Mr Michael Joseph > Thomson Geer > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Thomson Geer
Level 14, 60 Martin Place
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Michael has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation: advising banks, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and private clients on a wide range of litigious matters.

As a LEADR trained mediator, Michael is committed to alternative dispute resolution. Combined with his extensive litigation experience, Michael not only maximises his clients’ position through the Court process, but also understands the costs and reputation risks associated with litigation.

Michael was the Managing Partner and Executive Chairman of Kemp Strang Lawyers (which joined Thomson Geer in October 2018) and has been the President of The Lakes Golf Club for four years. That invaluable leadership experience helps Michael to understand the broad range of issues that affect his clients and their businesses: and helps him to identify the solutions and the best way to achieve them.


  • LEADR trained mediator
  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association – committee member
  • President of The Lakes Golf Club – September 2014 – September 2018


Master of Laws
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Commerce

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency

Thomson Geer saw notable expansion in late 2018 following its acquisition of legacy firm Kemp Strang, which brought five new specialist partners to the restructuring and insolvency practice. These include practice head Peter Harrison, litigators Phil Kaunitz and Michael Joseph, Nora Minassian, who leads the firm’s recoveries team; and Melbourne-based Emma-Jane Stevens. The group focuses on the financial services sector and counts major Australian and global banks as clients; it also acts for insolvency practitioners and other financial institutions. James Daniel and Norman Fryde are also recommended for contentious work and Michael Barrett is a restructuring specialist.