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About Us


We help businesses and law firms navigate challenges, optimize resources and relationships,
and grow.

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We are an incorporated legal practice registered in New South Wales and consulting business founded by Damien Sullivan. (LLB, BAppSC (EAM), GradDip Applied Corporate Governance). Damien has invested 25 years as a lawyer in Australia and the United States, with deep c-suite experience, building and leading multinational teams.  While comfortable in large and small organizations, Damien understands the unique needs and challenges of start-up and growth-stage businesses and is energised by using his expertise to help those businesses reach their goals. This sets Cognetic apart.

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Damien M Sullivan - 

Cognetic Legal and Consulting 

Beginning his career in multi-national law firms in Sydney and New York, Damien moved to senior in-house roles in international businesses in 2004: a senior lawyer in financial services in Sydney, General Counsel of an iconic company in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, and for the last 8 years Group General Counsel of a multi-national ASX Listed company headquartered in Sydney.

He has deep expertise in all aspects of corporate legal matters including complex M&A, financing, regulatory interactions, and advising CEOs and boards. He has astute commercial acumen and has been a Director of a $2 billion joint venture with operations in Asia, Middle East and Australasia.


Damien is also a leader in legal operations and technology deployment. He has personally led organisation wide implementation of legal technology solutions across matter management, document management, e-billing and other solutions.

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Cognetic serves both law firms and commercial clients.

We deliver tailored client engagement reviews and consulting for law firms. For businesses we provide corporate and commercial legal advice and fractional general counsel services for startups, SMEs and corporate clients, and legal operations and other consulting services to help in-house legal teams succeed.  


Pragmatic corporate, commercial, contractual legal services delivered in a range of highly flexible models, including fractionalized General Counsel services. Meeting the corporate legal needs of startups, founders and growing small and medium businesses. Project or transactional work for larger corporates.


We offer advisory services in two focus areas: 
1) Helping Law Firms build more rewarding client relationships
2) Legal operations and in-house legal team consulting services to help in-house teams work in more satisfying and effective ways and deliver results for their internal clients. 


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“Our experience as both a buyer and seller of legal services can help your business prepare for challenges, meet its goals and thrive.” 

Damien M. Sullivan, Founder 

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