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Our Team 

Marie Fedorov


Marie Fedorov is the Director of FEDOROV Family Lawyers and Family Mediation Station.


With 15 years experience as a Family Lawyer and with her collaborative law skills and mediation skills, Marie is a thought leader in Family Law offering a unique approach to family law matters focusing on out of Court solutions to stop the heartache so that her clients can move on with their lives.


Marie offers support and guidance through FEDOROV Family Lawyers unique Separation and Support Service to emotionally support our clients and empowering them to make considered decisions when negotiating outcomes. Combined with a friendly nature Marie is not only dedicated to understanding Client’s needs but is also dedicated to thinking outside the square whilst providing professional advice to Clients in a timely and cost effective fashion. Marie is a thought leader in Family Law and is hands down one of the top female lawyers on the Gold Coast.


In her spare time, Marie loves spending time with her husband and two little boys, running (and running after her boys) cooking up a storm and travel.


Natasha Harris

Head of Family Law, Gold Coast

Natasha has practised exclusively in family law for almost 10 years.


Natasha is passionate about helping her clients resolve their property settlement matters as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. She often receives positive feedback and referrals from her clients are grateful for her experience and honest advice.


Natasha has a particular interest in alternate dispute resolution which can often achieve a more efficient, discrete and harmonious resolution for clients. In her spare time, Natasha enjoy spending time with family and friends and travelling.


Michelangelo Benedetti

Senior Associate

Michelangelo is a diversified legal practitioner with almost 9 years post-admission experience. He has 6 years of focused family law experience on the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Michelangelo is an experienced negotiator of dispute and has a record of handling high volume of cases, while forming excellent client relations and obtaining quality outcomes across the spectrum of family law matters. He is also a capable solicitor-advocate and trusted advisor, having represented numerous clients both in court proceedings and mediations.


Between 2018 and 2020, Michelangelo took up a legal in-house role with the headquarters of an international non-governmental organization, working in corporate governance and compliance, property and land, contracts, banking, taxation, privacy, employment and litigation.


In 2021, he returned to the field of family and re-joined Fedorov Family Lawyers, having worked at the firm previously between 2016 and 2018.


Michelangelo has a particular interest in forms of alternate dispute resolution, such as mediation, and how they can help clients achieve better outcomes without the need for expensive and protracted litigation.


In his spare time, Michelangelo enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer. He is an avid supporter of his favourite team, Juventus FC.

Caroline Cavanagh

Caroline Cavanagh

Senior Associate

Caroline has over ten years post-admission experience and has worked across a range of legal sectors and practice areas. In the practice of family law she draws upon her knowledge of debt and finance and combines these with up to date legal principles to assist clients navigate the difficult process of separation with dignity.


Caroline also has a special interest in working with clients committed to generational wealth preservation through effective estate planning. By drawing on her understanding of taxation and experience as a wealth coach and building trust with clients to fully understand their assets and personal goals, Caroline tailors estate planning solutions for each client. Her practice portfolio also includes deceased estates administration, contested estates and superannuation claims.


Caroline enjoys contributing to her local and global community. Whilst practicing in the South Burnett, Caroline worked with a team of women to found South Burnett Women and deliver the Ellen Mary Kent Hughes Memorial Scholarship. Caroline has also mentored several early career lawyers and contributes to community projects where she can.


When not making memories with her wonderful husband and two young boys you might catch her hitting the iron or climbing a mountain at dawn.

Elodie Drevelle

Elodie Drevelle

Family Lawyer

Elodie completed a Juris Doctor from Bond University in 2016. Elodie has also studied international business and marketing in France. Elodie is fluent in both French and English.

Since her admission, Elodie has practised exclusively in family law on the Gold Coast.


Elodie pays close attention to the needs of each client in order to identify the best way to resolves issues quickly and cost effectively.

In her spare time, Elodie enjoys traveling, staying active, and spending time at the beach with her French Bulldog, George.

Ruiqi Bai

Ruiqi Bai

Family Lawyer

Ruiqi completed her Juris Doctor at Bond University in 2017. She was shortly admitted in 2018. She speaks fluent English and mandarin.


Ruiqi has a strong passion in family law. Her objective is to assist clients to reach an agreement with an affordable solution and to navigate the Court process when necessary. Ruiqi understands the emotional experience following separation and would like to have her clients feel as comfortable as she can.


Erin McEvoy

Family Lawyer

Erin has been with FEDOROV Family Lawyers since the beginning of her legal career in early 2015.


Since completing her Bachelor of Laws at Bond University in June 2019, Erin has been amply trained by our Senior Associate, Natasha Harris to successfully navigate complex family law issues. Erin was admitted in April 2021 and as a young aspiring woman in law, she strives to empower clients in their decision-making, achieve early and amicable settlements and assist them in maintaining positivity to help in pathing the way to the next chapter in their lives.

