Meet our Team

At Rigoli Lawyers, you are provided with a unique service with an emphasis on personal attention, affordability and transparency with all communications. There is a lot of jargon in the legal world and it can sometimes be very difficult to understand. This is why we speak in a way you understand, so you know what is happening every step of the way.

Maria Rigoli

Principal and Founder of Rigoli Lawyers

B.A. LLB. (Melb) Acc.Spec (Fam)

Maria’s speciality areas are complex family law property disputes, deceased estate disputes, superannuation death benefits and inheritance disputes. Maria is a Family Law Specialist, accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria (see below).  Maria’s qualifications and memberships include:

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (since 1991)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia (since 1992)
  • Member of the Victorian Lawyers Recognised Professional Association
  • Lawyer Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Family Law section of The Law Institute of Victoria.
  • Past member on the Referral Panel and Simplified Grants Panel (Family Law), Victoria Legal Aid
  • Past Legal Expert on the 3MP Advice Line run by the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Past member (and volunteer solicitor) on numerous Community Legal Centres in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area
  • Past member of The Lawyer’s Panel, Relationships Australia
  • Expert author with Ezines
  • Copywriter and general commercial writer
  • Family Law Specialist Accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria.
Family law

Family law case where the husband was bankrupt and his trustee in bankruptcy was claiming the property owned by him which would have left the wife with nothing. The wife had nothing to do with his debts that were run up as a result of gambling. Acting for the wife Maria was able to secure a good property settlement first and then the trustee in bankruptcy was only able to claim and take the husband’s smaller percentage out of the family law division made by the Family Court.


Family law case where there are complex business structures requiring untangling of information and subpoena of documents and information not disclosed by the other spouse.

Spousal maintenance

Spousal maintenance cases where the client does not have funds to start the family law case and cannot support herself/himself on current income but the other spouse has a high income.

Successfully set aside a mortgage

Successfully set aside a mortgage against a bank who did not follow correct procedures: Geelong Building Society (in liq) v Thomas (1996) Aust Contract R 90-068

Representation of CEOs and managing directors

Representation of various CEOs and managing directors in legal disputes involving cross commercial, property and family law issues.

Deferment of legal fees

Cases where payment of legal fees are deferred* and not paid until the end of the case.  The Principal will review all applications for deferred payment requests.

*Eligibility criteria applies prior to approval

Legal and Support Team

Our whole legal team is committed to helping you.


Carmel has over 30 years' experience as a family lawyer,conducting complex cases. She has a keen eye for strategies in client cases and is focused on how to reach the optimum outcome for clients with a minimum of stress for them. She is extremely approachable and easy to communicate with and someone you really would want to have on 'your side'.

Carmel Morrison

Senior Family Lawyer (B.A, LL.B)

Maria is the Principal of Rigoli Lawyers and she specialises in complex family law property disputes. Maria is also a Family Law Specialist, accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria and also won the 2016 Law Institute Victoria Suburban Lawyer of the Year

Maria Rigoli

B.A. LLB. (MELB) ACC.SPEC (FAM) Principal Accredited Family Law Specialist

Wendy is experienced in a broad range of legal practice areas which benefits her family law practice, including intervention orders, complex parenting disputes and commercial law and has also completed a Master of Applied Law (Family Law).
Wendy regularly appears in the Family Law Courts and puts our clients at ease during difficult times. Wendy is a strong negotiator as well as a strong court advocate.

Wendy George

Senior Family Lawyer (LLB, GDLP)

A Family law and Criminal Lawyer with past experience as a Court Registrar, Violet regularly appears in the Family, Federal Circuit and Magistrates’ Courts on family law, intervention order and police matters. Violet can speak and write fluently in Persian and also speaks Assyrian.

Violet Lazari

Family and Criminal Lawyer LLB,BSocSc (Leg & DispSt) GDLP

Priya is an all-rounder with experience in Property law & Contractual Disputes but her specialty areas are Wills & Probate, Deceased Estates & Family Provision claims. Priya has the ability to deal with complex matters in a sensitive yet pragmatic way reducing client's trauma and stress after a loved ones death or family dispute.
Priya is originally from Singapore and speaks fluent Tamil & conversational Mandarin.

Priya Silwaraju

Estates & Property Lawyer (LLB.,GDLP)

Stephanie holds degrees in Law and Commerce with a major in accounting and economics. Having experience also in family businesses and property development, Stephanie brings to the table strong commercial skills. Stephanie practises in wills and estate matters, family law financial matters and property.

Stephanie Cullia

Estates & Property Lawyer (BCom, L.L.B, GDLP)

Mary is the first port of call when you are selling real estate and need the vendors statement quickly prepared. She has years of experience assisting with the preparation of all types court documents, conveyancing for property transfers, accounting and legal procedures.

Mary Velickovska

Conveyancing Clerk/Paralegal

Sarom is an experienced paralegal and works in our family law litigation support team. She has a keen eye for detail and is responsive to client communications when our family lawyers are in court or unavailable to take client calls.

Sarom Trinh

Paralegal/Law Clerk

Tara is an experienced family law and litigation paralegal. Coming from a psychology and educational background with various degrees, Tara is also NAATI accredited to translate Tamil to English.

Tara Ganeshadasan

Paralegal/Law Clerk

Alexsandra is the first port of call for all your legal enquires, and can discuss with you which lawyer is best suited to your needs. Alexsandra comes from a wealth of retail and customer service experience, and now managers our office administration. If you have not been to Rigoli Lawyers before, make sure you mention our offer of free half hour consult when Alexsandra makes your booking.

Alexsandra Boshevski

Administration Manager

Supporting our firm, we also have a number of legal personnel assisting with the day to day running of the practice including business and technical development and legal research, as well as many senior barristers and consultants.