Our principal

Eugene Gramelis

Eugene Gramelis is the principal of our firm. After successfully practising as a barrister for over 16 years, Eugene founded Gramelis Attorneys, bringing with him his wealth of experience.


Clients seek out Eugene’s representation because they know that he draws on the knowledge, experience and legal judgement that he has gained as a seasoned advocate over the course of his long career. Eugene knows the legal system well, he understands complex negotiations and has the experience and resources necessary to pursue your case.


"You come first. Eugene prides himself on offering personal attention to every matter. He understands your need for effective legal services that are delivered efficiently and in a cost effective manner."


Master of Laws Degree (LL.M), University of Sydney

Highlights from Eugene's Career
  • Principal Solicitor, Gramelis Attorneys, January 2016 – Present

  • Barrister, Culwulla Chambers, May 2013 – December 2015

  • Barrister, Henry Parkes Chambers, 2006 – 2013

  • Barrister, Trust Chambers, 1999 – 2006

  • Called to the Bar, August 1999

  • Admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of Australia, February 1998

  • Admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW, February 1998

Notable Cases

Over the course of his long and distinguished career in the law, Eugene has appeared regularly, both as lead advocate as well as working alongside eminent Queen's Counsel and Senior Counsel, in many cases of legal significance, which have impacted on the law and have added to the existing body of legal principles and jurisprudence. A number of the cases Eugene has appeared in are outlined in the “Cases” tab of the main menu.

Papers / Speeches

Eugene is frequently invited to present papers and seminars to colleagues and other professionals. Papers, Seminars and speeches delivered or chaired by Eugene include:


  • Speech delivered on behalf of the President of the NSW Bar Association, Tom Bathurst QC, as he then was (now Chief Justice of NSW), at the swearing in ceremony of Local Court Magistrates (17 January 2011).

  • “Disclosure in Family Law Matters” delivered at the Toongabbie Legal Centre Family Law MCLE and chaired by Ian Coleman SC (29 November 2014).

  • “A Question of Jurisdiction: The Child Protection Convention” by Eugene Gramelis 25 March 2015 prepared for Legal Sense Conferences.

  • “Appointment of Guardians in Family Law Litigation” delivered by Eugene Gramelis and chaired by Ian Coleman SC at Toongabbie Legal Centre Family Law MCLE on 20 February 2016.

  • "Irenic Lawyer: How lawyers can be and why lawyers should be dispute resolvers"chaired by Eugene Gramelis and delivered by Judge Joe Harman of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at Toongabbie Legal Centre Family Law MCLE on 25 February 2017.

  • "Framework Social Science Expert Evidence in Interim Parenting Hearings: New Options?" chaired by Eugene Gramelis and delivered by Judge Bruce Smith of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at Toongabbie Legal Centre Family Law MCLE on 6 March 2021.


  • Member, The Law Society of New South Wales

  • Affiliated Member, The New South Wales Bar Association

  • Member, Law Council of Australia, Family Law Section

  • Member, AIFLAM (Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators)

Our associates

Christine Nader, Senior Associate

Christine has been practising as a solicitor with Gramelis Attorneys for a number of years as an associate of the firm. Christine holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business and Commerce Degrees from Western Sydney University.


She is well-versed in all aspects of family law, including property, parenting and child support cases, and also has experience in conveyancing and criminal matters.


Christine is fluent in Arabic. She is persistent and enthusiastic in pursuing the rights and entitlements of her clients.


Outside of practice, Christine volunteers with a number of community organisations and charities.


Lauren Santas, Associate

Lauren is employed by the firm as a solicitor in the role of associate.


Lauren graduated from the University of Wollongong with combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. 


Prior to joining Gramelis Attorneys, Lauren undertook an internship with the Local Court of New South Wales, which served as a vantage point from which Lauren was able to gain valuable experience and insights into the workings and procedures of the Court. 


Lauren brings a level-headed, pragmatic approach to her cases and treats all clients with dignity and empathy. She has a passion for family law, but also enjoys assisting clients with their Wills, estate matters and commercial transactions.


Lauren derives great satisfaction in guiding clients through the complexities of the legal system and helping them to resolve their matters by finding appropriate legal solutions to suit their needs. 

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Shadia Mehanna, Associate

Shadia is an associate solicitor at Gramelis Attorneys.


Shadia holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business and Commerce Degrees from Western Sydney University.


Prior to joining Gramelis Attorneys, Shadia gained valuable experience as a solicitor working locally for a period of two years.


Her main practice areas include contested family law property and parenting matters, as well as care jurisdiction matters, and has experience in civil litigation.


Shadia is also fluent in Arabic.


Shadia is approachable, attentive and has strong enthusiasm for legal problem solving.


Shadia has a genuine concern for achieving the best results possible for her clients while keeping them at ease, even during the most difficult of times.

Our paralegals

Maria Gramelis, Paralegal

Maria attends to reception, office administration and paralegal duties.


Maria holds secretarial qualifications and extensive experience in administration.


She provides office support and assists clients with general enquiries

Your resources

Where required by the circumstances of your case, Gramelis Attorneys has access to reputable:


  • Forensic Accountants

  • Information Technology Experts

  • Registered Valuers

  • Other professional expertise as your case may require

In appropriate cases, we also work with barristers, Queen's Counsel and Senior Counsel in striving to achieve the best possible outcome for you, and endeavour to engage only barristers who are well regarded for their expertise in their area of practice.


Of course, we discuss the nature of your legal needs and objectives with you before making an assessment of what is required in your case. We consult with you every step of the way to ensure that your budget, which we understand in most cases is limited, is applied to those resources that will maximise your prospects of achieving your objectives so that we can also achieve our objective of client satisfaction. 

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I can't thank Eugene enough for his help, patience and sound advice. His dedication is outstanding and I was very blessed to have him represent me. 


Eve, Rose Bay, NSW - Educator

Eugene understands the importance of timing in a matter. I found he had a good eye for detail, was able to organise information expertly, and was well-networked. It seemed to me that he was always three or four steps ahead. His past experience as a barrister was evident. I highly recommend Gramelis Attorneys. 

Gabriella, Miranda, NSW - Project Manager