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Michael Gorton AM


Michael is an experienced commercial lawyer with a focus on the health sector and is currently a Principal and Partner of Russell Kennedy Lawyers. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce and has over 35 years' experience in legal practice. Michael was named Best Lawyers' 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Health and Aged Care Law and was also recognised by Best Lawyers' in 2014 - 2018 for expertise in Health and Aged Care Law and Corporate/Governance Practice. He publishes widely in health and legal association journals and is often asked to address public and private companies and government and non-government organisations.

Michael has extensive governance experience and currently chairs the board of Alfred Health and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. He is also a board member at Ambulance Victoria and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Previously, he has been a member of numerous health agency boards, professional associations and community organisations and has served as chair of major committees and expert panels. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Taxation Institute of Australia and is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He was made a Member in the Order of Australia in 2004. Michael joined Holmesglen's Board in August 2017.