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Jennifer Grady

General Manager

Jennifer Grady is General Manager with FEDOROV Family Lawyers.


Jennifer has over 25 years management experience with an extensive background in business and finance. She began her career working for one of Melbourne’s most prestigious law firms and has joined the firm, having recently worked with a mid-tier boutique law firm on the Gold Coast.


Jennifer is passionate about helping people and driving change. She has a special interest in coaching and analysing the dynamics of human behaviour.


In her spare time, Jennifer loves to spend time with her family, cook up a storm and sew. She is an avid Lions fan and an advocate for healthy eating. A lover of travel, when restrictions ease, you will see Jennifer planning her next trip.


Tessa Hankey

Practice Manager

Tessa is the Practice Manager and Separation Support Manager at FEDOROV Family Lawyers. Tessa’s passion is supporting clients through a very difficult time in their lives, she believes that with someone by your side it makes separating a little less overwhelming. Tessa also supports each member of the team to be the best that they can be. Tessa stands by her motto “The holistic support team caring for you!!”, which is evident in the caring nature of the team. We aren’t just a family law firm, we are there with our clients each step of the way!


Family and friends are most important to Tessa. She even incorporates going to the gym with her friends to motivate each other. Tessa’s other love is walking every day with her labradoodle dog Roxy.


Come in and say hello to Tessa who will take care of you throughout the separation process.


Karen Ovens

Chief Financial Officer

Karen is our CFO and brings to the practice over 20 years commercial and corporate experience.


In her spare time Karen enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Joanna Burnett

Joanna Burnett

Separation Consultant

Joanna Burnett is a professional counsellor qualifying in 2003 with a Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University. Joanna worked in the NSW local magistrate’s courts supporting people experiencing domestic violence and counselling/groups for families in the Tweed Shire.


She started her private practice in both NSW/QLD as a counsellor in 2006 working with families, individuals and couples. Joanna continued to work in her counselling practice part time and in 2005 worked in a psychiatric hospital, with inpatients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma and other mental health issues for over 10 years, whilst completing a Masters in Forensic Mental Health in 2013 with Griffith University.


Since 2017, Joanna has been working both in counselling and assessing separating couples in collaboration with family lawyers. She has commenced a Masters by Thesis in 2018 researching family violence and mediation with Southern Cross University.

Jay Verrico

Jay Verrico

Separation and Life Coach

Jay draws from a wealth of over 20 years’ experience enabling and developing others personally and professionally. With an intuitive and empathetic approach to coaching and mentoring, Jay’s exceptional communication skills create a strong personal drive to help others achieve their full potential.


Going through a separation can leave you feeling stuck in a negative place with little direction or even knowledge of who you are! Jay’s gentle structured approached will support you to move forward with your journey towards a new life.


Kristy Shepherd

Legal Secretary

Kristy has worked as a Legal Secretary for over 20 years in various areas of law. She has a strong commitment to efficiency and communication to enable a positive client experience.


In her spare time Kristy enjoys family time and keeping active.


Lateesha Bell

Legal Secretary

Lateesha has worked as a Legal Assistant in the area of Family Law for 9 years. Her empathetic nature is something that our clients really appreciate as go through the emotional Divorce process.


In her spare time, Lateesha enjoys travelling, spending time at the beach, jet skiing and catching up with friends and family.


Dawn Young

Accounts Administrator

Dawn is the Accounts Administrator at FEDOROV Family Lawyers.


She brings over 15 years Legal Accounting experience to the practice and also a wealth of knowledge from other industries.


Dawn enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends and loves to travel whenever she can.

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Fiona Whittaker

Accounts Assistant

Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in various accounting roles. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog on the beach, and skiing when she gets the chance.

Annette Bell

Annette Bell


Annette is our amazing and friendly Receptionist. You will see her smiling face when you walk into our office.


Annette’s ability to comfort our clients as they head down the Divorce path is remarkable. Her ability to assist you with your enquiries over the phone is impressive.


On weekends Annette enjoys spending time with her 3 children, catching up for a coffee and chat with friends, walking, swimming and relaxing at the beach.

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Vicki Petersen

Legal Secretary

Vicki brings over 40 years of legal experience to the firm with the last 15 years spent in family law. Vicki has worked in New South Wales, Western Australia and now Queensland.


Vicki works in our Brisbane office and brings great understanding of what is involved in family law matters.


When not at work you can find Vicki spending time with her family, taking the grandchildren on adventures or sitting at home reading a good book or listening to her eclectic taste in music (and it is eclectic!!).