Jane McDermott – Maurice Blackburn

Jane McDermott is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn, Australia’s leading social justice law firm. She is based in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office.

Jane has over 14 years’ experience litigating asbestos claims and has successfully run claims in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. She works exclusively in asbestos litigation and is dedicated to getting the best results for her clients. She is well recognised for her professionalism, tenacity and dedication to her clients and for all asbestos disease sufferers.

More recently, Jane was a key advocate along with the support groups for driving the legislative change to remove unnecessary legal barriers for asbestos sufferers by excluding them from the operation of the Wrongs Act in the Wrongs Amendment ( Asbestos Related Claims ) Act 2015. As part of her Social Justice commitment Jane is the Principal responsible for representing RN, an asylum seeker who lost his eye during the Manus Island Violence in Papua New Guinea in February 2014. Jane is a member of the ALA, TSANZ,  Asbestoswise and the Asbestos Council of Australia.

In 2011, Jane provided the legal content to the Victorian Cancer Council for its publication Mesothelioma: A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends.