Our Stories

Jeff Stringer

Jeff Stringer

Senior Solicitor

Coming to work at Cooney Lees Morgan was an easy move for me as I already knew there was a great crowd here who were both professional and social. How did I know this? Well, I had been working (successfully!) with them for a number of years in my previous role as a Commercial Banker at Westpac. Since I joined the team I’ve enjoyed growing into my role

Cameron Russell

Cameron Russell

Solicitor

My connection to Cooney Lees Morgan goes back to my first job fresh out of law school. I had returned to the Bay of Plenty at the height of the recession and figured my best approach was to ‘hit the streets.’ I knocked on the door, begged for a job and was lucky enough to spend the next two years learning the ropes as a juni

Sue Watson

Sue Watson

Trust Accounting Administrator - Debt Collections

The thing I enjoy most about working at Cooney Lees Morgan is the huge variety of people (and opinions) that exist in the firm. Once you really get to know the people here and what they’re interested in outside of work, the diversity is astounding. However, despite this we all work extremely well together.

We have a great social club of which

Karen Middleweek

Karen Middleweek

Receptionist

After returning to New Zealand from the UK, I contacted several law firms in the Bay looking for an employment opportunity.  I had recently finished a legal secretary course through Pitmans and was keen to put the theory into action. Cooney Lees Morgan offered me a position as receptionist with a chance to move into a legal secretary role in the future

Scott Goodwin

Scott Goodwin

Partner

On the 1st of April 2016 I became a partner at Cooney Lees Morgan. I’m stepping into this new role with great excitement and anticipation – which is mostly due to the great people I get to work with at this firm. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team here at Cooneys.

One of the main reasons I accepted partnership at Cooney Lees Morga

Alesha Evetts

Alesha Evetts

Senior Solicitor

I always used to say that when I grew up, I was going to be a doctor or a lawyer. As I finished secondary school, I was no closer to figuring out if it was going to be medicine or the law. I decided to find a job in a law firm, get some hands-on experience and see if the law was for me.

I started off as the office junior at Cooney Lees Morgan in 200

Julie Warburton

Julie Warburton

Legal-Executive

12 years ago my husband and I left Auckland to fulfil our dream of living in the country. We now have a comfortable ‘country’ home on 15 acres just out of Tauranga, which has allowed me the opportunity to indulge my passion for horses. It really has been a dream come true for me.

I used to ride in childhood but living in the big smoke fo

Tania Waikato

Tania Waikato

Solicitor

Because Cooney Lees Morgan was such a good place to work the first time around, it was my first choice when I found myself back in Tauranga. The ‘work/life balance’ here is not just a catchy promo line – it really is part of the firm culture. The other thing I always respected about the firm is the deeply rooted sense of community responsi

Mary Hill

Mary Hill

Associate

When Matt and I moved from Auckland to Tauranga ten years ago, a key objective was to start a family. I was confident I could find a firm where I could spend lots of time with my (yet to be created) children while still maintaining a challenging professional life and not treading water. 

I knew I didn't want a standard part-time experience.

Murray Denyer

Murray Denyer

Partner

I came to the Bay of Plenty from Wellington in 2003 to take up a role as Zespri's chief in-house legal counsel. I wasn’t familiar with Tauranga or the Mount, so it definitely helped that on the day of my job interview when I left Wellington, it was cold, wet and of course windy - but sunny and warm when I got off the plane here!

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Samantha Curtis

Samantha Curtis

Senior Solicitor

Our move to Tauranga came about because my husband Scott decided he wanted to become a PGA Professional Golfer. We hadn’t planned to move out of Auckland but when a job came up at Tauranga Golf Club we decided to jump at the chance for Scott to follow his dream.

I’m in the White Ferns Training Squad so moving to Tauranga has provided me

Sally Powdrell

Sally Powdrell

Partner

I joined the firm back in the early 1980s. I’ve had many opportunities to become involved in new areas of the law, and being able to constantly refresh and extend my skills has meant I’ve had a very fulfilling career while staying with the same firm.

I’ve always been grateful for the incredible mentoring and training I received in