Barry.Nilsson. Managing Partner sets the tone from the top, celebrating 27 exceptional years of steady leadership and growth Barry.Nilsson. Managing Partner sets the tone from the top, celebrating 27 exceptional years of steady leadership and growth

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Barry.Nilsson. Managing Partner sets the tone from the top, celebrating 27 exceptional years of steady leadership and growth

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

  • Barry.Nilsson. Managing Partner Don Leembruggen marks 35 years with the rapidly growing national law firm
  • Mr Leembruggen has provided steady leadership as Managing Partner since 1990
  • Firm positioned for further growth nationwide after successful expansion into Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart

Barry.Nilsson. Managing Partner, Don Leembruggen has celebrated his 35th year with the growing national law firm this month, laying the foundations for continued growth while building an award-winning culture.

Having joined the then Brisbane-based firm’s family law practice in June 1982, Mr Leembruggen became a Partner two years later, swiftly followed by his appointment as Managing Partner in 1990. During his 27 years of steady leadership at the firm, he has championed the national expansion into Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart, guiding it from a Queensland practice of 13 partners and 57 lawyers to a national firm of over 100 professional staff, including 27 partners.

An Accredited Family Law Specialist, arbitrator and mediator, Mr Leembruggen served as the Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2013. He is also regularly recognised as a leading family and divorce lawyer for Brisbane in Doyle’s Guide.  

Having masterminded Barry.Nilsson.’s successful expansion over a period of just two years, Mr Leembruggen is confident of achieving further milestones for the firm, and continuing to live its longstanding values of dedication, excellence, loyalty and trustworthiness.

“With the assistance of our most senior insurance partners, Rhett Kennedy and Peter Murdoch, and fellow longstanding family law partner, Geoff Sinclair, I’ve concentrated on creating a national footprint for Barry.Nilsson. that preserves the firm’s culture, which we believe is one of our strongest assets and central to the firm’s success”, he said.

“Our staff retention levels are remarkably high. I’m excited by the quality of talent we continue to attract and am confident Barry.Nilsson. is well-placed to achieve further growth nationwide.”

Geoff Sinclair has worked alongside Mr Leembruggen as a family lawyer for almost 30 years. Together they built the leading Brisbane-based family law practice, before expanding the national family law footprint to Victoria in early 2016.  

Commenting on Mr Leembruggen’s successful career, Mr Sinclair said “Don has ‘walked the talk’ when it comes to instilling the right values in our firm. The legal industry has seen dramatic changes during Don’s career and it’s a mark of his longstanding, steady leadership and accomplishments that he has been able to position Barry.Nilsson. to not only survive but thrive at a time of intensifying competition and technological change”.

Rhett Kennedy, National Insurance & Health Lead Partner, said Mr Leembruggen’s leadership had proved instrumental in the firm’s successful expansion.

“Don’s technical ability, drive and vision have contributed significantly to the continuing success of our practice. As Barry.Nilsson.’s Managing Partner for the past 27 years, his strong and stable leadership has been crucial in developing the firm’s culture and values. He has been integral to the recent interstate expansion and his contribution to the firm’s success cannot be overstated,” Mr Kennedy said.

“I would like to congratulate Don for this personal milestone, as we look forward to the next 35 years of successful growth for our firm.”

About Barry.Nilsson.

Established in 1963, Barry.Nilsson. is a national law firm with a reputation for leadership in the areas of Insurance & Health, Family law & Estate Planning, and Property & Commercial. We have more than 100 lawyers and legal staff including 27 partners in offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart.

Widely recognised for our no nonsense and commercially astute approach, wherever we are we aim to provide each client with the best possible outcome. Our multi award-winning firm has been consistently rewarded for its strength and expertise across each area of specialisation and was named Professional Services Firm of the Year in the 2016 ANZIIF Australian Insurance Industry Awards. Our legal team has also received a raft of technical and individual accolades in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers including Top Listed Insurance Law Firm, First Tier Family & Divorce Law Firm and Insurance Lawyer of the Year.

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