Alessandra is an Associate in the Sydney office of Stacks Goudkamp. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2018 and previously worked at a law firm in Canberra before joining Stacks Goudkamp.
Since graduation, Ali has practiced exclusively in sexual abuse law and historic institutional sexual abuse matters. She is passionate about this area of law and feels strongly about standing up for individuals who have been wronged by powerful institutions. Ali was always interested in historic abuse cases and was fortunate enough to get a job working in this area after university.
Ali was involved in one of the largest settlements against an institution for historic sexual abuse, in which a victim of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was offered an out-of-court settlement of $3 million by the Archdiocese of Melbourne after two and a half years of litigation.
She has had a high level of autonomy in managing the carriage and progression of civil litigation matters in relation to historic childhood sexual and physical abuse, from commencement through to settlement, and advised plaintiffs and claimants on personal injury litigation, including matters of institutional abuse, negligence and vicarious liability.
Ali has an excellent ability to connect with people and build rapport, which is critical for establishing trust with survivors of institutional sexual abuse. Ali feels that in this specialised field, such skills are as just as important as being a good lawyer.
Ali is organised and likes to work in an efficient, timely manner to get results for her clients. She knows that while the work she does may not change the world, it can change one person’s world.
When she is not working, Ali likes to spend time with her adored ex-racehorse, doing showjumping and participating in events. She likes cycling, playing basketball, hiking and spending time with her family, friends and rescue dog Louie.
With a strong commitment to giving back to her community, Ali volunteers as a mentor for women in law at ANU. She is a member of the Committee for the National Capital Horse Trials.