Joel is an experienced intellectual property lawyer and has been a partner at Cornwalls for over five years.

His track record includes several years with the IP department of a top-tier national firm, a senior role with a boutique specialist IP firm and an in-house IP commercialisation role with a prestigious medical research institute. His specific areas of expertise include managing and enforcing trade marks, copyright, patents, designs and confidential information.

Among other things, Joel oversees our clients’ trade mark portfolios and leads the firm’s IP dispute resolution and litigation practice.

Joel is also a registered trade marks attorney


  • Providing strategic and clearly expressed advice on managing and enforcing all forms of intellectual property

  • Resolving IP disputes arising after the breakdown of employment, distribution and other service relationships; this includes vast experience in IP litigation

  • All aspects of the trade mark prosecution process, including availability searching, preparing and filing new applications, overcoming objections raised at examination, the opposition process and portfolio management

  • Managing a network of trusted international associates who handle clients’ overseas IP needs

  • Drafting licence agreements, confidentiality agreements and IP sale and commercialisation agreements

  • Drafting and negotiating software development and licence agreements

  • Working closely with a network of patent attorneys, particularly in patent and design disputes, licensing and IP sales.


Joel has been an active volunteer for nearly 20 years with Lord Somers Camp and Power House, a non-profit and independent community development organisation based in Victoria. He is also a former Director of the organisation and held many senior leadership roles in its flagship youth development program.

Memberships and Associations

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand

  • Law Institute of Victoria


  • Master of Laws (the University of Melbourne)

  • Bachelor of Laws (Monash University)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Monash University)

  • Graduate Certificate of Trade Mark Law and Practice (University of Technology, Sydney)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Victoria

  • Federal Courts

“I like to help people understand what to do with their intellectual property. Smart and successful people sometimes seem a bit mystified by IP; I’m good at untangling things for them, placing IP in the context of their business and helping them work out whether to spend money on protecting it, or whether they should just get on with doing what they do best.”