Lisa Leong, is a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills and has combined a successful career in law with her passion for radio, both here and in the UK.
Lisa attended Ormond College at Melbourne University where she studied Science/Law and joined law firm Freehills upon graduation in 1996. She worked as an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer, and became the lead lawyer in the e-commerce division of the ANZ bank.
Work in New York and London as a technology lawyer followed and during her time in London, Lisa began volunteering at various hospital radio stations. Through determination and perserverance, Lisa found work on commercial radio and suspended her legal work for a time to devote herself to her passion for radio. She eventually decided to pursue a career in radio and took up a place in the radio broadcasting course at the Australian Film and Radio School in Sydney.
This lead to a fulfilling radio career on both the ABC and on commercial stations on the Gold Coast, Adelaide and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. After the birth of her daughter, Lisa returned to Melbourne to her old law firm Freehills, where, drawing on her special career experiences, she brings a fresh approach to proactive client collaborations as a Client Development and Pursuits leader.
Her love of broadcasting has not diminished however and she sits on the on the Australian Board of international children’s charity, Radio Lollipop, which provides radio and play services for sick children in hospital, and was previously on the ABC Advisory Council. She is a Board Director of Radio Lolllipop which operates at Monash Children's Hospital in Clayton.
Lisa is also a very keen cyclist who rides with other corporate women, raising money for children’s charities.