Ben von Einem | Principal Lawyer & Director

Ben graduated from Deakin University in 1999 and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. He was admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2000.

With almost 20 years’ legal experience in the Geelong region, Ben advocates passionately for an array of clients and is highly regarded for his approachable manner, honest advice and ability to deliver quick and effective legal solutions.

Ben’s legal knowledge and expertise is immense and diverse. He has extensive experience in criminal law, family law, litigation, commercial law, contract law, employment law, wills, estates, power of attorney and intervention orders.

A passionate proponent for your rights, Ben regularly appears in courts and tribunals including the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Ben has worked as a lecturer at Deakin University’s Law School and has written a variety of legal publications surrounding criminal law and human rights law. He has also advocated for clients with intellectual disabilities during his time as principal solicitor at Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service. He was a partner at Peter Falconer & Associates in Geelong before establishing Ben von Einem & Associates.

He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Geelong Law Association.

Outside of work Ben is a fanatical Geelong Football Club member, music and guitar enthusiast and a keen golfer.

Pat Byrne | Lawyer

Pat’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. He worked as a newspaper journalist, with a focus on crime and justice issues, for many years before joining Ben von Einem & Associates and commencing his legal career. He is admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court. 

Pat is a fierce advocate and appears regularly in Victorian courts and tribunals. He is passionate about criminal law and appreciates the vital role a lawyer plays when an individual has been charged with a criminal offence. He has published a number of scholarly articles relating to criminal law with topics including sentencing in Victoria’s higher courts, the development of uniform evidence law in Victoria and causation.

Trained under Ben’s professional guidance prior to being admitted, Pat is a highly competent lawyer and takes on a variety of matters including those pertaining to criminal law, family law, commercial litigation, commercial leasing, sale and purchase of business, wills, estates, power of attorney and intervention orders.

Pat is trusted by clients and untiring in his efforts to protect and fight for their rights.

He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Geelong Law Association.

A Surf Coast local, when he’s not in court or the office Pat can generally be found in the water somewhere around Torquay.


Libby Hatton | Practice Manager

Libby has worked as a professional Law Clerk and Practice Manager in the Geelong region for more than a decade and now holds the position of Practice Manager at Ben von Einem & Associates.

Libby’s area of knowledge and expertise is immense and varied. Running her own files, she specialises in the sale and purchase of businesses, commercial leasing, family law, estates, wills, and power of attorney.

Libby holds a Diploma of Human Resources Management and Certificates in Front Line Management and Business Administration.

Passionate about the personal development and future of young people in this region, Libby has volunteered with the Scouts Association of Victoria for more than 10 years.