Meet Our Team

We will stand by you from the beginning to the end of your matter. Our years of practising exclusively in criminal law has honed our ability to focus on what is required to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. This means we can provide you with the representation you deserve at a price you can afford.

Jodi Allen
Director - Criminal Lawyer
“Dedicated to providing impeccable advice and advocacy to achieve optimal results”

Jodi Allen grew up on the Gold Coast and attended high school locally. She studied at Griffith University and in 2001 graduated law and psychology, achieving Honours in law. After completing her university studies, Jodi then undertook her articles of clerkship under Bill Potts from whom she gained valuable experience.

In 2004 Jodi was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Jodi is committed to ensuring criminal law is applied fairly, consistently, and competently. In 2018 Jodi was appointed a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee because of her expertise in the area. The Committee’s functions include advocating for good law; providing expert advice to Government; and developing policy positions, guidance and submissions for reform.

Jodi also facilitates Continuing Legal Education sessions for criminal lawyers on the Gold Coast. Since 2015 Jodi has received regular peer recognition in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended criminal and traffic lawyer in Queensland. Jodi represents people charged with a variety of offences ranging from simple driving charges to murder and has significant experience in the representation of those charged with serious drug trafficking and related offences.

Lisa Searing
Director - Criminal Lawyer
“Above all else, will provide legal representation in a knowledgeable and compassionate manner”

Lisa Searing was born and raised in Pomona, California. She comes from an ethnically diverse family and is of African American heritage. In high school Lisa studied African American studies and has always maintained a strong interest in the application of justice through the Court system. Lisa relocated to Melbourne with her family in 1990, ultimately moving to the Gold Coast to settle in 1991. She attended Griffith University School of Law where she completed her Bachelor of Laws in 2005, followed by a Bachelor of International Business in 2007. In 2008, Lisa was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and was later admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

Lisa began her legal career with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. After working for the prosecution it became apparent to Lisa that she would best serve the community, and her own ideals, as a criminal defence lawyer. Lisa crossed over to criminal defence in January 2010. She joined the firm in 2015 and became partner in 2019. Lisa has also been the serving president of the Macleod Accommodation Support Services Committee since 2010. Lisa realises that she is in a unique position to assist those involved in what is often a very stressful experience, in a knowledgeable and compassionate manner.

Lisa represents people charged with a variety of offences and has significant experience in the representation of those charged with sexual offences, violent offences, drug offences and serious fraud matters.

Mollie Roper
Special Counsel - Criminal Lawyer
“A formidable and compassionate advocate”

Mollie completed her secondary schooling in Victoria achieving Academic Honours. Shortly thereafter she relocated to the Gold Coast after being offered the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence at Bond University. Mollie completed her Bachelor of Laws in an accelerated degree and went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Bond University.

Mollie commenced her career in a boutique Criminal Law firm on the Gold Coast. She has practised exclusively in Criminal Law, Traffic Law and Domestic Violence for over a decade. She appears on a daily basis before the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts across Queensland. Mollie has a wealth of experience in dealing with simple traffic matters to more serious and complex criminal matters such as white collar crime, contempt, drug trafficking and murder. Mollie also has experience in quasi-criminal matters including investigative hearings and criminal confiscations matters.

Known as a formidable and compassionate advocate, Mollie ensures that she achieves the best possible outcomes for her clients

Marianne Rankin
Office Manager

Marianne began her career in the legal industry in Townsville in 1987, and then went on to gain valuable experience in law firms in Sydney, Brisbane and ultimately the Gold Coast.

With her pragmatic approach and detailed understanding of the running of criminal law files, she provides beneficial secretarial support to our firm in the daily progression of matters.

Marianne is also our office manager, events coordinator and internal IT support and consistently goes above and beyond by ensuring we can all accomplish our work with ease. Her patience, compassion and friendly disposition is not only felt by our clients but valued by all our team at Allen & Searing Criminal Lawyers.

Jordan Murdoch
Office Assistant

Jordan is a valued and respected member of our team at Allen & Searing Criminal Lawyers.

Known for his approachable and professional manner, Jordan provides invaluable support and assistance to Mollie Roper and our team. Jordan joined our office in 2023 having previously worked alongside Mollie.

Jordan will often be a first point of contact and strives to keep our clients up to date with any developments with respect to their matters. Jordan prides himself on his compassionate approach to his work, his karaoke prowess, and his dad jokes.

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