Lisa Egan joins Mills Oakley as IP partner
10 May 2022
Lisa Egan has joined national firm Mills Oakley in Melbourne as a partner in the firm’s IP practice.
Egan has specialized in IP law for more than 20 years, including seven years as a partner at K&L Gates (formerly Middletons) and several years acting in senior in-house roles with fashion retail brand KOOKAI and Sigma Healthcare. Most recently she operated her own boutique law firm, Monde Legal. She also acts in several key roles in the sporting and business community, including acting as Board Member and Company Secretary of the Melbourne Fashion Festival and Chair of the Essendon Women’s Network at the Essendon Football Club.
Egan’s expertise in IP matters includes extensive litigation experience in leading IP cases in the Federal Court in relation to trademarks, copyright, and misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off claims. She also provides advice for clients on IP protection and enforcement strategy, including confidential information, prosecutes trademark and design applications, acts in trademark oppositions, and manages IP portfolios.
Egan is already well-known within Mills Oakley, having been the preferred source of IP advice for the Clarendons Lawyers team who joined the national corporate practice last year.
CEO John Nerurker said that this relationship was instrumental in the decision to invite Egan to join the firm: “Lisa came to us with the strong recommendation of our corporate partners Nick Manuell and Tony Symons, who had worked with her for many years both at Clarendons and K&L Gates before that. Having met Lisa, we immediately understood why she was so well regarded by clients and colleagues alike and we are fortunate to have secured a practitioner of her calibre for our firm.”
Commenting on her decision to join Mills Oakley, Egan said: “I was impressed by the open, transparent culture here at Mills Oakley and the opportunity to build the IP capability at the firm. Cultural fit is central to achieving the best result for clients, and I am looking forward to doing exactly that in collaboration with my new colleagues.”