Dragana Blackwood
Senior Associate

Dragana Blackwood
Senior Associate

Dragana is a strategic adviser and skilled negotiator and litigator with a focus on advising private clients, in areas of family law, estate and succession planning, and alternative dispute resolution. Her strong academic background, including a Master of Laws with a focus on commercial and resources law and Master of Laws (Applied) majoring in Estate Planning, together with her extensive practical experience, have equipped her with a unique set of skills that enable her to handle even the most sensitive issues with professionalism, care, and technical proficiency.

As a trained mediator and dispute resolution professional, Dragana has a proven track record of achieving successful and timely outcomes for clients through negotiation and amicable resolution. Where settlement cannot be achieved, Dragana represents clients as Counsel or instructor in contested Family Law proceedings. 

Dragana is committed to achieving efficient and commercially sound outcomes for her clients and understands the emotional sensitivity and complexity that often comes with private client work. She works closely with her clients to understand their needs and goals and provides tailored legal advice that takes into account clients' specific circumstances.

Having worked with a diverse range of clients, Dragana is well-equipped to handle a broad spectrum of legal matters. She collaborates with other advisers, including accountants, financial planners, and lawyers, to ensure her clients receive comprehensive legal advice and holistic approach to their matters. In addition to her client work, Dragana is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others and frequently delivers training and presentations at industry seminars and among professional networks.

Dragana has been recognised as a “Rising Star” in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Doyle's Guide (Family Law - WA). She served as an elected member of the Council of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia for two (2) terms and as a Non-Executive Director for a Not-For-Profit organisation in the disabilities sector for three (3) years. Prior to starting her legal career, Dragana gained valuable experience working in federal politics for four (4) years, giving her a deep understanding of Australia’s system of government, parliamentary processes, and legislation analysis.

CONTACT
Direct  +61 8 9288 6840
Fax  +61 8 9288 6001
dragana.blackwood@lavan.com.au

PRACTICE TEAMS
Family Law
Private Clients
Wills & Estates

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Asset protection
Child maintenance
De-facto & same sex matters
Divorce & separation
Enduring Powers of Attorney
Enduring Powers of Guardianship
Estate planning
Family business
Family Court representation
Finalising family law settlements
Financial Agreements
Parenting disputes
Property settlements
Spousal maintenance
Succession planning
Superannuation
Trusts (inter vivos and testamentary)
Wills


EDUCATION

Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Estate Planning, College of Law (2023)

Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution (accreditation component), Mediator Training Academy (2017) 

National Mediation Training Course & NMAS Accreditation, University of Western Australia (2016) 

Master of Laws, University of Western Australia (2015)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law (2014)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Edith Cowan University (2012)

Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, Edith Cowan University (2012)


ADMISSIONS

High Court of Australia (2014)

Supreme Court of Western Australia (2014)


RECOGNITION

Doyle’s Guide Rising Stars WA Family Law - 2020, 2021, 2022


MEMBERSHIPS

Asian Australian Lawyers Association

Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators & Mediators

Family Law Practitioners' Association of Western Australia

Family Law Section

Golden Key International Honour Society

Law Society of WA

Women Lawyers WA

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