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Bernie Balmer has over 30 years’ experience in criminal law and motor traffic matters across Australia. During this time Bernie has regularly appeared in metropolitan and regional matters before the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria and briefed counsel and appeared before the High Court of Australia in a number of leading cases. Bernie has gained expertise in every area of criminal law from driving matters through to homicide. Hailing from Broadford (regional Victoria), Bernie moved to Melbourne to become a Clerk of Courts, after which he later attended the University of Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Law. A born fighter (in the ring and in the court room), Bernie holds an Australian University Heavy Weight title and an established reputation as a leading criminal defence lawyer. To this day he continues to pursue an active interest in boxing, since 1996 Bernie has been a board member of Professional Boxing and Combat Sports and holding two positions on the World Boxing Council – Chairman of Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Victoria.
For over two decades Balmer Lawyers, led by Bernie Balmer, has had carriage of some of the country’s most significant criminal cases. The firm’s unwavering commitment to justice has ensured that Bernie Balmer and his lawyers are a formidable team.
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Anna completed her Law Degree at Bond University Queensland after which she obtained her articles of clerkship at Galbally & O’Bryan Lawyers Melbourne in 2008. Anna was admitted to practice in 2009 and joined the Balmer Lawyers team. Anna is an enthusiastic defender of an individual’s rights for a fair and just trial. She has extensive experience across a range of youth crime, summary crime and indictable matters, and regularly appears in all courts across regional and metropolitan Victoria.
In 2014 Anna undertook and successfully completed a comprehensive examination process testing technical knowledge, writing and practical advocacy skills developed by the Law Institute of Victoria, academics and members of the Victorian bar. Upon successful completion Anna is recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist ensuring that clients who choose Balmer & Associates’ as their firm have access to a lawyer that is trained and competent in the area of criminal law.
Anna is an approved panel certifier through Victoria Legal Aid for the Indictable Criminal.