About us

Donna Abu-Elias – Director, Principal Lawyer

Having worked in private practice and as an in-house general counsel for both commercial builders and residential builders, Donna Abu-Elias founded Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants as she was passionate about the building and construction industry, but as a mother of a child on the Spectrum she needed to design a practice that was flexible for busy mums as well as busy builders and Owners.

Flexibility allows all parties to think outside the normal restrictions, and ensure that the primary focus is on completing the building works as efficiently and without defect, but still having the flexibility to work remotely, over the internet, or in your office/home.

Donna was admitted as a lawyer in April 2004, and before that time was working as a paralegal since 1999. Donna has worked from some of the major volume builders in Australia including Burbank Group, Carlisle Homes and Simonds Group. Donna is also a member of the Housing Industry Association (HIA) IR & Legal Committee, and in 2020 was appointed as the Deputy Chair of this IR & Legal Committee. Donna has completed her Bachelor of Law\Commerce (with Honours) (LaTrobe University), Diploma in Construction Law (Melbourne University) and Foundations of Directorship course (AICD).

Maria Fokianos – Lawyer

Maria graduated from Deakin University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology. Maria was admitted to practice in September 2020 and joined Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants in 2021 as a lawyer.

Prior to joining Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants, Maria worked across multiple practice areas in personal injury law, dealing with public liability claims, medical negligence claims and abuse claims.

Maria is passionate about contributing to the legal profession and the broader community.  Maria is excited to join the Spectrum team as she enjoys the challenges of construction law and helping client achieve their building projects or resolve their disputes.  Maria also finds construction law interesting as it involves various other legal issues as well.

In her spare time Maria enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys travelling (although not much travelling has been done in the past couple of years).

Maria is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

In 2018, Donna established Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants focusing on these three areas

  • Building and construction law –
    • to protect Owners when constructing or maintaining their homes,
    • to assist Builders and/or Owners efficiently resolve building disputes, and
    • work with Builders to develop streamline documented procedures and training to better manage the spectrum of challenges in today’s market.
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney – this is the best way to protect your family and assets.
  • General Counsel Services – providing legal services to your business or organisation.

Our vision, mission and values

Vision: To be Victoria’s most client-centric boutique legal firm specialising in residential construction law

Mission: We strive to offer flexible and personalised legal services to builders, RBPs, contractors and owners with the highest of levels of integrity and honesty

Our Values

Leadership: A truly personalised approach allows us to understand our clients and fight for their desired outcome

Integrity: We are transparent, honest, ethical and fair. We stand up for what is right and our words and actions align

Continuous Improvement: We are driven to constantly evolve as a business, to listen, to be accountable and to grow

Diversity: Always with an open mind, we encourage inclusion and embrace individuality. We believe in the power of being different

Spectrum Coach

To enable us to offer our clients the unique opportunity to receive a full spectrum of services, we work closely with Spectrum Coach.

Spectrum Coach is a unique consultative service designed to teach you the skills you need to run your successful business. Specialising in the new homes industry with a strong focus on all aspects of Sales including strategies, management and workflow. Spectrum Coach will ensure you have the skills and knowledge to make the most out of your team.

After discovering a clear gap in the market, Spectrum Coach was created to provide builders with the tools to sell their homes and effectively manage their workflow. They will coach you and train you in areas you didn’t even know you needed to know.

Learn more here.

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