Jenni Lightowlers

Managing Partner 

B. Hon Doc, LLM, LLB(Hons), BA, Dip Ed (UWA) 


Jenni is a highly experienced strategist, managing partner of FAL, and Executive Dean of Faculty at Deakin University. Prior to establishing FAL, Jenni worked for the CSIRO and Allens Linklaters (as it is now known). 

Jenni is one of Australia’s leading authorities on establishing research entities such as industry growth and innovation centres, Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). She is also recognised as a leading lawyer in the life sciences (health, biosecurity, biotechnology, and medical devices), commercial and intellectual property sectors.  

Acting as a long term and trusted Counsel to her clients, Jenni frequently provides support and advice to a wide range of companies, not-for-profits and charities. With extensive commercial experience, Jenni advises ASX listed entities on mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and advisory services for intricate transactions. Over the last two decades, Jenni has advised on some of the most complex Australian technology and R&D projects, including the CSIRO ARIES satellite project.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intellectual property (IP) 
  • ACCC, ACNC and ASIC legislation and regulations
  • Commercial contracts & agreements 
  • Commercialisation & licensing 
  • Competition & consumer law 
  • Corporate structuring / transition plans 
  • Corporate governance, board advisory & compliance
  • Cyber law & data protection
  • Defence
  • Government 

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Legal Services Admission Committee
  • One of two appointed representative, Council of Australian Law Deans
  • Vice Chair, Australian Legal Services Standards Committee   
  • Appointed representative, Council of Australian Law Deans  
  • Council Executive, Australian Law Deans  
  • Elected professorial representative, Deakin University Academic Board  
  • Director, Australian American Education Leadership Foundation Ltd (AAELF)  
  • Founder, Shared Table Inc, a not-for-profit community group of women 
  • Director, HEARnet Ltd 
  • Director, International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) Ltd  
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors Dean of Law, Deakin University, Victoria
  • Chairperson, Director and Company Secretary to a number of entities
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors 

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognised for Excellence in Client Service for the Health & Life Sciences Sector in Australia – 2015
  • International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards
  • IAM Licensing 250: World’s leading patent & technology licensing lawyers