Our Team

Michael Moussa is the Principal Lawyer of National Criminal Lawyers and exclusively specialises in Criminal Law. Michael is both a member of the Law Society and also a member of the Criminal Division of the legal aid panel. Michael has worked with some of the best Criminal Law firms in the Country and has obtained outstanding results in what others may describe as some of the most complex of cases. Michael is a renown criminal lawyer for his advocacy skills and putting the prosecution to vigorous testing. Michael’s courtroom style and demonstrated ability to crack even the most compelling witnesses has led to him to be nationally recognised as a fine criminal defence lawyer.

Michael has appeared in high profile criminal cases, including “manslaughter” charges , “Acts of indecency” “Abduction” charges. Appearing daily in the Local Courts, District Courts, Supreme Court of NSW, and the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, Michael is passionate about ensuring that justice is seen and served for all his clients and gains no better satisfaction than winning his cases, regardless of how small or complex the matter is. Michael is a trial advocate who has appeared before a jury and obtained acquittals in a number of supply drug charges.

Michael also specialises in Apprehended Domestic Violence Order applications, parole hearings, NSW Crime Commission proceedings and Coronial Inquests. Some of the best advocates of our time, including Supreme Court Judges and Senior Counsel, have mentored Michael’s rise as a criminal lawyer. He is only one of very limited criminal lawyers in Australia who has completed a Masters in Law (Criminal Practice).

Michael has an Egyptian Australian background and speaks Arabic fluently. He has a large middle eastern clientele in western Sydney. He has a wealth of experience in complex and serious criminal cases, and possesses the skill to digest enormous amounts of material, issue resolve, whilst formulating the best of case strategies that will result in the dismissal of charges and not guilty verdicts. Michael has conducted a number of presentations for advocacy which has allowed him to be a highly-respected courtroom lawyer.

Michael has become an advocate for those mistreated by the police. His passion is helping those who have been made vulnerable and aggrieved by the improper conduct of police during a person’s arrest. He is an advocate who ensures that both the NSW and Federal Police conduct their inquiries within the parameters of the law. He gets no greater pleasure than when a client of his is acquitted and the police are forced to pay their legal costs and then damages in a civil court.

Michael prides himself on providing clear and accurate legal advice, with a careful assessment of each case. He takes pleasure in securing the best possible result for his clients, helping to bring them a step closer to putting their lives back on track. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the criminal field ensuring that all clients are treated fairly during all proceedings. He continues to strive to protect the rights of those who have been accused of criminal offences. Michael is a dedicated, focused and ambitious Criminal Lawyer who is a defender of rights of those charged with Criminal and Traffic offences.

If you wish to get in contact with Michael for a FREE consultation for any of your legal issues, contact National Criminal Lawyer’s office on 02 9893 1889 and our warm and caring administration team will schedule in an appointment that’s suitable to both parties.

Holding a Masters Degree in Criminal Prosecutions, Fouad’s areas of speciality are criminal and traffic law. Fouad regularly conducts difficult and extremely difficult defended hearings, sentences, bail applications and appeals often obtaining outstanding result.

He has successfully defended or mitigated in matters involving murder, commercial drug supply, aggravated kidnapping, dangerous driving occasioning death, aggravated sexual and indecent assault, firearms offences and serious assault matters, both within State and the Commonwealth Jurisdiction.

Admitted as a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, Fouad is passionate about providing high-quality legal advice and guidance to his clients who may be facing serious criminal convictions and embarking into new and unchartered waters. He utilises his communication skills and empathetic approach to guide every client through the legal system, explaining how the law is applicable to them. He is highly respected amongst his peers and also by the judiciary.

Fouad prides himself on listening to and truly engaging with all clients to provide sound legal support and understanding. As an Arabic speaker, he can extend further assistance where needed to clients from diverse backgrounds.

Fouad has appeared in all levels of the criminal court hierarchy, from the Local and District Courts, to the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal. A fearsome courtroom advocate who is respected by Magistrate, Judges, and fellow peers alike, Fouad has established a reputation in the legal profession of professionalism, commitment and diligence.

Fouad has worked as a senior lawyer with some of Australia’s reputable criminal law firms in the senior criminal lawyer roles. He is an integral part of the National Criminal Lawyers® team and he strives to deliver high-quality legal advice to his clients and a high level of commitment to achieve the best outcome for his clients in the circumstances.

If you wish to get in contact with Fouad for a FREE consultation for any of your legal issues, contact National Criminal Lawyers®’s office on 02 9893 1889 and our warm and caring administration team will schedule in an appointment that’s suitable to both parties.

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Tia Herd

Criminal Defence Lawyer (LLB, GDLP)


0413 517 010

Tia is a highly astute criminal defence lawyer with an exceptional record of producing outstanding results in a range of criminal and traffic matters. She regularly appears in courts throughout New South Wales representing clients in matters such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, assault, drug possession or supply, stalk or intimidate, sexual assault, damage property, larceny, fraud, apprehended violence order matters, etc.

