Portia migrated to Australia in February 2002 and commenced studying at the University of Notre Dame. Portia graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Politics).
Portia has had a very diverse career and, whilst studying, she worked in hospitality. Portia decided to pursue a career related to her Arts degree and, from 2006 to 2008, Portia worked as a Volunteer Research Officer for the Member of Nedlands and eventually her skill and acumen landed her a paid fulltime position as a Research Officer/Electorate Officer. Portia spent some time in the halls of Parliament and gained considerable insight into politics and legislative activities of parliamentarians. Portia remained passionate about the law and volunteered her services to a Family Law firm in 2008.
In 2009, Portia decided to pursue a career in law, and whilst embarking on this journey – which would eventually lead her to practicing exclusively in the area of Family Law – Portia worked for a process serving company, the Department of Attorney General: State Solicitors Office and eventually commenced fulltime employment as a practicing solicitor working in Family Law in February 2012.
Portia holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2011. Portia is currently studying her Masters in Applied Law (majoring in Family Law) with the College of Law.
Portia joined Thomson Family Lawyers in May 2022. Portia practices exclusively in all areas of Family Law, including matters involving property settlement, de facto relationships, spousal maintenance, parenting arrangements and child support. Portia also practices in Family Violence Restraining Orders in the Magistrates Court.
Portia is very enthusiastic and passionate about Family Law and aims to ensure parties resolve matters in a quick and cost-effective manner, taking into consideration each person’s individual needs.
Portia is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia.