Grant Renkema LLB
An experienced legal practitioner for over twenty-five years, Alphastream Lawyers’ principal solicitor Grant Renkema would much prefer to be either camping & four-wheel driving in the Victorian high country or, most recently, trying to keep up with the pelotons. He (grudgingly) makes the sacrifice to be front and centre at the office where his commercial, property, litigation and general legal knowledge and experience are second to none.
Katherine Beard BA LLB (Hons)
A writer by trade and lawyer by profession, Katherine Beard is a senior family law solicitor with a love for country escapes. Following many years in publishing as an editor, award-winning senior writer and published history author, Katherine’s busy decade of practicing family law (property and parenting), wills/estates and family violence stands her in good stead as she heads up our Family Law team.
Sarah Verstak LLB
An experienced practitioner of over 18 years, Sarah Verstak’s corporate and senior commercial law background is greatly appreciated at Alphastream. Sarah brings experience at the highest level in trademark and copyright law, contract law and commercial litigation. An author with a passion for travel, Sarah recently cleverly combined both interests by writing a children’s adventure novel.
Rhonda Sandardos LLB
Our resident purple-belted practitioner of karate, Rhonda Sandardos is an experienced litigation and family law solicitor of five years. With a further five years of Kempo karate tucked under her purple belt, Rhonda is currently working towards attaining the elusive and much-prized black version. She brings this same high-level discipline, care and patience to her legal practice.
Deanna Crispino LLB
A problem-solver by nature, Deanna recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2020 from Deakin University. She completed her Practical Legal Training at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law in Melbourne and has attained her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Now unleashed upon the legal profession, Deanna always felt a career in law was her calling given a lifetime of helping others and finding solutions. She looks forward to being of assistance to her clients and finally setting foot in Europe in that magical post-Covid world hopefully on the horizon. In the meantime, Deanna will continue to spoil her beautiful ragdoll cat named Harley and enjoy Melbourne.
The centre of the Alphastream universe is Lauren Lacy, our senior conveyancer and administrative champion of fourteen years, without whom the office would cease to function and the stars fall from the sky. Lauren’s love for music and travel is only exceeded by her notorious chocolate addiction and we continue to provide her with supplies regularly.
Jessica Rezk BA
Since graduating with a degree in criminal justice administration, our receptionist and front office manager Jess has enjoyed travelling the world and working her way through her lengthy ‘bucket list’. A lifelong local, Jess is busily planning her next overseas holiday escape but truly believes seeing the Northern Lights in Canada will be hard to beat. Until then, Jess looks forward to greeting you on arrival at Alphastream.
Barbara Evans – Conveyancing Executive
A long-standing Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria), Barbara is a well-established Conveyancing Executive bringing over 40 years’ legal experience to the team. Her wealth of experience is valued by our clients and Barb prides herself on achieving the best professional outcomes. With her dry ‘barbed’ wit and laser-like focus, Barb is famously fond of travel (dare we say Scotland rates pretty highly), the theatre and fine wine/dining.
Kerrie Fisher – Licensed Conveyancer
Kerrie’s thirty years of practice in the conveyancing arena ensures her clients are offered a wealth of knowledge, experience and support. She first stepped foot in a legal office at the tender age of 16 years and had set up her own conveyancing business by the age of just 25. When not supporting clients with their property purchases during the week, Kerrie (mostly cheerfully) runs a personal Uber service for her high-achieving sporting children at the weekends and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Kari Presant BA (Psychology); BA (Social Work)
Hailing from the Californian sunshine by birth, Kari Presant is an important addition to our Alphastream team. Taking on the onerous task of managing marketing and staff matters, it is generally suspected (by the staff) that Kari draws extensively on her psychology and social work degrees in her day to day role. While a Melbourne local since 2005, Kari has never quite shaken her American accent or love for the beach, with her family’s favourite local haunt being Phillip island.
Rebecka Schenker (Becky)
Our roller-skating queen, Becky is studying first-year law at Deakin University and assists in the office two days per week. Another traveller, Becky’s bucket list includes touring each of the seven continents and we are reliably informed she’s already half-way there with three down and four to go. She has even seen Shakepeare’s old stomping ground The Globe Theatre, lucky duck. Becky enjoys identifying the key argument in a legal matter (an extremely useful skill in this profession) and critiquing the relationship between the law and society. A life-long roller-skater thanks to her family’s involvement, Becky now coaches skating and also loves the theatre, especially musicals.
A third-year law student at Monash University, Hope is building on her love for the legal profession crafted from the strongest of foundations – that is, years of watching crime TV shows (many a lawyer’s entrée to this world it must be said). To her surprise however, in practice she has discovered a love for the (usually but not always) less violent side of the law in torts, equity, trusts and property law. Hope hails from Bellevue, Washington (just outside of rainy Seattle) and moved to Melbourne during her teenage years. When not assisting in the office two days per week, Hope can be found either studying or kicking goals on the soccer field. Her travel dreams notably include treks to Peru and Machu Picchu.
Office cat or dog, or goat
If we had one, we could write about it here. Surely a goat is the most environmentally friendly option, excelling as it would in document shredding. This is a good option for a law firm. And if you like this idea, feel free to tell the boss. (After a number of years, he’s still waiting on a client to, at the end of our engagement, authorize the destruction of their documents via the goat).