Stacey Shortall > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

New Zealand

Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Stacey has more than 20 years’ experience successfully representing financial institutions, other corporate clients, public sector entities and directors and officers in significant litigation and regulatory matters.

Before returning to MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2010, Stacey worked as a litigator in New York and is recognised by international legal directories as a leading New Zealand lawyer.  In 2018 Stacey was named as New Zealand’s Disputes Star of the Year at the annual Asia Law Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards.

Stacey co-authored Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand: Know the Law.  She also is a frequent speaker on issues concerning gender diversity, inclusion and the importance of giving back to the community.

Stacey was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 1996, New York State and US Federal in 2000, and US Supreme in 2007.




Public International Law Certificate, Hague Academy of International Law (2000)

LLM, University of Alberta (1996)

LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (1995)

BCA (Accounting), Victoria University of Wellington (1994)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Stacey ShortallMinterEllisonRuddWatts

The ‘technically excellent, commercially savvy‘ and ‘highly responsive‘ team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts are best known for representing New Zealand’s leading corporates, banks, public sector bodies and high-profile individuals in a range of commercial litigation matters, spanning regulatory, white collar crime, insolvency and insurance-related disputes It also has a strong track record in cross-border mandates across the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Auckland, Andrew Horne has 25 years’ experience in disputes within the financial services, technology and telecoms sectors. From the same office, Jane Standage regularly acts on investigations by the Financial Markets Authority and Reserve Bank. Oliver Skilton ‘thinks outside the box‘ and is noted for commercial disputes, as is Nick Frith  for insurance disputes and defending negligence claims against brokers. The Wellington office houses Richard Gordon, whose work encompasses banking disputes, property law and insolvency. Stacey Shortall is recommended for environmental, insurance and white-collar criminal issues. Corporate partner Briony Davies is also central to the team.