The Joplin Team

The Joplin Lawyers Team

Joplin Lawyers is a respected boutique law firm best known for its experience in Family Law and Domestic Violence. We also work with clients in the areas of Criminal Law, Property, Wills, Estate Planning and Succession Planning.

Joplin Higgins

Director | Lawyer

(02) 6572 2442

Joplin is our fearless Director and works closely with our Family Law and Domestic Violence team. Joplin believes that the law is in place to serve and protect all citizens. At Joplin Lawyers we don’t just solve legal problems, we search for long-term solutions.
``At Joplin Lawyers our end game is that you are safe, secure, happy and set up with
the best future possible.``

Donna Smith

Managing Lawyer

(02) 4934 6800

Donna is our Managing Lawyer based out of our Maitland office and predominately works in our Criminal Law department.

Donna understands that each client is facing a difficult situation and she is passionate about helping them understand the situation they find themselves in and aims to assist them in moving forward as quickly and sensibly as possible.

Prior to completing her Law Degree Donna worked within the NSW Police Force for over 20 years.

``Joplin Lawyers is a way of life. I love how passionate every single member of the team is about the law and helping our clients.``

Emily Ostler

Senior Lawyer

(02) 4934 6800

Emily is our Senior Family Lawyer and works with both private and legally aided clients. With extensive experience in The Family Court, Federal Circuit Court, Children’s Court and Local Court, this makes Emily an asset to all our clients.
``I am proud of the fact that Joplin Lawyers is committed to making a difference to those most vulnerable in society.``

Louise Neilson


(02) 6572 2442

Louise is based in our busy Singleton and Maitland offices.

Louise does all things family law, criminal law, estate planning and property.  She is passionate about the law and endeavors to help our clients to get the best outcome possible.

``Working at Joplin Lawyers is an honour, to be a part of a team that is passionate about what they do and client focused is amazing.``

Tim Leishman


(02) 4934 6800

Tim is a Lawyer in our Family Law team at Maitland. Tim is passionate about the law and has a keen interest in Family Law, advocacy and ensuring equal and fantastic representation for all of our clients.

Tim completed his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle in 2018, whilst assisting the busy team at Joplin Lawyers. Tim has previously completed a Bachelor of Business in 2016 majoring in Management.

``I really value the way that Joplin Lawyers strives to help clients achieve successful outcomes and help to move their lives forward.``

Caitlin Jones

Law Graduate

(02) 6572 2442

Caitlin is a lawyer in our family law team and is based in Singleton and Maitland.

She is passionate about ensuring that all clients feel safe, valued and informed about their matter. She is dedicated to aiding clients through the difficulties of navigating family law and she prides herself on her friendly and easy going attitude.

``I am honoured to be a part of the Joplin Lawyers team and learn from the best.``

Amber Wright

Practice Manager

(02) 6545 9626

Amber is our firms practice manager.  Amber works closely with our lawyers and staff to ensure that our clients receive the Joplin experience. Proactive, friendly and results-driven I am passionate about building success through branding and improved business processes and she has over 7 year’s experience in the legal industry, which is a great asset to the Joplin Lawyers team.

Amber is currently completing her Bachelor of Business at University of New England.

``I am proud to be a part of the empowering and positive Joplin Lawyers team.``

Alyssa Graney


(02) 4934 6800

Alyssa is our family law paralegal located in our Maitland office.

With several years of legal experience and a passion for family law and going the extra mile for our clients, Alyssa is a great asset to the team.

``I am proud to be a part of a team that has extensive experience and is willing to go the extra mile for their clients.``

Kerry Clarke

Conveyancing Administrator

(02) 6572 2442

Kerry Clarke is our Conveyancing Administrator extraordinaire!

Kerry has worked in the legal sector for 35 years. Kerry has extensive knowledge in conveyancing and probate matters. Kerry brings a enormous amount of experience to the conveyancing team.

``Being a part of the Joplin Lawyers team is a rewarding experience. We put the emphasis in our ability to be passionate and help others.``

Julie Ekert

Legal Administrator

(02) 4934 6800

Julie is our Legal Administrator and Front of House extraordinaire!

Julie has a world of knowledge in all things Legal Aid and assists our Criminal Law department with anything and everything they need.

Julie has extensive experience in administration and accounts and brings this knowledge, plus her bubbly and calming nature to the Joplin Lawyers team.

``Being the first person people see at Joplin Lawyers is an honor. I am passionate about helping people no matter what, and working for a firm that believes the same is a perfect fit.``