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Our Team 

Marie Fedorov


Marie Fedorov is the Director of FEDOROV Family Lawyers and Family Mediation Station.


With almost 20 years of experience as a Family Lawyer and with her collaborative law skills and mediation skills, Marie is a thought leader in Family Law offering a unique approach to family law matters focusing on out of Court solutions to stop the heartache so that her clients can move on with their lives.


Marie offers support and guidance through FEDOROV Family Lawyers unique Separation and Support Service to emotionally support our clients and empowering them to make considered decisions when negotiating outcomes. Combined with a friendly nature Marie is not only dedicated to understanding Client’s needs but is also dedicated to thinking outside the square whilst providing professional advice to clients in a timely and cost-effective fashion. Marie is a thought leader in Family Law and is hands down one of the best female family law lawyers on the Gold Coast.


In her spare time, Marie loves spending time with her husband and two little boys, running (and running after her boys) cooking up a storm and travel.


Natasha Harris

Head of Family Law, Gold Coast

Natasha has practised exclusively in family law for almost 10 years.


Natasha is passionate about helping her clients resolve their property settlement matters as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. She often receives positive feedback and referrals from her clients are grateful for her experience and honest advice.


Natasha has a particular interest in alternate dispute resolution which can often achieve a more efficient, discrete and harmonious resolution for clients. In her spare time, Natasha enjoy spending time with family and friends and travelling.


Michelangelo Benedetti

Senior Associate

Michelangelo is a diversified legal practitioner with almost 9 years post-admission experience. He has 6 years of focused family law experience on the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Michelangelo is an experienced negotiator of dispute and has a record of handling high volume of cases, while forming excellent client relations and obtaining quality outcomes across the spectrum of family law matters. He is also a capable solicitor-advocate and trusted advisor, having represented numerous clients both in court proceedings and mediations.


Between 2018 and 2020, Michelangelo took up a legal in-house role with the headquarters of an international non-governmental organization, working in corporate governance and compliance, property and land, contracts, banking, taxation, privacy, employment and litigation.


In 2021, he returned to the field of family and re-joined Fedorov Family Lawyers, having worked at the firm previously between 2016 and 2018.


Michelangelo has a particular interest in forms of alternate dispute resolution, such as mediation, and how they can help clients achieve better outcomes without the need for expensive and protracted litigation.


In his spare time, Michelangelo enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer. He is an avid supporter of his favourite team, Juventus FC.

Leanne Stuchbery

Leanne Stuchbery

Senior Associate

Leanne has been practising in Family Law for over 17 years in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Melbourne markets.

In that time, Leanne has been able to gather experience in a wide range of matters which can be applied to assist clients in negotiations and in court proceedings in which that becomes necessary.  Leanne can assist in property settlement, parenting matters and child support matters.

Leanne has a particular interest in property settlement matters and finding creative solutions that meet her client’s needs.

In her spare time, Leanne enjoys spending time with her family, yoga and baking with her children.

Jay Verrico

Jay Verrico

Separation and Life Coach

Jay draws from a wealth of over 20 years’ experience enabling and developing others personally and professionally. With an intuitive and empathetic approach to coaching and mentoring, Jay’s exceptional communication skills create a strong personal drive to help others achieve their full potential.


Going through a separation can leave you feeling stuck in a negative place with little direction or even knowledge of who you are! Jay’s gentle structured approached will support you to move forward with your journey towards a new life.

Joanna Burnett

Joanna Burnett

Separation Consultant

Joanna Burnett is a professional counsellor qualifying in 2003 with a Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University. Joanna worked in the NSW local magistrate’s courts supporting people experiencing domestic violence and counselling/groups for families in the Tweed Shire.


She started her private practice in both NSW/QLD as a counsellor in 2006 working with families, individuals and couples. Joanna continued to work in her counselling practice part time and in 2005 worked in a psychiatric hospital, with inpatients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma and other mental health issues for over 10 years, whilst completing a Masters in Forensic Mental Health in 2013 with Griffith University.


Since 2017, Joanna has been working both in counselling and assessing separating couples in collaboration with family lawyers. She has commenced a Masters by Thesis in 2018 researching family violence and mediation with Southern Cross University.


Karen Ovens

Chief Financial Officer

Karen is our CFO and brings to the practice over 20 years commercial and corporate experience.


In her spare time Karen enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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Lana Lake

Accounts Administrator



Stella Kantarivic

Administration Assistant

Stella recently joined our firm and has a passion for Family Law.  She is currently studying at Griffith University in her penultimate year.

In her spare time, Stella enjoys time at the beach and spending time with family and friends.

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Vicki Petersen

Legal Secretary

Vicki brings great understanding of what is involved in family law matters.


When not at work you can find Vicki spending time with her family, taking the grandchildren on adventures or sitting at home reading a good book or listening to her eclectic taste in music (and it is eclectic!!).


Lateesha Bell

Legal Secretary

Lateesha has worked as a Legal Assistant in the area of Family Law for 9 years. Her empathetic nature is something that our clients really appreciate as go through the emotional Divorce process.


In her spare time, Lateesha enjoys travelling, spending time at the beach, jet skiing and catching up with friends and family.

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Stephanie Iliuk


Stephanie Iliuk is the Receptionist at FEDOROV Family Lawyers and is also, a university student completing her degree in Speech Pathology.

She has a strong work ethic and values organisation and colleague comradery in the workplace.  Stephanie understands how to communicate with clients both over the phone and in person to ensure a positive client experience.

Stephanie loves spending time with family and at the beach where she enjoys paddle boarding, swimming and getting thrown off the tube.