Seyfarth is pleased to announce the promotion of Marissa Dreher to the position of partner with the firm.

The appointment of Marissa brings the total partner promotions from within the team to five since the Australian offices of Seyfarth opened in Australia in 2013, in addition to a number of lateral partner hires. The appointment means that there are more women than men in Seyfarth’s Australian partnership team, highlighting the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Marissa joins Paul Cutrone, Sarah Goodhew and Penny Stevens as partners and leaders of Seyfarth’s workplace health and safety team, who all work collaboratively with Seyfarth’s nine employment partners. Nick Neil has been promoted to counsel in the workplace health and safety team.

Marissa joined Seyfarth as Counsel in 2020 from Dreher Legal, a boutique workplace safety practice that she established in 2013, having previously led the large safety practice of a national firm. Marissa is a highly experienced workplace safety lawyer, practising exclusively in this area for 20 years.

“Marissa is an outstanding lawyer who is an integral part of the success of Seyfarth’s workplace health and safety law team in Australia, and her promotion to partner recognises her standing with clients”, said Australia Managing Partner, Darren Perry. “Since the establishment of Seyfarth’s workplace health and safety practice in 2015, the team’s depth of expertise has continued to grow in response to this increasingly complex area of law.”

Clients come to Marissa for her sound business acumen, her strategic and pragmatic approach, and her ability to balance legal obligations with commercial and operational needs. Marissa has extensive experience defending prosecutions across a broad range of industries, as well as representing clients during regulatory investigations and coronial inquests following serious workplace incidents, and assisting them when responding to statutory notices.

Seyfarth is Australia’s only specialist labour, employment and workplace health and safety team with the backing of a global firm. The Australian team has received top rankings for its superb legal work and innovation in Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500, Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers.