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Nikolai Koolik

Legal Practitioner Director
LL.B, BBus (Man),
GradDipLP, LL.M

Nik is the founding Director of Koolik & Associates Lawyers and the human engine room of the firm.  It was Nik’s desire to help families through the most emotional challenges in life (separation, death and conveyancing) which inspired him to start the firm a decade ago. His kindness and compassion form part of his core, making him not only a decent person but an even better family lawyer.

Nik has over 12 years in the legal industry and not only has a Master of Laws but is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator. This means he’s developed the skill of negotiating a resolution for clients, while simultaneously actually knowing what he’s talking about (a rare commodity in this day and age). His primary focus is to provide open communication with his clients while taking as much stress as possible out of the legal process (he even has boxes of tissues and kilos of lollies strategically scattered throughout the office).

Nik takes his downtime almost as seriously as his work, and jam packs every second of spare time with activities that make him feel young again. Most people would put something hokey here, something about skiing and enjoying golf, but not Nik. He relishes Mexican food (the messier the better), spending time with his kids, and dragging his friends along to yet another superhero movie. Despite regularly pulling a hammy in the first 2 minutes of his touch footy games he never stops playing, and that says more about Nik than we ever could.

For the Record:

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Master of Laws
  • Admitted Solicitor Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted Solicitor High Court of Australia

Nikolai’s Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Moreton Bay Law Association
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Jessica Burns

Partner
LL.B, GradDipLP, LL.M

Jess has practised almost exclusively in family law since becoming a lawyer. Don’t let her youthful good* looks fool you, as she is a master at drafting affidavits, negotiating and owning the courtroom for our clients. Such skills, coupled with her compassion, unfaltering positivity and approachable nature make her one of the best family lawyers in Brisbane (nay, the world!)* Despite her high standards, Jess doesn’t sweat the small stuff. She prides herself on really listening to her clients’ needs and focusing on the bigger picture. Like Nik, Jess also has completed her Master of Laws. For these reasons, she has recently become Partner at Koolik & Associates.

In her down time, Jess likes to pretend she’s passionate about health and fitness. But those close to her know it’s only so she can enjoy her chocolate and sauv blanc without regard for the consequences. Her idea of unwinding involves watching documentaries and making significant charitable donations to her local Sephora and Mecca Maxima.

*Jess successfully argued for the inclusion of these descriptors.

For the Record:

  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Queensland)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law)
  • Master of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Admitted Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Admitted Solicitor to the High Court of Australia

Jessica’s Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
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Susie Beckmann

Conveyancing Paralegal

Susie started her employment with our firm in 2019 as our conveyancing paralegal.  Through her many years working in the legal and conveyancing fields, including experience dealing with multi-million dollar contracts, she has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Susie understands that buying and/or selling can often be stressful, which is why she believes communication is the key.  First and foremost is communication with clients, but also communication with the other parties involved in the conveyance, including real estate agents, other law firms, financial institutions, brokers etc.  Susie ensures all parties are kept up-to-date with the progress of their conveyance and is always available for her clients.

Susie’s dedication to her clients is reflected in her work ethic which ensures the conveyance is completed as smoothly as possible to minimise stress.

Susie’s expertise is also utilised to assist with property matters relating to other firm practice areas such as family law and estates.

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Shinai Fisher

Receptionist / Administrative Assistant

Shinai joined our firm in mid 2015 to begin her career in the legal industry. She is quickly developing her knowledge and understanding of family law, wills and estates with hands on experience with Nik and Jess.

Shinai’s passion for the legal industry has lead her to commence a Bachelor of Laws, which she is due to complete in 2020.  Until then, Shinai continues to assist many of our clients with her happy, mature nature as she is often the first point of contact at our office.

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