“Be fair and reasonable, give maximum effort and show compassion to your fellow man.”
Tom Stodulka has been a lawyer for 30 years having graduated in Law at Sydney University in 1974. He is a specialist mediator, conciliator and victim-offender conference convenor. In addition to a career as a legal officer in the Navy he has worked for a number of diverse organisations including the NSW Public Trustee, the Legal Aid Division of the NSW Law Commission, the NT Attorney General’s Department and the Federal Merit Protection and Review Agency. As the Director of the Naval Legal Services in 1993 -1994, he introduced the philosophy of mediation as an alternative to litigation to assist complainants and the Royal Australian Navy to attain early resolution of harassment claims against the Commonwealth.
Tom was announced as 2019 Mediator of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards in May 2019, and in 2021 was also recognised in the Queen’s Honours List for ‘significant service to the law, and to mediation and dispute resolution’.