James Omond : B. Ec / LL.B, LL.M, Grad. Dip. Intellectual Property Law
Prior to that, he worked for Southcorp Limited in its inhouse legal practice from 1994 – 2002, the last three as Deputy General Counsel. Before that, James worked as a corporate lawyer for BP Australia for 2 1/2 years, after working as a lawyer for 3 years in the Melbourne office of the international law firm, Baker & McKenzie.
- Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Economics (Tas.)
- Master of Laws (Melb.)
- Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law (Melb.)
- Registered trade mark attorney
- Member, Wine Australia’s Legislation Review Committee
- Committee Member, Liquor, Leisure & Hospitality Committee, Law Institute of Victoria
- Board Member and past-president, Australasian chapter of the International Wine Law Association.
PREVIOUS POSITIONS HELD
- Vice-President, Winemakers Federation of Australia
- Chair, Small Winemakers Committee, Winemakers Federation of Australia
- Board member, Wine Victoria
- Council Member, Victorian Liquor Advisory Council
- Council Member, Victorian Food & Wine Tourism Council
- International Trademark Attorney Association (INTA)
- International Wine Law Association (AIDV)
- Law Institute of Victoria
- Australian Distillers Association (ADA)
- Independent Brewers Association (IBA)
- James is appreciated for his “rare combination of expertise, practical legal skills and business acumen.” (Asia-Pacific guide, 2015) and is ‘a “well known and senior practitioner” specialising in all aspects of trade mark matters, and is noted for his broad experience of the food and drink industry’ (Global guide, 2017). James has been ranked in these guides since 2015.
Chambers & Partners, guide to the world’s best lawyers Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright
James is the “Honorary Counsel” for both Sommeliers Australia and Wine Communicators Australia, and also provides pro bono legal services to the Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association and the King Valley Vignerons Association.
James has also served as President of the School Council of Albert Park Primary School, and was a member of the management committee of the Clarendon Children’s Cooperative, and the Albert Park Pre-School Inc. He also provided free legal services to the Arts Law Association of Australia at their Melbourne legal advice nights.