Committee Members

Mia Behlau – President

Mia Behlau is a Special Counsel at Stone Group Lawyers working in the Dispute Resolution team. She has over 13 years’ experience in the law practice industry, focused on commercial litigation and resolving commercial disputes. 

Mia is skilled in Competition and Consumer Law, Breach of Contract, Insolvency, Construction Law and Franchising Disputes. 

Mia is known for employing a holistic philosophy to resolving commercial disputes and is skilled in implementing strategy and adopting a commercial focus to provide value and solutions to clients.

She is an advocate for Gold Coast Legal Practitioners, current President of the Gold Coast District Law Association and regular presenter for continuing legal education through the Queensland Law Society. 

Mia is also a third generation Gold Coaster, married to lawyer husband Ron Behlau and together they have 3 children aged 15, 13 and 2.

Dean Evans - Vice President

Dean Evans works as a partner at Evans & Company Family Lawyers. He has been an admitted solicitor for more than 24 years. His practice handles family and relationships law matters and has grown to include 8 lawyers working in that field. 

Dean is a QLS accredited specialist in family law and has been engaged as a committee member and as this year’s vice president within the GCDLA. 

Dean contributes to the Committee and the profession from the perspective of being a small firm partner, a practitioner working in simple to complex matters in the family law and domestic violence jurisdictions, employer, spouse and parent. 

He also co-ordinates a CPD Program for Gold Coast Family Lawyers aimed at providing cost effective, collegiate and topical continuing legal education for family lawyers

Elisha Hodgson - Treasurer

Elisha Hodgson is a solicitor at OMB Solicitors currently practicing in Commercial Litigation and Body Corporate. Having been born and raised on the Gold Coast, she has developed strong ties and a keen interest in inspiring and connecting likeminded professionals in the development of our growing professional community. 

She is passionate about giving back to the community by volunteering at the Robina Community Legal Centre (one of the many great foundations that GCDLA supports) and continuing to volunteer her time to various committee positions including the Bond Equestrian Club and Tallebudgera Pony Club. 

Elisha is enthusiastic about achieving the objectives of the GCDLA by promoting confidence and goodwill between our community and the legal profession by increasing networking and professional development opportunities. In her downtime, Elisha can be found surfing at the beautiful Burleigh point, competing in the sport of Show jumping (Equestrian) or coaching young riders in Equestrian from her property in Tallebudgera.


Cliff Kroesen - Secretary

Cliff Kroesen is the director of Kroesen & Co. Lawyers at Southport. Cliff has a background in litigation and practises in the areas of Estates and Family law. Cliff is an enthusiastic advocate for his clients and enjoys resolving disputes.

Cliff studied on the Gold Coast at Griffith Bond Universities and enjoys being a part of the Gold Coast Legal Community.

Outside of work Cliff has had significant involvement with Southport Surf Lifesaving Club where he has been a surf rowing coach for many years.

Kathy Atkins

Kathy was admitted to practice in 1985 and commenced practising on the Gold Coast in 1987, first in commercial and property law and then in family law. She is an accredited family law specialist and currently serves as the Chair of the QLS Family Law Committee.

Kathy has served as a committee member of the QLS Family Law Committee since 1999 and as a committee member of the GCDLA since 1995. She consulted to Jones Mitchell Lawyers for over 20 years. Kathy currently holds the position of Associate Dean (External Engagement and International) in the Faculty of Law at Bond University.

She teaches family law at Bond University and co-ordinates the Family Law Legal Practice Clinic. Kathy is a member of the GCDLA’s “Gold Coast Lawyers Achieving Development” mentoring program sub-committee and values the opportunity to support young lawyers in their legal career journey.

Alice Drummond

Alice Drummond is an accredited specialist divorce and family lawyer and Partner at Ramsden Lawyers.  

Alice has a strong identification with the Gold Coast having completed her schooling, tertiary education and then practicing as a solicitor for over 11 years in the local area.  

Alice has been on the Gold Coast District Law Association Committee since July 2017 and has enjoyed the opportunity to promote the interests of our community and support goodwill between the members of the legal profession.

Caralee Fontenele 

Caralee is the principal and director or Collective Family Law Group. She drives a team of dedicated family lawyers that are focused on helping people through their family law issues. 

Caralee is skilled in property division, parenting issues, domestic violence issues and complex family law disputes. 

Caralee is known for providing clients with practical legal advice and solutions with a focus to provide value and solutions so that clients can move on with their life after separation and divorce. 

She has been an active member of the Gold Coast District Law Association for three years with a keen focus and influence on digital technology and communication to benefit members.

Simone Fraser

Simone was born and raised on the Gold Coast.  She attended St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School and Somerset College before going on to study at Bond University.

Simone has been admitted as a legal practitioner since 2007 and commenced practice at the Bar in 2013. Prior to going to the Bar, Simone was an Associate to Justice Philippides of the Supreme Court of Queensland and worked in private practice and in-house.

