Don Leembruggen

The man they call when Brisbane’s powerbrokers run into marital difficulties.

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Don Leembruggen


Don Leembruggen is a Consultant at Barry.Nilsson. based in the Brisbane office. 

‘I joined Barry.Nilsson. in the early 1980s. I focused on family law, which interested me because it’s primarily about people. I always liked how it enabled me to assist people during a difficult time in their life.’

As a family lawyer, Don specialises in complex property matters and parenting cases. He’s an Accredited Family Law Specialist, as well as a qualified mediator and arbitrator. Recognition of his expertise in family law was demonstrated when he was appointed as Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee, a role from which he only recently stepped down.

‘I’ve always believed that my strength as a family lawyer lies in my ability to provide pragmatic solutions for clients. I’ve also been practising for over 35 years, which means I’ve seen just about everything. As a result, I’m extremely well-equipped to tailor solutions to the specific needs of my clients.’

‘When push comes to shove, I think what distinguishes Barry.Nilsson. from other firms is that we cherish our clients. After all, they can be hard to come by and, once you get them, you don’t want to lose them. We’re also patient. We know that it takes time to build something and we’re quite happy to take the time needed.’

Don is recognised in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers for Family Law. 



  • Member, Family Law Practitioners Association (FLPA)
  • Member, Family Law Society
  • Member, Australian Institute of Australian Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
  • Member, Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Former Chair, Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Juris Doctor