Alumni finalists in Hughes-Castell Life Achievement Award

20 July 2010

Congratulations to alumni Danny Gilbert (LLB 1973), Frank Zipfinger (LLB 1977, LLM 1987) and Bob Baxt, AO (BA 1959, LLB 1963) on being finalists for the Hughes-Castell Life Achievement Award.

The award is part of the inaugural 2010 Lawyers Weekly Icon Awards.

The awards showcase the best legal individuals and legal teams who can prove a commitment to best practice, leadership, innovation and community participation.

Danny Gilbert (LLB 1973)

Gilbert + Tobin co-founder and managing partner Danny Gilbert is a good representation of the calibre of the finalists for the Life Achievement Award, recently being listed as one of Sydney's top 100 most influential people in The Sydney Morning Herald's (sydney) Magazine. Gilbert's vision and determination to engender change and shake-up the corporate legal status quo has seen him become one of the most talked about lawyers in the country, with Gilbert + Tobin increasingly growing in size and stature. Gilbert has pioneered the firm's pro bono and corporate social responsibility programs, which he established in 1992, and his personal commitment to community service provides a good example of the difference a lawyer and firm can make in the community.

Frank Zipfinger (LLB 1977, LLM 1987)

Finalist Frank Zipfinger's contribution to the legal profession spans more than 30 years. A highly regarded partner in Mallesons Stephen Jaques' property group, Zipfinger has been instrumental in enhancing community welfare and alleviating poverty as a champion for charity and community initiatives. Throughout his career he has provided guidance to a number of lawyers and has demonstrated strong leadership as a board member and most recently as chair of the Mallesons Community Board.

Bob Baxt, AO (BA 1959, LLB 1963)

Freehills partner Bob Baxt remains an active member at the firm at the age of 72, combining an impressive commercial CV with a long list of academic and public accomplishments. The Harvard graduate joined the faculty of economics at the University of Sydney in 1966 teaching commercial law. Eventually he went on to become a professor of law at Monash University in 1972 and then Dean in 1980. Baxt also served as the chairman of the Trade Practices Commission (now the ACCC) between 1988-91. In 2004 Baxt joined Freehills as a partner and continued to provide leadership in the competition law area while continuing to contribute published work and act as a mentoring. Recognised for his contribution to the profession with an Order of Australia in 2003, Baxt says he has enjoyed his life as a teacher and partner.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, 5th August 2010

Contact: Greg Sherington

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