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Melanie Shanahan
Melanie Shanahan
Melanie Shanahan Senior Associate

Melanie Shanahan

Senior Associate

About Melanie

Melanie is an insurance litigator with experience spanning various fields of insurance law, including public liability, product liability and professional indemnity claims. Melanie also works in the not-for-profit sector, assisting charitable and religious organisations responding to child abuse claims.

What she does

Melanie advises clients from a range of sectors, including schools, churches, hospitals, health and allied health professionals, construction companies, hospitality groups, sports associations, small businesses and state government agencies.

Who she works with

Melanie works with Australian and international insurers, underwriters, hospitals, health practitioners, allied health professionals, religious and educational insurers and brokers.


Melanie holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Bond University, Gold Coast.

Life before Sparkes

Melanie began her legal career in Brisbane and relocated to Sydney in 2016. Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2020, Melanie worked at a national insurance law firm working on liability and professional indemnity claims.

Life outside of Sparkes

Born and raised in Byron Bay, Melanie loves being outdoors and keeping active. Melanie plays in the Women’s Eastern Suburbs Football Premier League and spends most of her spare time kicking a ball or at the beach. When she isn’t playing sport, you can find her socialising at one of her local pubs in Surry Hills.

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t: +61 2 9260 2442
m: +61 438 999 265
o: Sydney
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