Megan Dansie – Partner
Megan is one of the most experienced Family Lawyers in South Australia, having focused on Family Law for over 30 years of legal practice.
Megan joined Stevens Law as a partner in 2020. Megan approaches all her clients with compassion and understanding. Her focus is on assisting clients to resolve matters without the need to go to court.
Her extensive experience includes some years in private practice as a Family lawyer in a commercial law firm. She then moved on to being an instructor of graduate lawyers in Family Law, Wills and Estates and commercial practice. She also broadened her experience in Family Law and Mediation through her work with the Marion Community Legal Service.
Megan was a founder and mediator with The Marion Family Mediation Service. She also taught mediation skills to schools and the community. She is also trained in Collaborative Law.
Megan has extensive experience in matters covering the whole range of family law, including acting for parties in complex de facto and matrimonial property disputes (including ones involving businesses, farms and sole traders, and self-managed superannuation funds), spousal maintenance, children’s matters, child support, same sex relationships, and divorce applications. Her work in children’s matters includes ones where issues of domestic violence, drugs, alcohol, and mental health issues are involved, and where non-parents are seeking custody or contact with a child.
Megan brings experience and her understanding of the stresses involved in family law matters to all her clients. She provides advice tailored to your needs and concerns.
Jonathan Stevens - Firm Principal
LL.B B.A. Hons.
Jonathan has over 20 years experience as a lawyer in South Australia. Jonathan has of course been instructed in a broad range of matters across the legal spectrum, from property settlements and children’s issues to the most serious of criminal charges, and most matters in between.
Currently practising predominantly in the area of Civil and Administrative Law, he is a member of the SACAT panel of lawyers.
Jonathan takes pride in the capable group of lawyers at Stevens Law who are producing great outcomes for the firm and its clients.
Simon Frazer – Partner
Simon was admitted to practice in 2006. Since his admission, Simon has practised exclusively in family law property and children’s matters.
Simon is one of the few Accredited Family Law Specialists in South Australia obtaining family law accreditation in 2018.
Simon joined Stevens Law as a partner in 2021. He is approachable and responsive to your legal needs. He will provide legal advice and representation in a timely, straightforward, efficient and easy to understand matter.
He has been an Independent Children’s Lawyer for over 10 years and has extensive experience in acting in family law matters including as an advocate in litigation in the family law courts and mediations.
Simon’s expertise includes property settlements, divorce law and complex children’s matters including relocation applications.
Danielle De Pizzol – Partner
LL.B (Hons) B. Media
Stevens Law were proud to obtain the services of Danielle as a Partner in 2019.
Danielle attended the University of Adelaide and completed a Bachelor of Media in 2004 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2006 with Honours. Danielle was admitted to practice as both a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2007 and to the High Court of Australia in 2010.
Danielle is a highly experienced family lawyer specialising in property settlement matters for both married and de facto couples, spousal maintenance issues, children’s matters (including domestic violence, mental health and drug and alcohol abuse issues) and divorce applications. As a senior family lawyer, Danielle is highly skilled in assisting our clients with complex financial and property issues, negotiating parenting arrangements and providing advice on child support matters. Whilst Danielle endeavours to resolve all family law matters in an amicable and efficient manner without proceeding to Court, Danielle has significant experience in Federal Circuit Court and Family Court litigation.
Danielle has developed legal expertise and practised in the areas of Insurance Litigation, Wills and Estates, Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, WorkCover, Superannuation and Criminal Law, however, Family Law is where she has excelled.
Danielle is both compassionate and understanding. She will provide you with comprehensive advice taking into consideration your particular circumstances.
Joanna Caracoussis – Senior Associate
Joanna Caracoussis graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2011 completing Degrees in Law and Commerce. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in the same year.
Having worked predominantly in criminal law since her admission, Joanna brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in this field. She is highly driven and demonstrates a compassionate nature for whom she advocates. Joanna’s ability to simplify complex legal issues means she offers straightforward advice so clients can make informed decisions about their legal matters.
Joanna has worked in both criminal defence and prosecution on a wide variety of matters, from minor traffic offences through to complex major indictable matters. She has appeared as solicitor and counsel in all South Australian Criminal Courts. Her practical experience, coupled with her unique insight of prosecutorial operations and procedures offers an invaluable benefit to her clients.
Joanna has forged excellent working relationships with prosecutors, court staff and other stakeholders, enabling her to obtain favourable outcomes in an efficient manner.
Joanna is a member of the General Panel and Complex Criminal Law Panel of the Legal Services Commission.
An experienced solicitor, Joanna joined Stevens Law in 2021.
Joel Horskins – Senior Associate
Joel completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of South Australia and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2014, before being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and High Court of Australia. He works exclusively in the criminal law and is passionate about obtaining the best possible outcomes for his clients. Joel is a member of the General Panel of the Legal Services Commission.
Joel appears in all Courts across the State. He is an accomplished trial lawyer, having successfully run Trials in the Magistrates’ and District Court, and Bail Reviews in the Supreme Court. This experience enables him to approach matters pragmatically and consider every possible perspective. Joel has an excellent relationship with Prosecutors and when appropriate, is able to negotiate suitable outcomes to resolve matters efficiently.
Joel is hard working and quick thinking, and clients can rest assured knowing that he will leave no stone unturned to achieve the best possible outcome.
Larissa Stevens – Practice Manager
Larissa has over 20 years experience in the legal industry. Having previously worked for leading South Australian commercial law firms, she is now the Practice Manager of Stevens Law.
Larissa is responsible for the day to day running of our firm and liaises with all legal professional governing bodies. She is often the “first port of call” for clients and maintains oversight of all files. She is indispensable to Stevens Law.
CLAIRE - Reception/Administration
With over 25 years of experience in professional support roles and office administration, Claire brings a wealth of experience and calm to the Stevens Law Offices.
Generally the first port of call, Claire has the ability to guide, direct, and assist our solicitors and clients in equal measure.
We are extremely proud to have Claire as a member of our office.