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LLB, BA (Criminology & Criminal Justice)

Senior Associate

Bonnie O'Brien - Senior Associate

Recognised on the 2020 Women Lawyers Association Queensland (WLAQ) Inspo List as an inspirational woman in law and also listed as a Recommended Family & Divorce Lawyer in Toowoomba, Darling Downs & Western Queensland, 2020 in Doyle’s Guide.

What sets Bonnie apart?

A truly unique aspect of Bonnie’s style is her genuine professional care for her clients.  Her aim is to support you through your entire legal process, and avoid a narrow focus on a particular end-result. 

Bonnie is a former longstanding and positive contributor to the Warwick community.  She grew up in Warwick and went to St Mary’s and Assumption College Warwick.  When asked what makes her work worthwhile, Bonnie explained that she does not feel that “it ends at the door”.  For Bonnie, helping people resolve difficult legal issues, and seeing them flourish in their lives afterwards, is the purpose of her work. 

Bonnie’s experience with surrogacy

Most recently, Bonnie met a couple who were experiencing the emotional turmoil of wanting a child through surrogacy.  The couple had faced several roadblocks in finding a lawyer who would assist them, due to the legal complexities of surrogacy matters.

Highly-motivated, and consistently striving for excellence, Bonnie embraced this opportunity to make a difference, and bring joy to the lives of this young couple. 

Bonnie provided the appropriate legal advice backed by extensive legal research, and prepared a watertight Surrogacy Agreement for the couple.  Her knowledge and expertise in this area and her exceptional case management skills guided all the parties involved toward a most positive outcome.  This was the first surrogacy order made in the Toowoomba Childrens Court under the Surrogacy Act 2010 (Qld), making history in our region in this specialised area of family law.

The couple now have a beautiful baby girl.  Bonnie was especially touched by their heartfelt acknowledgement that she was instrumental in helping them become parents, and has been privileged to meet the gorgeous little one.

What are Bonnie’s areas of expertise?

Along with Bonnie’s gracious and kind nature, she is experienced in giving honest, realistic and robust legal advice and representation. 

Bonnie is experienced in:

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Litigation and Disputes
  • Child Protection
  • Domestic Violence and Protection Orders
  • Wills and Estate Planning, and
  • Property Law.

Bonnie gained much of her expertise from working as an Associate to a Judge in the Southport District Court, and as Research Assistant to Barrister-at- who is now appointed as a QC (Queens Counsel, or Silk). After finishing university, Bonnie worked for several years in criminal and family law at a firm in Brisbane city before returning to Warwick to practice.

Through these roles, Bonnie has developed exceptional legal research and analysis skills that she applies in her own practice to help people in legal difficulties.

In Family Law, Bonnie is experienced in:

  • Surrogacy Agreements
  • Parenting Orders
  • Financial/Property Orders
  • Paternity issues
  • Divorce Applications
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution, and
  • Binding Child Support Agreements.

In Criminal Law matters, Bonnie is available to appear in criminal and civil matters in the Magistrates and District Courts across the region, including:

Bonnie’s experience as a duty lawyer at the Ipswich Magistrates Court and working with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions means you will be in expert hands when facing criminal charges.  She is particularly experienced in:

  • Court Representation – mentions, applications, hearings, sentences, prosecutions and trials
  • Assault, willful damage, stealing and dishonesty offences
  • Sexual offences & Indecent assaults
  • Drug related offences
  • Drink driving offences
  • Logbook, fatigue and heavy vehicle regulation offences
  • Traffic Offences, and
  • Special Hardship and Work License Applications.

Outside of the law

You’re most likely to see Bonnie around Toowoomba and Warwick, enjoying time with her family and friends.  She returned to Warwick in 2015 after moving away to complete her studies and work in the city, having missed her hometown and the local community life she enjoys so much.

Bonnie is a music lover who enjoys all types of music and plays the piano. Her love of public speaking and performance saw her complete Speech and Drama qualifications to Sixth Grade through the Australian Music Examinations board.

She has also represented the Warwick community as the Warwick Lions Youth of the Year and as the Warwick Showgirl in 2005, before going on to represent the Darling Downs Queensland Country Life Showgirl Competition later that year.

She also loves to cook and most recently has tried her hand at sewing which she describes as “a disaster waiting to happen”! 

Bonnie’s qualifications and milestones

2017: Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course

2011: Admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland

2011: Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, Skills & Ethics at Griffith University Law School

2010: Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Griffith University Law School

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