The appointment makes Amy the youngest and only female leading a large law firm in South Australia, and follows a string of other firsts for the trailblazing lawyer, who has been paving the way for women within the legal profession for almost 15 years.
“I feel both honoured and humbled to be appointed Managing Partner of DBH,” she said.
“For more than 50 years, DBH has not only been an industry leader in legal practice, but also through the way in which we give back to the communities that we serve.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to develop the firm’s legacy, by working in partnership with our clients to deliver great outcomes, being involved in community projects and events, and leading our team of exceptional people into an exciting new era for the firm.”
At DBH, Amy practices in the areas of workers compensation, motor vehicle accident, public liability and general personal injury law.
Outgoing Managing Partner, Matt DeGregorio, said that Amy was the obvious choice to succeed him as Managing Partner.
“Aside from being recognised as a leading lawyer across her areas of expertise in South Australia and nationally, Amy’s passion, drive and commitment to supporting women in the legal profession is well recognised,” said Matt.
“I have no doubt that over the next few years she will continue to provide outstanding leadership for the firm, and in true Amy spirit, continue to break down barriers and act as a fantastic role model for the next generation of lawyers.”
Amy became a DBH Partner in 2015 and was the first female to be made Equity Partner in more than 20 years. She continues to be the youngest Equity Partner within the partnership at 39 years old.
She was also the founding partner behind the firm’s women’s professional networking group, Doing Business in Heels.
Doing Business in Heels is designed to connect and empower the State’s business women from all backgrounds and industries by providing support and financial relief through fundraising and networking events.
Amy is the immediate Past Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and served as the South Australian representative on the Law Council of Australia’s Equal Opportunity Committee between 2018 and 2021.
She is an active member of the Law Society of South Australia, and, in 2019, she was only the fourth female — and youngest at the time — to be elected into the position of President. She was also the first to give birth during her Presidential term.
In 2020, Amy was named one of InDaily’s ‘40 Under 40’, which recognises the leading business people in South Australia aged under 40. She was the only person from the legal profession to make the list.
Established in 1970, DBH is one of Adelaide’s largest law firms, with more than 35 lawyers and solicitors around the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Other appointments announced by the firm today include Christopher Symons to Associate.