About us

We believe in helping our clients resolve their family law matters amicably, respectfully and with dignity. We are effective dispute resolution.

We are a team of experienced Family Law Accredited Specialists and we started dignity.edr. and dignity.legal. in 2021 to move away from traditional family law practise that focuses heavily on litigation, towards a more family centred resolution practice.

Leon Berger

Leon Berger is a Family Law Accredited Specialist, Nationally Accredited Mediator and Facilitator.

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Leon Berger

Leon has over 15 years’ experience in relationship and family law and 10 years as an LIV Accredited Specialist. Leon is known in the profession for his sensible, calm, strategic and pragmatic approach to complex family law matters.  As a seasoned family law litigator, Leon is determined change the approach to relationship and family law matters by designing people centred resolution processes focusing on maintaining civility and dignity beyond separation.

Leon is one of our Directors and co-founders here at dignity.edr. and dignity.legal. Leon was a former Partner of Berger Kordos Lawyers and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (2002) from Bond University and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (2004) from Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

Leon can help you with family and relationship law matters including: binding financial agreements including pre-nuptial agreements, family law and separations including consent orders, contact arrangements and property settlements, divorce applications, mediations and facilitation.

Leon views the best approach to relationship and family law matters is to find resolutions outside of the courtroom.
In his spare time, Leon enjoys cooking up masterpieces in the kitchen, watching the English Premier League, reading and hanging out with his family.

Phone: 03 7031 4460
Mobile: 0411 027 980

leon@dignityedr.com.au

Barry Berger

Barry Berger is a Family Law Accredited Specialist, a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and an AIFLAM Accredited Arbitrator. 

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Barry Berger

Barry Berger is a Family Law Accredited Specialist, a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and an AIFLAM Accredited Arbitrator. 

Barry Berger is one of Australia’s most experienced family lawyers and is known in the profession for giving strategic legal advice in complex family law matters, an innovator in collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution, and a champion of value-priced offerings.

Barry is one of our Directors and co-founders here at dignity.edr. and dignity.legal. Throughout his 46 year career, Barry was the co-founder and Managing Partner of Berger Kordos Lawyers and prior to that he was the Head of the Family Law Department of Home Wilkinson Lowry which subsequently became HWLE.

Barry graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Economics (1972) and Bachelor of Laws (1974).

In his spare time, Barry has a keen interest all things cycling.

Barry is committed to helping people effectively find workable outcomes and practical resolutions at all stages of their relationship. Barry is always looking at new ways to reinvent how to achieve family law resolutions effectively.

Phone: 03 7031 4460
Mobile: 0412 352 044

barry@dignityedr.com.au

Athanasia Balaskas

Athanasia is a Family Law Accredited Specialist, and is our Special Counsel at Dignity.EDR.  

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Athanasia Balaskas

Athanasia is a Family Law Accredited Specialist, and is our Special Counsel at Dignity.EDR.   Ath has 17 years of extensive experience assisting clients across all aspects in family and relationship law.  She has a particular interest in negotiating and drafting Financial Agreements.   Ath brings a practical focus and provides results driven advice to assist her clients.   She is an effective negotiator, motivated wherever possible to resolve matters for clients in an expeditious and cost effective matter.  Ath is also fluent in Greek.

Ath graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Laws (2002), obtained her Specialisation in 2009 and undertook Collaborative Law training in 2010.

On a personal note, Ath loves spending quality time with her family.

Having been involved in an array of related litigation matters over the years has convinced Ath that there is a better way. Ath has a keen interest in effective dispute resolutions processes such as Mediation and Collaborative Law. 

Ph: 03 7031 4460

ath@dignityedr.com.au

Holly Hynninen

Holly is a Lawyer here at Dignity.EDR 

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Holly Hynninen

Holly is a Junior Lawyer at Dignity.EDR. She graduated from Deakin University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted into legal practice by the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2019.

Holly has experience assisting clients across a range of areas of law including criminal law and estate planning, however it was her practice in civil litigation and dispute resolution that caused her to be passionate about Dignity’s philosophy to find an amicable resolution without the need for litigation.

In her spare time, Holly enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and chasing after her toddler. 

Ph: 03 7031 4460

holly@dignityedr.com.au

Margy Nixon

Margy is the Legal Administrative Assistant at Dignity.EDR. 

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Margy Nixon

Margy is the Legal Administrative Assistant for Dignity.EDR. Margy brings over 35 years experience working across a myriad of fields including marketing, sales, health and law, and this makes her an excellent communicator. Margy likes to be organised and loves to constantly learn new things. She aims to always provide our clients, staff and contacts with dignity and respect, to assist in achieving positive results.

Margy’s role is supporting the assisting the Dignity.EDR team in whatever shape or form that comes in.

On a personal note, Margy enjoys spending time with her family and friends – being a taxi driver for her teenage children is a normal weekend for her! She also enjoys going for walks, tap dancing classes and curling up with a good book or movie.

Ph: 03 7031 4460

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Rhiannon Dunn

Rhiannon is a Legal Personal Assistant here at Dignity.EDR.

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Rhiannon Dunn

Rhiannon is a Personal Assistant at Dignity.EDR. She has over 20 years’ experience in the legal industry, assisting across many areas of law.

Rhiannon enjoys learning new skills and loves the challenges that each individual client and case presents. After close to a decade of running Wills and Probate files as a senior law clerk, Rhiannon was accepted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2022. Her previous experience and Legal Executive membership requires dedication, skill and compassion, which are concepts and values Rhiannon is excited to bring with her to match those at Dignity.EDR.

Outside of work Rhiannon is an accomplished horse trainer and competitor, with two horses of her own. She dotes on her French Bulldog and in her down time loves camping, fishing and motorbike riding… or settling in for the night with a great book.

Ph: 03 7031 4460

rhiannon@dignityedr.com.au

Melissa Eagleton

Melissa is the Practice Manager at Dignity.EDR.  

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Melissa Eagleton

Melissa is the Practice Manager at Dignity.EDR. Having also come across with Barry and Leon from Berger Kordos Lawyers, Melissa has 15 years’ experience in supporting and managing a specialist family law firm.

Melissa’s role involves all aspects of management of the firm, including financial control, accounts, banking and reporting; human resources including staff training/development, resourcing and recruitment; operations, compliance, policies and procedures, equipment and technology; and assisting with marketing and practice development. She credits her organisation, scheduling and list-making skills as her highest-regarding professional attributes.

Personally, Melissa loves her family’s adventures – whether camping and 4WDing around remote areas of Australia or vegetable gardening on her hobby farm – raising her young boys to learn about the great outdoors and sustainability, and she also likes trying to find some quiet time with a good book.

Ph: 03 7031 4460

melissa@dignityedr.com.au