Daniel Rod

Po Box 1357 · Bondi Junction, NSW 1355 · (+61) 0413-823-444 · daniel@danielrod.com

Senior Lawyer with a Master of Laws in Family Law, currently finishing a Master of Legal Practice. Advanced software development skills and fluent in web development frameworks such as Angular, React, Vue.js, HTML, and CSS. Intermediate Spanish and Hebrew speaker, fast learner, and a born leader. 11+ years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector representing my community to international politicians, dignitaries, and academics. Exceptionally fast learner and highly adaptable.

My Family Law clients trust me with their lives when they are in extreme crises. I have achieved outstanding results for them. Imagine what I can do for you.


Experience

Product Manager

DocuStream

Was approached by the Founder of DocuStream to become their first employee, in the role of Product Manager.

Successfully re-built the DocuStream Website, and built the products Contract Builder and Contract Instructor by programming the front end of both products. Moved the company from using PHP and Smarty to Angular and Bootstrap for their web development.

Designed and implemented the Company's Roadmap. Created marketing products for the business such as HTML emails for clients, Videos, and web pages for each of its products. Designed and implemented a complete redesign of the company's websites and advised on the technical requirements so as to ensure the product was scalable and sustainable.
September 2019 - March 2020

Senior Solicitor

Spectrum Legal Group

Managed the Spectrum Legal Family Law Department, assisting with current and new clients. When the principal had an unexpected heart attack, I joined the firm to assist them in managing the practice and with their current matters. Ran several matters to Final Hearing, including an international relocation matter that had been to Final Hearing, was later Appealed (which was successful), and Remitted for Second Final hearing. I appeared in that matter on an urgent Family Court Application on Christmas Eve, where the other party sought a stay of the Orders after we were successful in the Second Final Hearing.

April 2018 - September 2019

Senior Solicitor

Farrar Gesini Dunn

Opened the Sydney office of Farrar Gesini Dunn, growing its Sydney office from 1 to 5 staff in its first 9 months of operation. Was promoted to the role of Senior Solicitor (the equivalent of Senior Associate) within 3 months of employment with the firm. Averaged approximately 4 personal referrals each month to the firm.

September 2019 - March 2020

Family Lawyer

Armstrong Legal

Ran my own practice within Armstrong Legal with approximately 35 active matters at any one time. Successfully represented international clients including foreign politicians and business people, in 'big-money' and parenting matters. Prepared and ran numerous Interim Hearings, Conciliation Conferences, Mediations, and Case Assessment Conferences without needing to engage Counsel. This includes preparing my own detailed Case Outlines and submissions. Instructed Counsel and prepared numerous big money matters for Final Hearing.

July 2014 - February 2017

Summer Clerkship

Slater and Gordon

Drafted Legal documents, parsed contracts, summarised vast volumes of material produced in family law and medical law subpoenas. Assisted principal in Medical Law team with managing and preparing for litigation and mediations by preparing schedules for each matter. Drafted costs agreements and attended file management for Family Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Medical Law practice areas.

December 2012 - January 2013

Education

Australian National University

Master of Legal Practice

June 2019 - Present

College of Law

Master of Laws
Applied Law: Family Law

June 2019

Australian National University

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

April 2014

University of Technology, Sydney

Bachelor of Laws

June 2014

University of Technology, Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
Major in Spanish Language and Culture

June 2014

University of Málaga, Spain

Diploma of Spanish Language - Level B1

May 2013

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools
  • LaTeX
Workflow
  • Mobile-First, Responsive Design
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum

Interests

When I'm not lawyering, you will often find me listening to Podcasts, Quantum Physics books, listening to Aaron Copland, Mahler or the Boss. I'm always learning new things, and in my spare time I like to program useful Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or Web Apps.

I'm often out with my little dogs, Miss Daisy and Mr Fluffy, and my partner, Laura.


I love stand up comedy, politics, international affairs, and philosophy.

My mind never stops, and I'll always be forever curious.