We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our lawyers have a history of achieving success for their clients.

Ethical    |    Firm but fair    |    Efficient

Sam Cohen


Sam has a wealth of legal knowledge and experience which, combined with her unique insight into the corporate world in both small and big business, enables her to provide clients with someone who understands how their business works and is able to resolve matters effectively and efficiently.

Before joining a large regional firm in which Sam quickly elevated through the ranks to Partner, Sam spent 15 years’ experience in the building and construction, mining and civil engineering industries. That, combined with her innate ability to seize upon legal issues and get to the heart of a matter quickly, make Sam a formidable opponent.

Sam brings a commercial approach to her practice, aimed at giving her clients sound professional advice focused on the need for a timely resolution. Sam’s experience is in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes, debt recovery, building and construction, equity, insolvency, planning and environment, land disputes, consumer law, defamation, estate litigation, subcontractor’s charges and Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payments) Act matters.

Sam harbours a specific interest in building and construction industry disputes. She has instructed in the High Court in relation to a matter under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004, in which the application of that legislation to mining leases was considered. Her client was successful in opposing the application for leave to appeal.

Current Affiliations:

  • Chair of the Queensland Law Society Construction and Infrastructure Committee
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
  • Deputy Chair Construction & Infrastructure Law Committee Law Council of Australia
  • Member of the James Cook University External Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Selectability Governance Committee
  • Treasurer of Angel-Paws Inc
  • Member Rotary International
  • Co-Host of the podcast HELD TO ACCOUNT
  • Sessional lecturer James Cook University
  • Past President of the North Queensland Law Association
  • Past President of the Townsville District Law Association

Melanie Richards


Melanie joined Cohen Legal in early 2019, practising in the area of employment and commercial law. Melanie assists clients in moving their businesses and their lives forward in a positive direction.

Her passion and interest for employment law stems from her human rights background and the desire to help people understand and protect their rights and obligations. Melanie helps businesses and individuals across all areas of employment law, including reviewing and drafting contracts, workplace policies, advising on restraints of trade, compliance with workplace laws and modern awards coverage and much more.
She is also passionate about working closely with her commercial clients to assist them to establish and grow their businesses while mitigating their risks by offering commercial, timely and cost effective solutions.

Sarah Alsarrage


As a recently admitted legal practitioner, Sarah has hit the ground running while working closely with Cohen Legal’s principal Sam Cohen on commercial litigation matters.

Since joining the team, Sarah has eagerly built her skillset and continues to do so.

Having previously volunteered her time in community legal services, Sarah is motivated to continue to assist clients with their business ventures and resolve litigation issues as efficiently as possible.

Sharyn Bolton


Sharyn has been with Cohen Legal since 2017 and brings with her over 30 years’ experience in the legal industry, primarily working in conveyancing.

Sharyn understands that buying and selling any property can be quite a stressful time for clients. Sharyn provides excellent service to our clients, taking the time to ensure they fully understand the process and are at ease every step of the way.
Sharyn prides herself on her good communication skills and the rapport she builds with her clients in both residential and commercial conveyancing.

Dannielle Peckett

Administration Supervisor

Dannielle joined Cohen Legal in 2020. With over 16 years in office administration experience in varying fields including aviation, accounting and retail.

Danni brings with her a love for new tasks and challenges. Danni supervises our administration team and manages the logistics of our Townsville, Mount Isa and Brisbane branches.
Danni has built a great rapport will her team members and our clients alike. Her outstanding administrative skills and attention to detail are a vital part of our business and her fun loving personality has made her a favourite in our office. Danni is our first point of contact with clients who appreciate her warmth and personality and sheer ability to get things done. When not at work you’ll find her at home playing with her French Bulldog, Dixie.

Alex Woods

Office Administrator

Alex joined the Cohen Legal team in 2020, with an aspiration of working within the legal industry from a young age.

Originally a Mount Isa girl, Alex’s passion for law began during her final years of schooling, and she is now studying her third year of Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University. Alex has also studied a year of Business, starting off her studies with a dual degree of Bachelor of Law/Business majoring in Economics.
Alex made the decision to focus on Bachelor of Laws and is aiming to complete her Business Degree in the future. Striving for success, Alex hopes that getting her foot into the legal industry as an undergraduate will lay a strong foundation for her legal career. Alex enjoys her role and the opportunity to gain an insight into the legal industry throughout the duration of her degree. Alex is hoping to one day provide legal services to Indigenous remote communities, which stems from her indigenous background.

Download our Capability Statement