Meet the Team

Jacqui Brauman

Jacqui Brauman is the principal solicitor at TBA Law and director of Theobald Lawyers Pty Ltd.

Since establishing TBA Law in 2012, Jacqui has become an Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates, as well as a Collaborative Practitioner, and has written and published three books: ‘In Case of Emergency; a practical guide for young families in the case of injury or death’,  ‘Death and Social Media, a guide to your digital estate planning’, and ‘The Sandwich Generation’.

She has a Bachelor of  Laws, Bachelor of Accounting, Advanced Diploma in Taxation Law, Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (In House), and an Applied Masters in Law majoring in Wills and Estates. Jacqui is a Law Institute Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates.

Jacqui has been a finalist in the Sole Practitioner category for Women In Law in 2016, and is a current finalist in the Regional Firm of the Year in the Australasian Law Awards 2017, and the Law Institute of Victoria legal awards.

Jacqui is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Victorian Women Lawyers, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, HerBusiness, Business in Heels, the UN Women National Committee Australia, WOW Women, and Professional Speakers Australia.

“We are an honourable profession entrusted to help the people who seek our assistance, to be an officer of the Court, and to lead by example in everything we do”

Rochelle is a solicitor who applies deep and consider thought to alternative dispute resolution. She practices across many areas of the law, including commercial, consumer, and property law; and in many jurisdictions, including VCAT, the Magistrates Court, County Court and Supreme Courts of Victoria. Rochelle is also an accredited NMAS Mediator.

Rochelle completed her Bachelor of Laws and her Bachelor of Arts (History) at La Trobe University. She loved the rich learning environment of University life and became a Deans Honours recipient in 2001 and 2002. She was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society and represented La Trobe University at the 2001 International conference in Chicago, USA.

Rochelle has taken her passion for learning into the workplace and thrives on the challenge of mastering new skills to achieve the the best possible outcome for clients.

In her spare time, Rochelle is a dedicated breeder of pedigree Schipperkes and competes in dog shows, agility trials and dances with dogs competitions throughout Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. She owns Best in Show winners and High in Trial winners, and has bred many Champions, as well as earning over 100 performance titles with her dogs over the years. She is involved in various dog clubs, is a dog obedience instructor and an ANKC dances with dogs judge.

Sarah Coombs

Sarah is a Seymour native, growing up on a farm just out of town. Completing her Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University in 2018, she is excited to return to the region to begin her legal career.

In her spare time, Sarah likes to read as many books as possible, spend time with family and friends and spending time on the farm.

Gino Potenza

After more than 30 years working as a partner in small, medium, and large National legal firms Gino is making his expertise and leadership available to TBA Law a couple of days each week. He can provide commercial advice and as a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Commercial Litigation Specialist, as well as dispute resolution services with the objective of achieving the client’s desired outcome quickly and with the least possible expense.

Gino has extensive experienced in the conduct of commercial litigation in the Magistrates Court, County Court, and Supreme Court of Victoria and in the tribunals at VCAT. For many years he has acted both for and against Banks and lending institutions in the provision of compliance advice and banking and finance litigation in diverse areas such as the enforcement of mortgages and securities, applications to protect or remove caveats, frauds, removal of tenants, the recovery of unsecured debts, and opposing or prosecuting applications for an injunction. In addition to this, he has resolved partnership disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency related matters.

Deborah Akers

Deb was admitted as an Australian Lawyer in Victoria following a successful career in health and education. Her clinical work dealt mostly with clients facing issues such as family violence, mental illness, substance misuse, family breakdown, homelessness, and child protection issues. Her legal experience includes Intervention Orders, Family Law, and Separation.

Mitchell Fuller

Mitch has a friendly and empathetic approach for all your personal legal issues, and particular wills and estate planning, deceased estates, property law and dispute resolution.

Patrick Walsh

Having worked in the construction industry for 10 years prior, Patrick has started his legal career with TBA Law.

He lives in Wallan with his young family.

With over 15 years of experience, Melitta has a clear passion for conveyancing and for working closely with a diverse range of clients and on a diverse range of properties.

Melitta is experienced in purchases, sales, transfers, survivorship applications, leases and more. She understands and shares in the excitement of clients purchasing their first home or the more seasoned clients with extensive property portfolios. Melitta keeps clients informed as the matter progresses and is more than happy to answer any questions along the way.

Melitta lives at Wallan with her husband, son and baby daughter. They are involved heavily in the Wandong football club, and the CFA.

Catherine is TBA Law’s most recent addition, having been too bored in retirement from public service, she was looking for some part time work in Nagambie.

As office manager of TBA Law, her role is varied and busy making sure the office runs smoothly and efficiently.

Living now in Hidden Valley, Ebony has a strong connection with the Romsey community.

Rhea Ruga

Rhea is the Marketing Assistant at TBA Law. She is responsible for implementing marketing plans and management of the firm’s social media channels.

Prior to joining TBA Law, she has successfully spearheaded marketing efforts (traditional and digital)  for several institutions and brands, and launched numerous multi-media campaigns to add value to business.