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Mathisha Panagoda

Mathisha Panagoda


Phone: (02) 9291 7134

International Phone: (+61 2) 9291 7134

Location: Sydney


As a talented and experienced musician and supporter of the arts, Mathisha Panagoda, is one of Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ most able entertainment law and intellectual property solicitors. Prior to commencing his legal career, he spent many years performing and touring the world as a concert cellist.

Mathisha has previously served on the board of Australia‘s leading professional vocal ensemble, The Song Company, and worked as a pro-bono lawyer at the Arts Law Centre of Australia. He also runs his own blog about music, entertainment, media law, Intellectual Property and more.

Mathisha acts for a range of clients in compensation law, civil litigation and in the not-for-profit sector. He has also represented clients at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse and handles many related compensation claims.

Mathisha knows that empathy and good communication are as important to clients as excellent technical expertise.

“Being a musician, and running an orchestra like Camerata – which is encouraged at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers – gives me the experience to understand what musicians need from lawyers: someone they trust to decipher the ‘legalese’ and give them practical solutions.”

Key Professional Achievements

  • Mathisha holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • He completed a Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney in 2012 before travelling to New York City to undertake a legal internship at the United Nations.
  • Mathisha joined the firm in 2012 as a law clerk and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2013.
  • He completed his Master of Laws at the University of Sydney in 2017.
  • Mathisha is a board director of the Inner West Cultural Services, a not-for-profit organisation based in Newtown.

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