Our Team

Michael Moussa is the Principal Lawyer of National Criminal Lawyer 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 as 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.

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John Semaan

Criminal Law Specialist (LLB, GDLP)



John is a senior lawyer at National Criminal Lawyers®. John’s experience in the criminal law field is second to none. John has a face that is well known to most Magistrates in NSW in all Court jurisdictions.

John has obtained non-convictions for clients who have been charged with very serious offences including supply charges, firearm possession and assault charges.

When John completed his Practical Legal Training locally he focused predominantly in the field of advocacy which has given him extensive knowledge of the rules of evidence and court procedures.

John is quite knowledgeable, and his strongest passion is ensuring the facts of each case, along with the law that stems from that particular case.

Since joining National Criminal Lawyers®, John has had carriage of several high-profile cases and has achieved unprecedented results, for example withdrawal of serious sexual assault criminal allegations for one of his clients and getting bail for importation offences. John sets a high benchmark by constantly achieving non-conviction results for his clients in the Local Court. He does this through his unique art of persuading Magistrates and Judges.
It is clear to John people are always facing obstacles and pressures which leads to bad choices. A prime example includes those who commit offences whilst suffering a mental condition or those who lack capacity to understand their actions.
Why John is an ambitious criminal lawyer is quite simple; he loves his work. John is a strong believer in the law and the fight for justice. He believes that one must be held accountable for their actions but at the same time, everyone deserves a second chance.
It is in these moments that John believes the law should assist an individual to stand firm and proud rather than prey on their vulnerability. There is no greater pleasure than having a a charge dismissed for John. He believes that every person is entitled a “second chance”
John is a young, approachable, and most importantly, diverse individual. Coming from a Lebanese background, John can connect with clients through his ethnic, cultural, and religious awareness. John is a gentleman who takes the time to listen to your problems and provide the best solution available in plain language.
Outside of the law John spends his time reading and playing a variety of sports such as soccer.

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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 sometimes 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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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 firm on his own when other solicitors were in Court and has developed a solid work ethic. The broad range of work had 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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Enis Erdem

Criminal Law Intern (LLB, GDLP)



Enis is one of our newly appointed and passionate Criminal Law Interns. Enis has spent his time during university working in several different fields, including Community Legal Centres, Legal Aid and non-for-profit centres. His passion for Criminal law is reflected in his work ethic.

Throughout university, Enis worked directly with Criminal Lawyers and picked up on skills that would eventually make him a great criminal lawyer. He our firms go to person when conducting research and he has fundamentally changed his perspective on our justice system and in turn has become a strong advocate for rehabilitation.

Enis has worked in legal and other boutique criminal defence firms to further his skills and knowledge.

Enis is young, passionate and well-mannered which works in line with his clients. He comes from a Turkish Background and grew up in a social-disadvantaged community so understands the importance of culture and community ties. Enis continues to demonstrate his passion for the law and to ensure justice is achieved for the most vulnerable members of the community.

Outside the law, Enis spends his time enjoying training and has been playing Indoor Soccer for almost 15 years.

Thomas Strozek

Thomas Strozek

Criminal Law Specialist (LLB, GDLP)


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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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