The Hon Helen Mary Joan ROFE

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 12.07.2021
Location: Melbourne

Other Commissions/Appointments:
Copyright Tribunal - Deputy President

Justice Rofe was appointed to the Federal Court on 12 July 2021.

Justice Rofe graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science in 1988, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in 1992 and a Master of Laws in 1995. Justice Rofe was admitted as a legal practitioner to both the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 1993 and began her career as a solicitor at Sly & Weigall (now Deacons). She practised as Special Counsel at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens) from 1994 and commenced as a Senior Associate at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) in 2000. 

Justice Rofe was called to the Bar in 2001, taking silk in 2014. At the Bar, she specialised in science and technology related matters. She has significant experience in representing clients in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, mining, and manufacturing industries.

Justice Rofe was Junior Vice President of the Victorian Bar Council in 2021 and was the President of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand from 2007 to 2009.

Associateship applications

Justice Rofe is currently accepting applications for an Associate to commence in late August 2023.

Applicants should be admitted to practice.

Applications should include a cover letter, a brief curriculum vitae, and a university transcript. Applications should be emailed to associate.rofej@fedcourt.gov.au.

Updated 31 May 2023

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