Mark Ferraretto and Lydia Ho have recently joined the team of lawyers at Ezra Legal. Mark is based in our Adelaide office, and Lydia is based in Port Lincoln.
After working in IT for almost 30 years in Australia and Asia, including as Vice-President of IT for a major US investment bank, in 2012 Mark embarked on a career change, graduating from the University of Adelaide Law School in 2016.
Prior to graduation, Mark was employed by a commercial law practice in Adelaide, firstly as a clerk and then as a graduate lawyer following his admission to the SA Supreme Court in August 2017. Mark primarily provided legal advice to technology-based clients, as well as utilising his IT skills to implement a project management lifecycle into the firm’s practice management system. Mark was also responsible for introducing and managing the firm’s first use of AI-based electronic discovery for a large litigation case, and implementing an ‘electronic trial’ for the subsequent trial.
In February 2019 Mark joined Flinders University as a Lecturer in Law. Mark taught an innovative new legal technology topic in which law students learnt basic coding skills and then wrote legal software applications for not-for-profit ‘clients’. A number of these student applications are now in day-to-day use by the organisations that commissioned them. Mark also taught Constitutional Law and Contract Law.
Mark moved back into private practice in July 2021, taking advantage of the opportunity to once again work as a solicitor and also to ‘practice what he’s preached’ regarding the use of technology in legal practice and the delivery of legal services
After completing a Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University (ANU), Lydia worked in Migration Law at the same time as studying for her Master of Laws at the University of Adelaide. As a migration lawyer, Lydia represented many companies across regional Australia, which gave her a unique insight in to the day-to-day struggles and legal issues that regional businesses face.
Prior to this, Lydia completed a placement at Duncan Basheer Hannon Lawyers in Adelaide, focusing on Wills, Estates and EPAs, and personal injury cases.
Lydia will initially split her time between our offices in Adelaide and Port Lincoln, supported by Practice Principle Michael Fabbro who will continue to visit Port Lincoln on a fortnightly basis.
“The recruitment, development and promotion of new talent is an important focus for us” said Practice Principle Michael Fabbro. “Ezra Legal has, and will continue to support our clients to adapt and overcome challenges to ultimately grow and improve their business by delivering high quality legal services. With that in mind, on behalf of the team at Ezra Legal, I congratulate Mark and Lydia on their appointments.”