Advisory Board

At Janders Dean, we know that we don’t know everything. Moreover, we know that we can (and should) be constantly learning and striving to be better. As a result, we utilise the skills and experience of an Advisory Group to help improve our business, our leaders, our staff, and our client service offerings.

Our Advisory Group members help Janders Dean identify and overcome challenges and to explore and leverage various market opportunities. They help us continuously develop our consultants and our client service objectives, and they work with us to ensure that we’re always aiming to be better than we are today. Our advisors work independently with us and help us remain grounded and constantly curious.

We are extremely fortunate in that our Advisory Group includes many of the leading legends of the legal industry (and some from other non-related industries). This level of expertise and advice to Janders Dean is invaluable as we constantly seek to improve both our offering to our clients, and improve ourselves.

Michele DeStefano

Michele also known as ‘The Legal Rebel,’ is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Law. Michele’s research focuses on Heads of Innovation at Law Firms and General Counsels at International Corporations, with her book ‘Winning the Innovation Tournament: Tactics to Transform How Lawyers Collaborate,’ out soon. Michele is also the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary international think tank of over 1000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students that collaborate to create innovations at the intersection of law, business and technology.

Sue Anderson

As a senior consultant Sue Anderson has delivered support and provided guiding creative inspiration and commercial reflection to both national and independent retailers and property groups. Sues reputation as a Creative Problem Solving Consultant was cemented with the founding of her company Co-Squared. As one of the few Master Facilitators of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and The Empathy Toy, Sue is unrivalled as Service Design Facilitator in the industry. Sue is renowned for direct approach in shifting the retailers perspective to that of the consumer and evaluating opportunity to create a unique or competitive statement in the market.

Sonya Leydecker

As the former CEO and partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, Sonya has led the way for women in the legal industry. Prior to being made CEO, Sonya was head of Herbert Smith Freehills global dispute resolution practice. In her time as CEO she played a significant role in developing the firms near-shoring operation in Belfast, the first of its kind in the legal sector, as well as dispute specializing office in New York. Sonya further played an instrumental role in the firms internationalization, particularly in Asia. Outside of legal practice, Sonya has been a strong supporter of the Prince’s Trust Women Supporting Women community. The trust aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into jobs, education and training.

Nicole McKenna

Nicole began her career as a lawyer at Allens Linklaters, and practised for 5 years in Australia and the United States. After a stint in New York at elite international law firm Skadden, she returned to Australia and occupied various roles in recruitment, talent management and people and organizational development. In 2001, Nicole led the people integration of the merger that created national law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, and occupied the positions of Director, People & Performance and Director, Partner Development. She was also the architect and driving force behind the firm’s then unique program to develop and retain talented women introduced in 2003.

In 2011, she established McKenna Bespoke Development & Facilitation (McKenna BDF), a bespoke development business with particular expertise in career development and professional support, executive coaching, mentoring and facilitation; her clients include senior executives and professionals from large organisations and institutions operating in film and media, finance, law, health services and academia.

In addition to her professional interests, Nicole is active in the not for profit sector. She is a non- executive Director and Deputy Chair of Performing Lines. She is also the Convenor of the Board’s Nomination & Development Committee. Nicole is a Past President of National Foundation for Australian Women, the leading national body dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of Australian women, and a former Council Member of economicSecurity4Women, one of the six national alliances funded by the Office for Women which investigate the issues that impact on the lifelong economic well being of Australian women.

John Flood

In an academic career unmatched by many, John has held positions as Professor of Law at UCL, University of Westminster, University College Dublin, University of Miami and Director of the Law Futures Centre Griffith University. John has been extensively involved with the growth of LWOW since its inception, championing the change in legal education towards a more innovative and creative approach to purely doctrinal law, looking to help develop the future of law. John Flood has been described as a lawyer anthropologist, with his research focusing on globalization, the legal profession, law firms and lawyers.

Graham Stedman

In a legal career that has spanned over 38 years, Graham’s experience in private practice of the law is second to none. He has held partner roles at Theodore Goddard and Salans before becoming a senior partner at Nabarro where he chaired the Partnership board. Graham is now acting as anon-executive director and a board adviser using his experience to advise entrepreneurs and senior executives on raising business finance, effective management and how to enhance personal progression. Graham has also written extensively on the issues of ‘Takeover,’ ‘Shareholder agreements,’ ‘Computer contracts,’ and ‘due diligence.’

Peter Leonard

As a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin, Peter Leonard has been voted consistently as one of the best Lawyers Internationally in areas such as Commercial Law, IT Law and Media and Entertainment Law. Following his retirement as a partner at Gilbert + Tobin, Peter has now turned his attentions to a new consultancy focusing on the strategy and practicability’s of implementation of data commercialization. Peter is also the Chair of the Law Society of NSW Privacy and Communications Committee as well as a past Global Chair of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association.


Yoda is not only an expert in law firm and corporate legal trends, but wise is he in the ways of innovation and disruption. Reluctant to teach he is, but vast expertise as a mentor he has.  Yoda has experience in coaching founders through the anger and recklessness that can cause them to turn to the dark side. He works closely with the Janders Dean founder to ensure he unlearns what he has learned, and to ensure that it is known that fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger.  Anger leads to hate.  Hate leads to suffering.  Yoda believes that a founder’s strength flows from the Force.

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