Tia also makes a range of applications before the court including bail applications, section 32 applications, and annulment applications.

Tia has an in-depth knowledge of criminal law, practice and procedure making her a fierce advocate. She has achieved phenomenal outcomes in circumstances where the prosecution’s case from the surface may appear strong. Tia is a fighter and will go above and beyond to vigorously defend clients.

Tia often successfully negotiates with the prosecution resulting in charges being withdrawn and dismissed and defended hearings not being required. She has an eye for detail and will critically analyse a brief of evidence in criminal matters, identify deficiencies in the prosecution’s case and develop strategies that can be implemented to achieve the best outcomes.  In some situations, she will even liaise with forensic experts or issue subpoenas if she is of the view it is advantageous to do so. She will leave no stone unturned.

Tia is trusted by her valued clients towards whom she shows great compassion, empathy and understanding. She is committed to providing clients with honest and reasonable advice with respect to their circumstance.

In the court room, Tia has earned respect for her formidable legal knowledge and advocacy skills.  Tia is a very persuasive lawyer that is dedicated to ensuring her preparation for a matter is formulated upon comprehensive research. She acknowledges how life changing a criminal proceeding can be a client and strives to deliver the best possible outcome.

Outside of work, Tia enjoys visiting her family in Queensland. Tia grew up and completed her Bachelor of Laws degree in Queensland before relocating to Sydney. She is one of the few criminal lawyers that have interstate experience.

From a young age she has had an interest in crime. Growing up instead of watching cartoons she enjoyed watching the crime scene investigation (CSI) channel. As she got older it was apparent english and science was her strength at school.

In her second year of university, she took part in the annual mooting competition for her first and only time and was the champion for her advocacy skills. She was then invited to represent the university in a national mooting competition held in South Australia the following year.

Initially she had commenced her undergraduate degree with the intention of becoming a Director of Public Prosecution (‘DPP’) Solicitor. However, in her third year of university she witnessed someone close to her being mistreated by the police and soon realised her calling was to be a criminal defence lawyer. Tia understands the significance of a charge and the implications it can have upon a person’s future.

Tia also enjoys training in the gym and outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming. She has competed as an IFBB athlete at state, national and international level placing in junior and open categories.

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Kyrillos Rizkalla

Criminal Defence Lawyer (LLB, GDLP)



Kyrillos has become a well-respected criminal lawyer and exclusively practices in criminal law. Prior to his admission, Kyrillos was already working with well-known criminal lawyers assisting in high profile cases.
Kyrillos has assisted hundreds of client’s and has obtained fantastic results through his unique skills of police negotiations and courtroom advocacy.
In his previous roles, Kyrillos often ran the office on his own when other solicitors were in Court and has developed a strong work ethic. This broad range of work has given him an insight into all aspects of criminal law.
He is an approachable, intelligent and committed lawyer who always breaks apart cases ensuring best results are always achieved.
Kyrillos has also worked at the Premier’s office completing a wide range of tasks for ministers and government officials. His communication skills are well developed and his extensive experience dealing with authority figures means that no matter who the prosecution may bring, Kyrillos has already experienced someone above them.
He has witnessed police mistreatment of defendants and has developed a passionate and empathetic approach to his clients. This unique approach allows Kyrillos to treat each client as his only one and explains difficult concepts in plain English. This assists clients to understand the matter in every step of the process.

Being from a middle eastern background, he understands various cultures and ethnic backgrounds which allows him to connect with his clients. He brings in a wealth of experience and perspective to National Criminal Lawyers® and as an advocate in every aspect. Kyrillos strives to deliver the best possible outcome, no matter the circumstances.
During his down time, Kyrillos enjoys fishing, reading books and has a passion for always being updated with the recent cases at the highest levels.

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Gandom Mahmodian

Criminal Law Specialist (LLB, GDLP)



Gandom has all the hallmarks of a successful criminal defence lawyer. She has dealt with extremely sensitive criminal matters and handled a wide range of complex criminal matters. This requires a strategic approach which provides a clear sense of direction and purpose towards a specific outcome for her clients. 

Gandom regularly appears in the Local Courts, District Courts and the Supreme Courts of NSW. 

Gandom’s fight for justice and strength of winning the hardest of cases has put Gandom in a stepping stone amongst other criminal lawyers. 

Gandom holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Western Sydney University and has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. Since joining National Criminal Lawyers®, Gandom has achieved fantastic results in some of the most difficult cases. For example, recently Gandom was successful in having 9 charges withdrawn through negotiations with the police over the course of several months. 

Gandom understands how overwhelming the court system can appear to people. She caters to each client individually and with that, provides her clients with a deeper understanding of what is required. Her services are frequently called by clients seeking informative and confidential advice. She has a strong interest in the strategic depth of criminal procedure and the development of client services.    

