MR ADRIAN D’AMICO

Head, Defence Legal Division, Department of Defence.

Adrian is Head of Defence Legal in the Department of Defence. Inthis role he is responsible for an integrated national in-house legal servicestaffed by ADF and APS personnel. This consists of a group of about 250permanent staff and 380 Reserve Legal Officers, who serve in over 50 differentsites, in Commands, bases and units across Australia, as well as overseas,including on deployment. Most permanent legal staff are ADF officers and mostof the Division’s members are located outside Canberra. 

Adrian was appointed as Head Defence Legal on
06 November 2018.

He completed a BEC/LLB (Hons) in 1988 at the Australian National University before joining private practice. Adrian spent 23 years in private practice, where he was a partner in two of Australia’s major private firms. Adrian joined the Department of Defence in August 2012. From 2000 to 2007, Adrian was a Canberra Partner of Phillips Fox, which later became DLA Piper, and from 2007 to 2012 he was a Senior Partner with Deacons. When Deacons merged with the private international law firm Norton Rose, Adrian became head of the Canberra Office.

Adrian joined the Australian Public Service in the Department of Defence in 2012 when he was appointed Assistant Secretary Defence General Counsel.

Adrian is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Through the use of ADR he has resolved a number of complex high profile disputes. In 2009 Adrian was awarded a CDF Commendation in successfully remediating a disputed Defence contract.

Adrian has two children, Dorothea and Dorian. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, fishing, cinema, the outdoors and coaching his children’s soccer teams.