Our Team

We are a dedicated team, committed to helping people make the most of all situations and business opportunities and managing the risks involved.

Tom Portelli

Tom Portelli was admitted to practice in 1964 after completing his law degree at Melbourne University. He commenced practising in 1965 and has been practicing from the same premises since that date.

From the time he commenced practice, he was for a number of years, a Senior Teaching Fellow at Monash University Law School. His professional career has seen him become a Registered Tax Agent (1983) as well as a Notary Public.

Tom has been serving Clayton and the Community only as a Solicitor, but also as a member of the Clayton Rotary Club.

Tom has extensive experience in litigation, including all civil litigation in the Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates Court. Further, he has a proven history of good results in the Magistrates Court in relation to Criminal offences.

Tom has considerable experience in Wills and Probate Matters, Commercial business (sales and acquisitions) Commercial Leases, Conveyancing (Sales and Purchases), and all property law matters, including strata subdivisions and other applications involving the Land Titles Office.

Toms approach is pragmatic, with an aim for a resolution that is the most effective, and the least expensive to his clients.

His expertise, experience and knowledge is validated by his large client base, that all rely on his valued advice.

Guy Messina

With a professional career commencing in 1978, Guy has gained considerable experience both as a specialist family lawyer, having gained accreditation as a Family Law Specialist from the Law Institute of Victoria in 1989, and also as a general litigation lawyer.

Guy is recognised by clients for whom he acts as having an outstanding ability to understand and recognise their legal needs and to accomplish results for them, speedily and with a minimum of legal expense.

His no nonsense approach to legal problems, focuses on finding ways to resolve disputes rather than prolong them, with results often accomplished without Court Intervention.
His advice is valued and sought after not only in family law matters but also by many corporate and small business clients, whom he advises across a range of legal issues.

He is readily accessible and approachable and is committed to providing quality service and advice for your particular problem. You will find his advice and understanding of your legal problem invaluable.

David D'Orazio

David was admitted to practice in 1998 after completing is Articled Clerkship with Portelli and Co.

After completing his Articles, David spent time in the United Kingdom gaining invaluable experience as a Trademark Attorney in a large Trademark Law firm.

After rejoining Portelli & Co in 2002, David has been registered as an Accredited Migration Agent, and has an in depth knowledge and experience in this area of the law. He has an ability to be able to relate to his clients and put them at ease. Such an ability has been appreciated.

Apart from these particular areas of interest, David is also experienced and has developed an impressive array of clients in many areas of law, including property and commercial law and personal injury claims.

Davids clients benefit from his dedication and commitment to resolving their particular legal issue. David is very personable, and he takes the time to listen to his clients to find the best possible solution to any problem.