19 October 2021

The Honourable Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of South Australia, has today on behalf of the Judges of the Supreme Court announced the appointment of two new Senior Counsel.  The appointments were made after wide consultation with the judicial officers of the State, the senior law officers of the State and the legal profession.

Senior Counsel hold important leadership positions in the legal profession.  Criteria for selection include legal learning, experience and skill in advocacy, integrity, availability to prospective clients and independence.

The new Senior Counsel are: Mr Jarrod Warren and Mr Damian O’Leary

Mr Jarrod Warren SC

Mr Warren SC obtained a Law (Honours) degree in Adelaide and was admitted to practice in September 1994. He practices in the areas of personal injuries litigation and employment/industrial law. He appears regularly in the Magistrates Court, District Court, South Australian Employment Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He also appears in the Supreme Court and on occasions in the Federal Court. 

Mr Damian O’Leary SC

Mr O’Leary SC obtained a Law degree with first-class Honours before being admitted to legal practice in October 2007. His areas of practice have been in public law, general commercial law, and civil disputes. He has particular expertise in administrative, constitutional, migration, native title, discrimination and workers compensation law. He has appeared in the Federal Court and as junior counsel in the High Court for the Commonwealth and the State.

The Chief Justice said:

The appointment of Senior Counsel is a significant event for the successful applicants, for the legal profession and the South Australian community. 

Senior Counsel are leaders of the profession who adhere to the highest standards of legal excellence and integrity.  The Chief Justice congratulates the Senior Counsel announced today.  They have earned this recognition through the diligent performance of their duties to the Courts and their clients.