Robert Lopich

Introduction

Robert Lopich

Robert Lopich is a director and principal of Collaborative Lawyers Pty Ltd (an incorporated legal practice operating as “Lopich Lawyers”); Mediate Today Pty Ltd and the Texas based Global Collaborative Law Council. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Mediation Conference and is a past President of Collaborative Professionals (NSW) Inc.  He is also a member of Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR), ADRA, the Law Society of NSW and the Dispute Resolution Section and the Mediation Section of the American Bar Association.

He holds a current, unrestricted practising certificate and has in excess of 35 years experience in providing high quality legal and non-adversarial dispute resolution services to his clients.

He is a senior lawyer practising in the areas of commercial and residential property law, business and commercial matters including commercial and retail shop leases and a commercial collaborative lawyer. He is also mediator, conciliator and facilitator holding national accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) with Mediate Today Pty Ltd, Resolution Institute and the Law Society of New South Wales.

Robert is a dispute resolution trainer and a collaborative lawyer (Advanced Level), collaborative law trainer / coach and a Level 3 mediator with specialised accreditation from the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre (ACDC) in Local Government Mediation, Business and Commercial Mediation and has completed the Advanced Mediation Certificate from Bond University.

Robert also holds a Certificate IV, Assessment and Workplace Training and has completed the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, “Training the Trainers” program. As a legal practitioner, Robert has significant experience acting for local government having acted for Snowy River Shire Council and Shellharbour City Council in relation to a broad cross section of matters from commercial litigation to the creation of easements and covenants affecting land, compulsory acquisition of land pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act, rezoning applications, residential and commercial land transactions including the subdivision of Council owned land for commercial and residential use, sale and purchase of residential and commercial land, commercial leases, various Deeds, Licenses and Agreements.

Although Robert no longer conducts litigation matters, he conducts a collaborative law practice in the areas of commercial and business matters, including disputes concerning partnerships and joint venturers, contractual issues, franchising, company directors, liability and warranty disputes, construction and building disputes, local government, planning and environmental issues, property development issues, commercial and residential property (including commercial and retail lease matters), and industrial and workplace relations.

Accomplishments

  • May 1986 – established Robert Lopich & Associates;
  • August 1995 – Successfully tendered to provide legal services to the Australian Department of Transport, Airport Task Force;
  • September 1995 – Lopich Lawyers commenced to practise in Canberra;
  • June 2005 – Lopich Lawyers commenced to practise in Sydney;
  • November 2011 – acquired alternative dispute resolution organisation, Mediate Today Pty Ltd.

Tertiary Education

Diploma in Law (S.A.B.) – University of Sydney, Law Extension Committee 1982

Courses

  • Integrated Sustainability – University of Technology of Sydney, Centre for Local Government;
  • Development Control – University of Technology of Sydney, Centre for Local Government;
  • Mediation Certificate – Bond University, Dispute Resolution Centre;
  • Certificate of Accreditation – Mediation Level 3, Business & Commercial Mediation, Australian Commercial Dispute Centre;
  • Certificate of Accreditation – Mediation Level 3, Local Government Mediation, Australian Commercial Dispute Centre;
  • Collaborative Law Practice Program – University of Technology of Sydney: Law Short Course, presented by Stuart Webb and Marion Korn;
  • Advanced Mediation Skills Workshop – The Heart of Conflict: Advanced Skills for the Dispute Resolution Professional – presented by Bernie Mayer for LEADR;
  • Advanced Mediation Certificate – Bond University, Dispute Resolution Centre;
  • Certificate IV, Assessment and Workplace Training – The Illawarra Information Technology Centre;
  • Workplace Dispute ADR Training – The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia;
  • Collaborative Law Negotiation Skills – National Centre of Collaborative Law, presented by Dr Tom Altobelli;
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice – University of Technology of Sydney, presented by Marion Korn;
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice 2007 – University of Technology of Sydney, presented by Marion Korn;
  • Advanced Strategies Workshop and Private Session Strategies Workshop – LEADR presented by Forrest (Woody) Mosten, April 2007;
  • Narrative Mediation Training with Richard Jaffee Cohen, JD, July 2008;
  • Training The Trainers Program – The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, New Orleans, October 2008;
  • Kongres 2009 – LEADR 10th Annual International Conference – September 2009;
  • American Bar Association – Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference – April 2009;
  • American Bar Association – Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference – April 2011;
  • Kongres 2011 – LEADR 12th Annual International Conference – September 2011;
  • Engaging the Public Controversy – with Peter Adler for LEADR – November 2011;
  • American Bar Association – Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference – Spring 2012;
  • “Appreciating Change” – Appreciative Inquiry training – with Sarah Lewis – November 2014. 

