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Our Team

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

Our Team 



John Kotsifas

Registered Migration Agent, MMIA
MARN: 1067532

Founder and Principal at JK Legal, John brings many years of experience as a former partner of Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers. 

Whist also excelling in Migration and Criminal Law, John's expertise stems from a vast back ground in employment and industrial relations and has acted in the following capacities:

  • Managing Partner for the Industrial and Employment Division
  • Represented State and Federal Trade Unions over a period of 17 years
  • Acted for Australian Nursing Federation, Australian Services Union
  • National Union of Workers, Electrical Trade Union, Teachers Federation, Meat Workers, AMWU, Metal Trades Workers, Medical Scientists, Allied Health Professionals
  • Represented the majority of Victorian and Australian Trade Unions before the High Court of Australia in relation to the Industrial Relations Constitutional Disputes
  • Registered Migration Agent with a Specialist Practice in Migration Law
  • Advises and represents international students in relation to their visa issues
  • Representation of many incorporated associations particularly sporting bodies incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981


Senior Associate lawyer

Daniel Trenton

As an Australian Legal Practitioner, Daniel provides general legal and business advice to Australian based corporate groups operating in the hospitality and technology industries and takes pride in advising Australia’s leading professional athlete, entertainers s and sporting organisations via his role as special counsel to Strategic Management Australia, management group for sports stars and top entertainers.  Daniel possesses expertise in Commercial, Migration, and Criminal law.  

Daniel has acted in the following capacities: 

  • Establishment of national non profit organisations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981
  • Providing representation and advice to international entities on cross border sale of goods
  • Commercial litigation
  • Providing advice and representation to star athletes such as award winning AFL players, and other world renowned sporting heroes
  • Drafting agreements & providing advice to national and international entertainment production companies
  • Drafting of commercial contracts
  • Industrial advice with respect to the building and construction industry
  • Consultation to IOC members in respect of media reprenstations
  • Represents state and national sporting organisations on matters relating to governance, selection,  membership and litigation
  • Defence of individuals in criminal matters
  • Fair Trading matters representing  both retailers & consumers
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 

Daniel's involvement in elite level sport is not limited to his capacity as a lawyer.  Daniel has significant achievement in sport including honours such as:

  • Olympic Silver Medalist - Sydney 2000 (Taekwondo) 
  • Australian Sports Star Award - 2000
  • Olympic Taekwondo Team Captain and Quarter Finalist - Athens 2004
  • Olympic Head Coach - Beijing 2008 
  • Australian Olympic Committee Member - 2004 - 2008
  • International Olympic Committee appointed - Youth Role Model Singapore Olympics 2010
  • President of National Sporting Organisation for Taekwondo 2016 

Daniel applies the same level of pride, dedication and focus as your legal representative as he has done in his highly distringuished sporting career. 




Luke Ashdown

 Excels in providing commercial legal solutions for corporations and small businesses and has acted in the following capacities: 

  • Drafting commercial licensing agreements for bio technology companies
  • Constitutional advice for Pty Ltd and Ltd corporations
  • Employment advice and contractual negotiations for employers and employees
  • Drafting of patents and advice on Intellectual Property matters for leading medical corporations
  • Mediation attendance and commercial litigation advice for commercial parties in dispute
  • Drafting and advice on business contracts
  • General advice on lease agreements and other property related matters


Legal Clerk 

Andrew Kotsifas

Andrew is a highly skilled legal clerk that is waiting to assist you in your legal matter. 


Legal clerk 

Michael Kotsifas

Michael is a highly skilled legal clerk that is waiting to assist you in your legal matter.


legal secretary 

Jessica Kim

Our experienced and friendly legal secretary who is waiting to assist you in communicating with our legal team.