Michael Manoria

Senior Associate




Michael advises principals, contractors, subcontractors, and owners’ corporations on a range of issues varying from the formation and establishment of construction contracts to construction disputes/litigation and rectification works.


Michael had previous carriage and conduct on a variety of matters, specifically, domestic and commercial building disputes, constructive trust disputes, personal and corporate debt recovery, insolvency, negligence, defamation, competition and consumer law, property/ lease disputes, Part IV applications, and family law disputes.

Michael’s recent experience includes:

  • advising on planning dispute with local government authority;
  • advising on third party retention of title dispute with local government authority;
  • advising on breach of credit contract of farming machinery and enforcement options to maximise recovery of debt;
  • advising on defending negligence claim in relation to a regional prohibited weed;
  • appeared at Interlocutory hearings, First Return hearings, Directions hearings, Pre-Hearing Conferences and mediation; and
  • Instructed in most courts and tribunals, including the Magistrates’ Court, Federal Circuit, Family Court of Australia, and VCAT.
  • Michael was also previously employed as a solicitor with a Melbourne-based law firm as part of the Solicitors Assisting the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informers (Lawyer ‘X’ Royal Commission).

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Memberships & Associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Goulburn Valley Law Association
  • Western Bulldogs Football Club


  • Bachelor of Laws, Victoria University
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practise

  • Victoria, Australia
  • All federal jurisdictions

Pro Bono & Community Work

  • Volunteered at Sunshine Youth Legal Centre and Victoria Legal Aid

Language Skills

  • Italian

“I aim to provide my clients with informed, thorough, and sound advice with respect to their rights and responsibilities in an attempt to obtain their most favourable and cost-effective outcome.”