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We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our lawyers have a history of achieving success for their clients.

  • Ethical
  • Firm but Fair
  • Efficient

Sam Cohen


Sam has a wealth of legal knowledge and experience which, combined with her unique insight into the corporate world in both small and big business, enables her to provide clients with someone who understands how their business works and is able to resolve matters effectively and efficiently.

Before joining a large regional firm in which Sam quickly elevated through the ranks to Partner, Sam spent 15 years’ experience in the building and construction, mining and civil engineering industries. That, combined with her innate ability to seize upon legal issues and get to the heart of a matter quickly, make Sam a formidable opponent.

Sam brings a commercial approach to her practice, aimed at giving her clients sound professional advice focused on the need for a timely resolution. Sam’s experience is in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes, debt recovery, building and construction, equity, insolvency, planning and environment, land disputes, consumer law, defamation, estate litigation and criminal law.

Sam harbours a specific interest in building and construction industry disputes. She has instructed in the High Court in relation to a matter under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004, in which the application of that legislation to mining leases was considered. Her client was successful in opposing the application for leave to appeal.

Current Affiliations:

  • Deputy Chair of the Queensland Law Society Construction and Infrastructure Committee
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
  • Member of the James Cook University External Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Selectability Governance Committee
  • Member Rotary International
  • Past President of the North Queensland Law Association
  • Past President of the Townsville District Law Association
  • Co-Host of the podcast Held to Account
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Melanie Richards


After completing a Bachelor in Social Sciences (Criminology and Psychology) and a Bachelor of Law in Canada, Melanie commenced her legal career in 2006 by working for a small firm in Canada.

Melanie was admitted as a legal practitioner in Canada after completing her Articles in 2007. Melanie pursued her interests in human rights law by completing a Masters in Human Rights Law in the United Kingdom in 2009. Melanie was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in July 2011.

Melanie joined Cohen Legal in early 2019, practising in the area of commercial and employment law. Melanie assists clients in moving their businesses and their lives forward in a positive direction. Melanie’s passion and interest for employment law stems from her human rights background and the desire to help people understand and protect their rights. She is also passionate about working closely with her commercial clients to assist them to establish and grow their businesses while mitigating their risks by offering commercial, timely and cost effective solutions.

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Sharyn Bolton


Sharyn has been with Cohen Legal since 2017 and brings with her over 30 years’ experience in the legal industry, primarily working in conveyancing.

Sharyn understands that buying and selling any property can be quite a stressful time for clients. Sharyn provides excellent service to our clients, taking the time to ensure they fully understand the process and are at ease every step of the way.

Sharyn prides herself on her good communication skills and the rapport she builds with her clients in both residential and commercial conveyancing.

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