Peter is the Principal of Russo Lawyers and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and New South Wales Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. He holds a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. He has been practised as a Solicitor for over 31 years, with particular focus in the area of criminal law. He is a past member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee.
Peter’s legal experience has included working in the Thai legal system, and has given him an understanding of the challenges of doing business in overseas jurisdictions, and the complexity of engaging with foreign legal systems.
He was named the Australian Newspaper’s Australian of the Year in 2007. He has delivered lectures in Australia and overseas on matters related to his work. He has been a member of The Executive Connection ( TEC ) for 11 years and was a delegate at their Washington Conference in 2006.
He has been involved in many high profile cases, including representing Dr Mohamed Haneef in 2007 and 2008. Peter was the Solicitor who represented Khaled Daoed, who was charged with offences resulting out of the ill-fated SIEVX vessels journey to Australia. Peter has also travelled to parts of rural Indonesia to gain first hand knowledge of the Indonesian people’s plight in rural areas.
Throughout Peter’s legal career, he has been committed to providing his clients with quality representation, with a consistent track record of representing his clients fearlessly. He would always listen closely to clients’ concerns and work with them to provide them with the best possible outcome. Peter uses the same skills in his work representing the people in his electorate Toohey. Peter has a solid reputation as having a strong commitment to access to justice, and social fairness.