Staff

Brien Leibinger | PRINCIPAL

Brien Leibinger - Principle Lawyer LL.B (U.Q.), Grad. Dip. L.P. (Q.U.T.)

Brien Leibinger is an experienced local Cairns lawyer whose main areas of practice are personal estate planning and Wills, business and farm succession planning and commercial law.

Brien’s focus and passion is helping clients put in place a personalised estate plan that will protect their wealth while they are accumulating it and then allow them to pass that wealth onto their family so that it is effectively retained for the family’s benefit.

One of Brien’s strengths is his ability to analyse complex legal issues and documents and provide his clients with a clear understanding of those issues and documents.

Brien regularly gives presentations about estate and succession planning issues to local accountants and financial planners, clients of those firms and to local community groups.

Maree Clark | Associate

Brien Leibinger - Principle LawyerLL.B (Hons1) (U.Q.)

Maree Clark was admitted in 1993 and has extensive commercial law experience.  Maree has particular expertise in buying and selling businesses, body corporate law, buying and selling management rights, commercial and retail leasing, buying and selling farming properties, buying, leasing or changing the zone of water allocations and farm leasing. 

Maree also practices in estate planning and in the management of deceased estates. 

Maree is a long term resident, having moved to Cairns in 1994 (yes, she is almost a local) and has previously worked at Williams Graham Carman and Corsetti Lawyers.

Rita Zappulla | Accountant

Brien Leibinger - Principle LawyerCFP®, BComm, CA

Rita is a Cairns local, who completed a Bachelor of Commerce in 1988 from the University of Queensland. Rita has been employed with several leading accounting and financial planning firms before deciding in late 2014 to start her own consulting business; SMSF Strategic Advisors.

In 2000, Rita began work as a financial planner and specialised in superannuation and self-managed superannuation funds advice, retirement planning, estate planning and succession planning.

Rita is employed by Brien Leibinger Lawyers to provide estate planning advice and advise clients on how their superannuation and investments affect their estate assets. Rita Zappulla is a Certified Financial Planner, Registered Tax Agent and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant Australia.

Gabrielle Whitehead | Legal Secretary

Brien Leibinger - Principle LawyerGabrielle started in the legal industry in 1997 working as a legal secretary and paralegal in both New Zealand and Australia.  Gabrielle moved to Cairns ten years ago.

Gabrielle has extensive experience in Estate Planning and Conveyancing.

Gabrielle has recently completed a Diploma of Legal Services with the Queensland Law Society.