John Gdanski



  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, 1996
  • Diploma in Commercial Law, Monash University, 1987
  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University, 1983
  • Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, 1982
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Queensland (1999)
  • Admitted to High Court of Australia (1985)
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Victoria (1984)
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Queensland (1999)
  • Member, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member, Law Council of Australia
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association 1989
  • International Bar Association 1990
  • Associate Member, The Institute of Arbitrators Australia 1993
  • Provisional Associate, Australian Society of Accountants 1985


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Debt Recovery
  • Personal and Corporate Insolvency
  • Civil Litigation
  • Owners Corporation Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

John brings to SLF Lawyers an impressive 30 years of broad legal experience with strong links to the AFL and hospitality industries, as well as organisations such as ‘Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision’ where he is Legal Director, the ‘Starlight Foundation’ as well as the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’. He has  served on the board or committee of tens of private companies, St Kilda Football Club and National not-for-profit organisations.

John has demonstrable success in providing strategic advice on a wide range of legal matters specifically: Commercial/Corporate Law, Government matters, multinational public law, tax matters and corporate reconstructions and banking and finance matters through his work with clients across the private, public and not for profit sectors (property, finance, hospitality, sport and charity). He has developed and maintained significant contacts in these industries that can be leveraged at board level. He is also actively involved in the following charities: Sacred Heart Mission, Starlight Foundation, Five Chefs Dinner and Wheelchair Sports.

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