Professional Qualifications and Standing

  • Admitted to practise as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Federal Court of Australia and High Court of Australia in 1982;
  • Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory in 1992;
  • Holds a current unrestricted practising certificate as an Australian legal practitioner;
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator and member of Resolution Institute;
  • Office of the Franchising Mediation Adviser panel mediator;
  • Produce and Grocery Industry Ombudsman panel mediator;
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator and panel mediator for the Law Society of New South Wales;
  • Accredited mediator in Local Government Mediation, Australian Commercial Dispute Centre;
  • Accredited mediator in Business & Commercial Mediation, Australian Commercial Dispute Centre;
  • Collaborative Lawyer (Advanced Level).  

Trainings and Papers Delivered

  • Worked as training coach during the Introductory Collaborative Practice and the Advanced Collaborative Practice courses conducted by Marion Korn in 2006 through the University of Technology of Sydney;
  • Worked as training coach during the Introductory Collaborative Practice and the Advanced Collaborative Practice courses conducted by Marion Korn in 2007 through the University of Technology of Sydney;
  • Co-trainer with David Hoffman of the Boston Law Collaborative for LEADR training Commercial Collaborative Practice – September 2007;Collaborative Law An Australian Experience – NSW State Legal Conference, August 2007;
  • Collaborative Practice – An Effective Tool for the Resolution of International Commercial Disputes [co-authors: Robert Lopich & Paul Faxon], Meitheal Collaborative Practice Conference, Cork, Ireland, May 2008;
  • Collaborative Law Overview Towards Collaborative Problem Solving in Business at the 9th National Mediation Conference in Perth (September 2008); Collaborative Practice – An Effective Tool for the Resolution of International Commercial Disputes [co-authors: Robert Lopich & Paul Faxon], 9th Annual Conference of the International Academy of Collaborative Professional in New Orleans (October 2008);
  • as co-trainer for Mediate Today Pty Ltd – 5 Day Mediator Accreditation Training Program (January 2012);
  • as co-trainer for Mediate Today Pty Ltd – 5 Day Mediator Accreditation Training Program (March 2013);
  • 2014 – Various short soft mediation skills trainings;
  • Basic Mediation Training that meets the Standard for National Accreditation, Far West Health, 2 – 6 March 2015;
  • Advanced Mediation – Strength Based – Far West Heath, 9 March 2015. 

Memberships

  •  National Mediation Conference Ltd (former Director);
  • Collaborative Professionals (NSW) Inc. (past President);
  • Global Collaborative Law Council (Director);
  • Law Society of New South Wales;
  • Law Society of New South Wales Panel of Mediators;
  • Law Council of Australia – Business Law Section;
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals;
  • American Bar Association;
  • American Bar Association – Section of Dispute Resolution Committee;
  • American Bar Association – Section of Mediation Committee;
  • American Bar Association – Section of Business Law Committee;
  • Australian Dispute Resolution Association (ADRA);
  • National Centre of Collaborative Law;
  • Resolution Institute;Asia Pacific Mediation Forum.

Telephone: 1300 783 634                                  Head Office: 3 Spring Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Location & Contact Details

Email: robert@lopichlawyers.com.au