Michael Kats


Mentor and Lawyer


Bachelor of Law
Bachelor of Arts
Cert IV Training and Assessment
Bar Readers Course
Australian Legal Practitioner


At Leo Cussen

Michael is a Lawyer and Mentor at Leo Cussen Centre for Law working with our Law Grads in the blended online course.


Before Leo Cussen

Michael practiced as a Barrister, In-House Counsel at Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Convenor, Group Conferences at Jesuit Social Services, Duty Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid and Solicitor in a General Private Practice in Dandenong and Gippsland.



Victorian Bar
Criminal Bar Association
Children’s Court Bar Association (former committee member)
Victorian Bar Soccer Committee


Achievements/Special Interests

Michael completed the Trial Counsel Development Program (for Advocacy) in 2012. He also completed several Criminal Trials in the County Court and instructed in the Diploma of Criminal Justice at Holmesglen TAFE.

Michael is currently undertaking Masters in Law.


Outside of Leo Cussen

Michael travelled along the Trans Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok and ice skated along the deepest and largest fresh water lake in the world: Lake Baikal in Siberia. He desperately wants to do it again.  Michael also enjoys curing his own salmon, playing ice-hockey and soccer.   He recently started to enjoy reading Sci Fi novels and is passionate about issues relating to First Nations People’s access to justice and truth-telling in relation to Australia’s dark history of colonisation.