NDA Senior Associate Paul Gordon wins a place on Australia’s top ‘30 Under 30’ list

Adelaide lawyer wins a place on Australia’s top ‘30 Under 30’ list


Technology, Media and Intellectual Property specialist Paul Gordon from local firm NDA Law has been singled out as one of Australia’s upcoming young leaders in the 2015 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards – the only South Australian to make the list.


The annual awards, announced in Sydney on Friday, recognise the nation’s best lawyers and future leaders aged less than 30. The list is widely regarded as a benchmark of excellence by those in the legal profession. This year more than 200 submissions were received, with 30 winners named across 10 categories.


Twenty-nine-year-old Mr Gordon, who is a Senior Associate at NDA Law, said he was thrilled to be recognised for his work in IP, Technology and Social Media law, and planned to continue driving innovation in the industry.


“I’m really excited to be included in this list along with some of the most amazing young lawyers from around the country, it’s such an honour.


“I’m a passionate believer in embracing technology and coming up with innovations to improve the legal profession so we can provide better service to clients and really add value as strategic partners.”


Paul’s entry submission included ideas for utilising an Agile project management approach, often used in software development, where practitioners and their clients collaborate as a team to finish key tasks, leading to more efficient service delivery and greater ‘ownership’ by clients.


“The legal profession has an opportunity to really embrace change and the advantages that technology can provide. As well as different approaches to how we manage projects, we can also make better use of online collaboration tools, video conferencing and other technologies to further increase efficiencies.


“While this might not be suited to every task, or every client, intellectual property work is generally brought to lawyers by more technologically savvy clients so there is certainly a place for this kind of service delivery.”


Mr Gordon’s work in providing mentoring to law students at UniSA and Adelaide University also drew the attention of judges, as did his extensive work on a number of committees including the Aboriginal Health Research Committee and as an active member of the Law Society of South Australia.


Andrea Michaels, Managing Director of NDA Law, said she was delighted to see Mr Gordon’s dedication to clients and the profession acknowledged in the national arena.

“We’re really delighted to see the spotlight shining on Paul at this time.


“He is an example of the incredible young leadership talent we have coming up in South Australia. He works tirelessly to progress the legal profession and he’s an incredible asset to the NDA team and our clients.”


It’s been a big week for Mr Gordon. NDA Law was also named last week in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as one of the state’s highest ranked IP firms. Mr Gordon was singled out as a leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyer, along with NDA Partner John MacPhail.