Gandom has a solid reputation for consistently providing quality advice and representation in criminal law matters for her clients. She has a proven capacity to understand legal and cross-cultural issues that her clients face daily. Some of these clients would notably be the most vulnerable members of our community and adapt when clients have disadvantaged backgrounds that restrict their access to justice. This compassion and warm approach for her clients is something that should not be taken lightly as she is an avid fighter by any means necessary. 

Gandom is committed to assisting clients from different backgrounds who would otherwise find it difficult to access our legal system. Her advocacy is what gives her the name of a highly creditable Criminal Law Specialist at National Criminal Lawyers®.

During Gandom’s downtime she goes for a run, exercises and spends quality time with her family. 

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Thomas Strozek

Criminal Law Specialist (LLB, GDLP)


02 9893 1889

Thomas started his working life in adult education, as a TESOL ( Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages ) teacher. In this capacity he worked in New Zealand, South Korea and Poland.

Over the course of the past several years, Thomas obtained a fond interest in counselling. It was through his counselling career that he obtained Post-Graduate degree in counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). Throughout his time as a counsellor he saw first hand the support needed to help people struggling with addictions such as alcohol and drugs.

Thomas’s interest in criminal law began with the Aboriginal Legal Service(ALS) several years ago, where he was involved in the work a defence criminal lawyer. He came across an array of clients, from similar ethno-socio-cultural backgrounds, all coming with their own problems and looking for help.  Throughout this time, his experience with the ALS enhanced his interest in social justice and human rights. He met clients who, due to their background, were not treated the same as most middle-class, well-educated citizens would. He met clients who were repeated offenders, to whom life of crime was the only kind of life they knew. According to statistics, indigenous people die in police custody at an alarming rate, with approximately 340 having died in prisons and police cells since the 1991 royal commission report. Thomas believes that the lack of progress in this area is ‘mind-blowing’. That is why he has a particular passion for helping the vulnerable and those who have been a victim of the misfortune of injustice.

Thomas has a passion to fight for justice and joined National Criminal Lawyers as a criminal law specialist to fight for those people. He has achieved outstanding results in all Courts, including the local court, the district Court and Supreme Court bail applications. He has outstanding good oral and written communication skills. His attention to detail sets him apart from other lawyers by his determination to always puts his clients first.

Thomas is passionate about criminal law and here is why. He understand that police sometimes do sloppy work and there are many cases where the accused person is not guilty of any crime. He is also astounded by how easily someone can be arrested, charged, and convicted of a crime they haven’t committed. Importantly, too, he fully understand and appreciates through his law experience so far that most of the defendants were good people who simply made a bad choice or mistake and deserved a second chance. He believes that for the rule of law to be upheld in Australia,our government agencies need to be held in check and accountable for their actions.

Thomas believes that as a criminal defence lawyer he can be part of a system that keeps the government in check. With his am passionate help for people to avoid a criminal record that would otherwise follow them for the rest of their lives, Thomas will provide his full attention and devotion to those in need of his help .

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Michael Barsha

Criminal Law Clerk (LLB, GDLP)


0413 863 705

More information to come.

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Mary Jamhour

Criminal Defence Lawyer (LLB, GDLP)


0413 863 705

Mary is just weeks away from her admission as a legal practitioner. Mary holds a Bachelor of Law/Criminology from Western Sydney University and has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. Throughout her years of study, Mary has also attained extensive legal experience, including internships at NSW Local Courts and National Criminal Lawyers®.

Since joining National Criminal Lawyers®, Mary has effectively applied her legal knowledge to practice. She has assisted in the preparation of a wide range of matters and appears regularly in NSW Local Courts. Just recently, Mary assisted in a complex drink driving matter which resulted in a Conditional Release Order (CRO) without conviction. The client was extremely satisfied with the result.

Mary has a passion for interpreting the law and ensuring that justice is achieved. Having been exposed to diverse socio-economic backgrounds in the past, Mary understands that the criminal justice system can be an extremely intimidating process. She believes that every person has the right to be heard in Court and strives to be that voice for many.

Mary is highly regarded for the skill set she brings to a case. An example includes her advanced writing skills which have assisted in negotiations with NSW police and various submissions at Court. Mary has a strong interest in advocating for the client’s rights and ensuring that any form of injustice is brought to light. With a specific passion for Court advocacy, Mary’s ambition is to become a trial advocate and further develop her strategic approach within criminal procedures.

Mary is committed to assisting clients and ensuring that they are guided throughout each stage of the justice system. She has been described as “extremely hardworking”, “intelligent” and “highly supportive”. Mary has also been personally thanked by several clients for her willingness to explain legal processes and continuously update clients on the progress of their matter. For example, an existing client has personally thanked Mary for her transparency, ongoing communication and explanation of forensic reports and certificates when dealing with charges of drug possession.

Mary’s passion for law, attention to detail and pure determination is what differentiates her from other upcoming lawyers.

During Mary’s downtime, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

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