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Victoria-Jane Otavski

Managing Partner


+61 (02) 8005 3077



Sydney, Australia

Level 30, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

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About Victoria-Jane

Victoria-Jane is one of Australia's premier litigators, renowned and highly respected for her extensive experience and expertise in commercial litigation, employment law, defamation law, and regulatory law. With over 20 years of practice, she has become the first point of contact for many of Australia's well-known, high-profile corporations and individuals seeking exceptional legal representation across a broad range of legal issues.

Victoria-Jane has consistently been recognised as one of Australia's leading litigators. In 2024, she was honored as one of Australia's top 10 Litigation Partners by the Partner of the Year Awards. Additionally, she has been recognised by Best Lawyers as one of Australia's leading Media & Defamation Lawyers for both 2023 and 2024.

Her deep understanding of the complexities of commercial law, employment law, defamation law, and regulatory law, combined with her ability to balance client interests in achieving vindication and managing reputational concerns, has solidified Victoria-Jane's position as a leading legal authority in Australia. Her unique combination of broad general practice experience and specialized practice areas allows her to provide strategic, holistic legal services to clients, whether they are involved in commercial disputes, employment matters, defamation cases, or regulatory investigations.

As a trusted advisor for both employers and employees, Victoria-Jane is renowned for her specialist expertise in employment and workplace law. In addition, her extensive experience in defamation law has made her the go-to legal representative for high-profile individuals seeking assistance with harmful online publications or other defamation cases.

Victoria-Jane's expertise in ASIC proceedings and her ability to understand the complex legal and business dynamics involved in her practice areas make her an invaluable asset to her clients. As one of Australia's premier litigators, she is dedicated to providing expert legal representation and advice on commercial and regulatory matters, as well as helping clients navigate the challenges posed by regulator investigations.


At BlackBay Lawyers, our passion for excellence transcends beyond immediate results. I am proud to lead a team of exceptional legal professionals who are committed to creating long-lasting partnerships with our clients. Our comprehensive ecosystem of support is designed to foster resilience and sustainable growth, while our tech-enabled approach enables us to provide innovative and tailored solutions. We are more than just a law firm; we are a trusted partner in our clients' journey towards success.

- Victoria-Jane Otavski, Managing Partner at BlackBay Lawyers

Practice Focus

Victoria-Jane, a leading Australian litigation lawyer, excels in key litigation areas:

  • Commercial Litigation & Class Actions

  • Defamation Litigation & Reputation Management for high-profile individuals

  • Regulatory Litigation & Proceedings

  • Employment & Workplace Disputes & Litigation


  • Multinational corporations and executives: Assisting in high-stakes commercial litigation involving contract disputes, business torts, shareholder disagreements, and trade secret misappropriation, with a focus on achieving favorable outcomes in Supreme, Federal, and Appellate Court proceedings.

  • High-profile individuals and celebrities: Providing expert representation in defamation cases, including libel, slander, and online defamation, while offering strategic guidance on reputation management, privacy protection, and crisis communication.

  • Major corporations and financial institutions: Navigating regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by ASIC, ACCC, and other regulators, addressing allegations of market misconduct, insider trading, breaches of the Corporations Act, and competition law violations.

  • High-net-worth individuals: Successfully representing clients in a complex $985 million claim in the mining sector. Leveraging extensive litigation experience, including negotiation and mediation, to effectively manage the case across multiple jurisdictions and achieve a favorable resolution for the client.

  • Employers and senior executives: Handling complex employment litigation involving executive compensation disputes, wrongful termination claims, non-compete and non-solicitation disputes, and whistleblowing retaliation cases across various courts and alternative dispute resolution processes.

  • Leading technology and media companies: Advising on intellectual property litigation, including copyright and trademark infringement cases, domain name disputes, and patent litigation, with a focus on safeguarding valuable assets and defending clients' rights in court.

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