


Contact: dpalethorpe@familylawyersdw.com.au

Bronwyn O'Loan

Family Lawyer

Bronwyn has a passion for family law and has worked largely in this area since completing her studies at Sydney University as an LPAB graduate with awards in Taxation, Business and Family Law.  Bronwyn is trained in Collaborative Law and also holds a Bachelor of Education.  This background along with many years of commercial experience, provides her with a strong understanding of family law, property and parenting matters, and de facto relationship cases.  Currently undertaking a Masters of Law, Bronwyn continues to develop her skills and knowledge in the area of family law.

As a long term resident on the Lower North Shore, her experience in commercial, property and business matters enables Bronwyn to approach her work in a manner that incorporates a diverse spectrum of experience. This benefits you as her client with a broad view of law and where your matter fits within it, and allows Bronwyn to address your matter effectively and efficiently.

Bronwyn is committed to excellence and ensuring that your needs are met, understood and properly resolved.  She is meticulous in her preparation of documents and you will benefit from her warm and friendly approach.

Contact: boloan@familylawyersdw.com.au

Trish Gabor

Practice Manager

Keeping our team on their toes and to their schedule is Trish Gabor – an adept and proficient organiser.

Trish oversees the day-to-day running of the practice having an extensive background in business administration and client services for over 20 years.

Our clients find Trish both approachable and easy to deal with. Trish is particularly efficient and ensures that our practice runs smoothly and any queries you may have, no matter how big or small, are quickly taken care of.


Contact: practicemanager@familylawyersdw.com.au

Nicole Pozovsky

Family Lawyer

Nicole completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney and has been working exclusively in the area of family law.

Nicole joins us having previously worked with two specialised Family Law firms on Sydney’s North Shore. This experience has familiarised her with the issues affecting the community and assists her in providing a tailored response to your needs.

Nicole’s experience has honed her skills in dealing with the issues affecting separating couples in the local community to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Nicole has a particular interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution practices to ensure the early and cost-effective resolution of Family Law matters.

Nicole is focussed and dedicated to offering practical solutions to parenting and financial matters. Nicole’s Russian language skills are also a unique and much valued asset to our team.


Contact: npozovsky@familylawyersdw.com.au

Joanne Stapley

Family Lawyer

Jo completed her Bachelor of Laws at Notre Dame University Western Australia in 2007. After initially gaining a graduate position in Canberra she was wooed by Sydney, which she now calls home. Jo has worked in a number of Family Law firms on the North Shore of Sydney and also on Sydney’s Northern Beaches amidst raising her own family. Jo is passionate about family welfare and helping families deal with the many challenges that are associated with separation and divorce.

Providing a professional and friendly service to her clients Jo enables them to feel confident that they have a full understanding of their rights and responsibilities in the Family Law system.

Jo brings her supportive and nurturing values instilled by her own family to the practice and her clients.




Contact: jstapley@familylawyersdw.com.au

Lucy Warhurst

Family Lawyer

Since completing her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Sydney Lucy has worked in the community legal sector in the area of Family Law. Lucy’s compassionate yet efficient approach has helped her resolve many complex legal matters for individuals and families across Sydney. Lucy continues her pro-bono work with Marrickville Legal Centre and is a strong addition to our specialist family law team.

Lucy also holds a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney. Her background in psychology makes her particularly adept at providing support to her clients and understanding the emotional issues that underlie Family Law matters. Her study has also provided her with the necessary analytical skills for dealing effectively with complex financial matters.

Lucy is highly empathetic, warm and supportive in her dealings with clients and will actively seek the best outcome for you and your family.




Contact: lwarhurst@familylawyers