Australia: Former federal judge joins DLA Piper

A former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, who retired from the bench in December, will serve as a senior adviser for global law firm DLA Piper, advising on investigations, class actions and inquiries.

The Hon. John Middleton AM KC (pictured) – who sat on the bench of the Federal Court for 16 years before retiring late last year – is the newest senior adviser at DLA Piper, joining the global firm’s Melbourne office.

Mr Middleton will advise large public and private sector clients on investigations, class actions and inquiries.

“When a board of directors needs senior counsel on a major inquiry, John will spearhead that effort,” said DLA Piper Australian managing partner Amber Matthews.

“John’s appointment bolsters our market-leading litigation and regulatory team and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to strategic litigation at a level where few firms compete.”

Mr Middleton added: “I was attracted to DLA Piper for their fearless work on big ticket litigation, whether that’s acting for a foreign government, listed corporations or government.”

“DLA Piper’s work (including pro bono work) in the Pacific nations is something I would like to become involved in, as part of Australia’s overall commitment in the region.”

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