(LLB (hons.) / MBA / BBUS / GDLP)
Michael Fitzgerald, Airlie Beach Legal’s owner and principal, is a lawyer and family man who has lived in the Whitsundays for nearly a decade.
His experience at both a top-tier law practice (Clayton Utz) and a range of other law firms has provided him with a solid grounding in a range of practice areas including commercial litigation, insurance litigation, building and construction, structured finance and property law.
Michael has also worked in a variety of commercial roles in the hospitality, construction, tax services and mining sectors.
His most recent high-level positions have involved him in everything from presentations to Lloyd’s syndicated underwriters in London (in 2013 and 2014) to billion dollar mining services contract negotiations with tier one contractors in the Bowen Basin. In 2014 Michael’s reporting obligations to the board of the Isaac Plains’ joint venturers Vale and Sumitomo saw him detailing his team’s achievement of $20 million in cost savings.
In establishing his own law practice, Michael is intent on delivering the perfect blend of legal expertise and commercial instinct, combined with the highest possible levels of service.
Michael is married and has four children (one of them now in her final year of law at James Cook University). He enjoys boating, fishing, house renovation, welding and travelling.
Interesting facts about Michael:
Apart from following the Brisbane Broncos (not something you should really publicise in the Whitsundays), Michael is perhaps the only currently practising solicitor in Queensland who holds a truck licence (and still uses it).