Michael Gorton

Michael
Gorton AM

Principal

Michael is an experienced commercial lawyer with a focus on the health sector. Michael's clients benefit from his practical and commercial approach. Through his association with peak industry bodies and his position on numerous boards, Michael keeps abreast of developments in his area of practice and is often asked to address public and private companies and government and non-government organisations. Michael was named Best Lawyers’ 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” for Health and Aged Care Law. He was also recognised by Best Lawyers' in 2014 - 2018 for expertise in Health and Aged Care Law and Corporate/Governance Practice.

Experience

  • Providing commercial, contract law and mergers and acquisitions advice for corporate businesses
  • Advising on corporate and clinical governance matters
  • Acting for a range of public and private companies and businesses and for a number of government and non-government organisations
  • Advising and acting for the health sector, including in relation to the regulation of health professionals, complaint handling (AHPRA/Health Services Commissioner), advising on medico-legal issues and other administrative and regulatory claims
  • Chairing the Expert Panel to review the Health Services Commissioner's legislation and has written extensively on medico-legal matters
  • Providing expert advice to medical organisations and health related bodies in relation to health research projects, privacy, qualified privilege and other commercial issues
  • Advising not-for-profit organisations (including large peak bodies) on major constitution reforms
  • Advising State and Local Government on a range of information technology procurements

Leadership

  • Chair, Alfred Hospital
  • Board Member, Ambulance Victoria
  • Member, Order of Australia
  • Chair, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers 2014 - 2018 for expertise in Health and Aged Care Law and Corporate/Governance Practice
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers as 2013 Best Lawyer for Health and Aged Care Law in Victoria
  • Awarded Paul Baker Prize, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Awarded Pro Bono - Metro Practitioner,  Promoting Law in the Public Interest
  • Awarded Certificate of Service, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Awarded Outstanding Service, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Former Board Member, Melbourne Health (Royal Melbourne)
  • Former Board member, Melbourne Primary Care Network Board (PHN)
  • Former Board member, The Australian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Former Chair, Ministerial Patient Safety Advisory Committee
  • Former Deputy Chair and Board Member, Russell Kennedy Lawyers (2011-2017)
  • Former Chair, Patient Review Panel - Department of Health, Victoria
  • Former President, International Alliance of Law Firms
  • Former Chair and Board Member, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (1994–1999)(2009–2012)
  • Former Chair, Victorian Biotechnology Ethics Advisory Committee
  • Former Chair, Infertility Treatment Authority/Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (2002–2010)
  • Former National President, Greening Australia (1998–2000)
  • Former National Secretary and Former Victorian President, United Nations Association of Australia (1980–1990)
  • Former Inaugural Co-Chair, Reconciliation Victoria Incorporated (2000–2003)