Michelle Cohen

Principal Solicitor

Michelle has been a Senior Solicitor at PIAC since 2014.
Michelle has over 12 years experience working a lawyer in NSW, Queensland and Victoria in areas including discrimination and human rights, consumer rights, child protection and native title.
Michelle leads PIAC work on discrimination, and has acted for clients in unlawful disability discrimination claims including against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Coles, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Michelle represented Mr Graeme Innes in his landmark disability discrimination claim against NSW Trains Innes v Rail Corporation of NSW (No 2).
Michelle initiated and leads PIAC’s Mental Health Insurance Project which aims to reduce unlawful discrimination by insurers against people with past or current mental health conditions.
Michelle also acts for clients in civil claims against NSW Police, and worked with Maurice Blackburn on PIAC’s class action on behalf of young people falsely imprisoned by NSW Police.
Michelle previously worked at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission and as a child protection solicitor in Melbourne.  
Prior to this, Michelle worked at Cape York Land Council where she played a key role in the negotiation of native title and Indigenous Land Use Agreements, and set up land holding corporations on behalf of her clients. Michelle has also worked as an Associate in the Federal Circuit Court.
Michelle regularly delivers strategic litigation and human rights law workshops for law students, presents at industry conferences, has provided evidence in a number of Parliamentary Committees on behalf of PIAC.

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