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Erin Brokovich | Shine Lawyers

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich is a proud ambassador for Shine Lawyers and has been working with us to right wrong since 2007. She is renowned for her courageous work as an environmental crusader, advocate for the people and champion of truth.


The film “Erin Brockovich” turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing her unwavering determination to stand up for what she believes in and relentlessly pursue those who have a been wronged. It is the same values that Erin shares with Shine Lawyers that has inspired her to join forces with our team and ensure Australians get the justice they deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

The partnership between Shine Lawyers and Erin Brockovich officially launched in 2007 and for the past decade she has been our proud Ambassador, working with us to right wrong.

Erin is based in California, USA and is an ambassador for the firm, championing causes that would not always be heard. She does not work day to day on cases for Shine Lawyers but prefers to leave this to those with experience and expertise in Australian and State laws.

We’ve been standing up for the rights of everyday Australians for over 40 years. All our lawyers are hardworking, straight talking people who always stand up for the little guy. Much like Erin, what drives us is the opportunity to make our clients’ lives better and right wrong.

We also have our own in-house crusader, Stephen Roche. One of his cases was immortalised in the movie Don’t Tell. It is the story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school and is based on true events that changed Australian child protection laws.

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Because they get it. Shine care about people; they have families of their own. They respect the law and protect those that have been hurt. They’re like a kindred spirit with an appreciation for the water, the land, the people and the country.

Yes! I’m human like anyone else and the other side will try to wear you down. This didn’t just happen once – it happened over and over and over during the Hinkley case. When you feel tired and wanna give up I remember what my Dad said: take a rest, have a good cry or tantrum, but tomorrow get up and get at it again. Computers crash when they get overloaded – people are the same, so step back and reboot.

Define the solution of how we dispose of our hazardous waste. We can’t keep dumping our waste and chemicals in our water and on our land and thinking it will go away. We need to find another way other than this planet to dispose of our hazardous waste.

Oh. My. God! I have a ferocious lecture circuit coming up. I mostly work on awareness campaigns and also working on my fourth book “The Truth of America’s Water Supply” as well as my maps project and a new television series. I’m getting more involved in politics (which I don’t like) but the law and environment have direct correlation with policy. We as people are great but we’re not solution driven. I want to be part of the solution.

YES, the movie was true and probably 98% accurate. I never thought it would continue to be so relevant over the course of the last 18 years, but it is, even now, and perhaps even more relevant today. If you aren’t wondering what is happening in the environment from seeing stories across the world, then you’re not paying attention. In the 21st Century we have to evolve and change our perspective or we’re in trouble.

I still do. I have retired the short skirts now, but I love fashion – it’s fun. I like to have that edgy/biker vibe, that’s kind of who I am. You should never judge a book by its cover.

YES. After moving to California, on a fluke, I entered the Miss Pacific Coast beauty pageant and won. I’m glad I did it – it was fun! With age comes more wisdom though and I’ve started to wonder why we chase so hard for our outward beauty. When I entered I was insecure and uncertain inside and I thought it would make me feel better. It turned out to be degrading. Everything is truly about how you feel on the inside. I’m glad I did it, but it’s not my cup of tea. The most beautiful people I know I have never been in a beauty pageant, because they are beautiful on the inside. We need to move away from that ‘how you look is what makes you’ attitude.

I don’t know what spare time is! When I get a chance, I rest a lot, I think a lot. I like to be outdoors, in the environment. I just like to be with my grandkids, my dogs, and with my friends. I love to take pictures of sunsets and sunrises. I love history and being a part of the moment. I like to travel. I like to shop, I meander around and think “oh that’s pretty” and smell a new perfume or try a new lipstick.

No, and I don’t want to be! I admire and respect lawyers. I mean you hate ‘em until you need ‘em then you love them! I don’t want to have to behave in Court; I’m too restless. I like getting out and seeing and touching people. Lawyers need to be focussed and driven on their argument: they’re controlled. I’d be kicked out of court or disbarred – I let my passions rule. It’s just not my personality, I need to be me.

They save the lawyer’s ass – they have the lawyer’s back in so many ways. From legal research, to dealing with clients and getting things filed on time; they’re invaluable.

The movie came out in May 2000 and my kids were then 17, 16 and 9. 18 years have now passed so Matthew is now 35, Katie 34 and Beth 27. I could not be prouder!

EVERYTHING! Let’s start with the people. You’re laid back, good work ethic and have a wicked/demented sense of humour which I love. You have the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree, Sydney Harbour, koalas – I love koalas! Magnificent scenery – like the Great Ocean Road drive. Even the crocodiles: you have an ecosystem that is incredibly unique.

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