Queensland Law Society

Queensland Law Society recognises exceptional solicitor from Townsville with prestigious award

Date 30 Oct 2015
Contact Gabrielle Kopke
Phone 07 3842 5903
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email g.kopke@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald was delighted to present the Society’s annual Agnes McWhinney Award to Townsville solicitor Michelle Morton this evening.
The Agnes McWhinney award recognises outstanding professional and community contribution from a female practitioner, and is presented in honour of Queensland’s first female solicitor admitted in 1915.
Ms Morton is managing partner of 120-year-old Townsville firm wilson/ryan/grose Lawyers, where she commenced her legal career as an articled clerk in 1985. She became one of the first two women partners with the firm in 1999.
President Fitzgerald presented the award to Ms Morton at the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland’s (WLAQ) Annual Awards Dinner this evening.
“Michelle Morton is an exceptional contributor to Queensland’s legal profession,” he said.
“She is one of a few legal practitioners to become an accredited specialist in two areas with the Society, personal injuries and workplace relations, and is involved with numerous local community organisations.
“Michelle is currently deputy chair of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board; she is acting chair of the WNBL’s JCU Townsville Fire, and she has played a vital role in the development of the Townsville Business Women’s Network.
“In 2003 Michelle was awarded the WLAQ’s Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year award.
“In addition to raising five children, Michelle also finds time to volunteer for a number of community activities and is a member of the Salvation Army’s advisory board.
“For the past three years, Michelle has volunteered her time and expertise to act as a mentor to emerging leaders and Indigenous youth ambassadors in the Townsville Enterprise Limited Emerging Leaders Program, and Indigenous Youth Ambassador Program.
“Michelle embodies the Agnes McWhinney Award through her long-term commitment to the Queensland legal profession and her outstanding contributions to the local community.
“She is the perfect encapsulation of the pioneering spirit after which the award is named.”
Due to the number of quality nominations this year, two Outstanding Achievement Awards were also presented tonight to solicitors Penny White and Sarah Atkinson, who have also made high-calibre contributions to the profession and community.
For further information, please contact Gabrielle Kopke on 07 3842 5903, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, g.kopke@qls.com.au.