Simone practices primarily in the area of family law and is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, a nationally accredited mediator and a nationally accredited family law arbitrator. In 2019, Simone was named in Doyles Guide as a recommended junior counsel in Queensland for family law, for parenting and children’s matters and for family law mediation. 

Simone lived in Brisbane for a period of time before realising the errors of her ways.   She returned to the Gold Coast in 2012 where she now lives with her husband and three young children.

In 2016 together with her husband, Andrew Fraser, and colleague, Rachael Hempling, Simone established French Quarter Chambers and Mediation Centre here on the Gold Coast.

Lauren Hicks 

Lauren is the Practice Director of Hix Lawyers and focuses her specialities within this practice in the areas of Class Actions, Corporate and Commercial Litigation. 

During her studies at Bond University, Lauren attained a Certificate of Specialisation in Corporate and Commercial Law as well as General Legal Practice. 

Despite holding a Queensland Practising Certificate and High Court of Australia Practising Certificate, she also has experience in New South Wales, Victoria, the Federal Court and tribunals including but not limited to, QCAT and NCAT. 

Lauren is an elected committee member who sits on the board of the Gold Coast District Law Association.

Erin Mitchell 

Erin Mitchell is a senior criminal lawyer at Potts Lawyers, working exclusively in criminal defence and domestic violence law. She has experience appearing in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts across Queensland.

Erin enjoys assisting clients through the criminal justice system, ensuring they understand their options and are supported throughout the process – whether they are facing a minor traffic offence or a serious charge that is likely to change their lives forever.

She has previously enjoyed volunteering at her local community legal centre and since 2016 has been a committee member of the Gold Coast District Law Association, most recently having held the position of Treasurer. Erin has assisted with mentoring junior members of the profession through the GLAD program as well as assisting to organise an array of GCDLA events – as she feels passionately about continuing the collegiality of the Gold Coast legal profession. She also enjoys connecting with lawyers and law students through her Instagram, @lady.crim.lawyers - where Erin and her colleague share their passion for law, supporting women in the profession and finding happiness in the profession!

Anna Morgan

Anna Morgan is Special Counsel at Ramsden Lawyers and Practice Leader of their new Personal Injury offering under the brand Evolve Legal. She is passionate about helping injured people seek justice and access and damages.

Anna has held various positions in the GCDLA including President (3 years), Treasurer (2 years) and Committee member (2 years). During Anna’s tenure as President, she focused on supporting member’s efforts to form relationships and networks through social events, supporting mental wellbeing initiatives for the benefit of the profession and lobbying for a Supreme Court presence on the Gold Coast.

Anna also authored and lectures a post-graduate subject at Bond University called Expert Witness & Dispute Resolution.    

Anna sits on organising committees for various QLS conferences including the QLS Symposium , Gold Coast Symposium and QLS Personal Injury Conference.

Prior to joining Ramsden, Anna worked at Maurice Blackburn for over 8 years, after first spending more than 11 years at Minter Ellison Gold Coast.

Joelene Nel

Joelene is a passionate and professional family lawyer and mediator, she is an Associate Director at McLaughlins Lawyers on the Gold Coast. 

Joelene contributes to the legal profession and local community by mentoring lawyers and volunteering at My Community Legal, Women's Legal Services Queensland and RizeUp.

Since 2015 Joelene has been an active committee member of the Gold Coast District Law Association; holding the position of Treasurer from 2015 -2018. Her involvement has included various initiatives of the GCDLA for both networking and professional development. The hotly contested annual trivia night is Joelene’s personal favourite, however her other highlights include organising the International Women’s Day High Tea with Carla Zampatti, the My Community Legal Charity Ball and being on the sub-committee for the annual GCDLA / QLS Symposium. Since 2016, Joelene and fellow committee members, Erin Mitchell and Kathy Atkins, have co-ordinated the GCDLA GLAD (Gold Coast Lawyers Achieving Development) mentoring program. Joelene was a finalist in the 2019 Women in Law Awards for Mentor of the Year.

Joelene is an advocate for creating and encouraging practical ways for practitioners to build wellness and wholeness into their work and home life. Joelene’s weakness is chocolate!

Lynne Weathered

Lynne Weathered is a legal academic, based at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith Law School. Her research and teaching has a particular focus on miscarriages of justice and the correction of wrongful convictions. In 2001 she co-founded the Griffith University Innocence Project and she was Director of the Project from 2001 – 2019. Lynne is now an Advisory Board member of the Project. From  2004 - 2014, Lynne was also a Board Member of the (international) Innocence Network and remains on the International Committee of the Network.

Lynne is a committed member of the Gold Coast community having resided here for over thirty years. Prior to commencing at Griffith Law School, she taught at Bond University. Lynne has been a member of the GCDLA since 2015 and was first elected to the Committee in 2018.

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