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John-Anthony Hodgens

principal lawyer, employment, safety and migration

meet John-Anthony

about John-Anthony

brisbane office +61 7 3235 0435
legal secretary: rachael davis +61 7 3235 0479

about John-Anthony

John-Anthony (JA) is passionate about delivering ‘no nonsense solutions’ for workplace issues faced by employers, local government organisations and executives alike.

Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Recommended Employment and Workplace Health and Safety lawyer, JA is a trusted advisor for an array of clientele in the construction, medical, transport, health, government, resources, manufacturing, education and retail sectors.

His work for the past 20 years has been in employment and safety law, but he credits his prior military training for providing him with the strong critical problem solving and strategic thinking skills, which he combines with his knowledge of the law, to fashion the delivery of practical solutions.

CEOs and HR Directors recognise JA as being the ‘go to guy’ with the ability to work seamlessly with existing operational and line management teams. He has been acclaimed by clients for his “frank and fearless” approach to representing and protecting his clients’ commercial interests.”

Macpherson Kelley in Queensland is a pre-qualified Local Buy supplier of Legal Services (LB311).

Areas of Expertise

  • Compliance and governance
  • Crisis response management
  • Employment
  • Human resources training
  • Industrial disputes
  • Management and conduct of investigations
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Restraint litigation
  • Restructures


  • Construction
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Resources
  • Retail
  • Transport

additional qualifications

certificate four, training and assessment
certified icams lead investigator, construction and rail


doyle’s guide, recommended lawyer, employer representation, 2023 & 2024

recommended employment lawyer

best lawyers, recognised for employee benefits law, 2024

doyle’s guide, recommended lawyer, workplace health and safety guide, 2018-2020

doyle’s guide, leading lawyer, employment law, 2018