Our People

Our People

David Laschko, Principal

B.Juris, LLB (Monash)

David Laschko is the Principal of David Laschko Criminal Lawyer. He is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and has over 25 years of experience practicing exclusively in this area.

After graduating from Monash University, David commenced his legal career with Clements Hutchins and Co. Upon being admitted to practice in 1980, David took up a position with renowned criminal lawyer, Brendan Wilkinson. During this time, David appeared as a Junior Counsel in the Russell Street Bombing Trial. This significant trial marked the beginning of David's successful career in criminal law.

In 1984, David established his own criminal law practice in Bank Place, Melbourne. In 2008, the firm moved to its current location at 530 Lonsdale Street, which houses some of Melbourne's leading criminal barristers.

Throughout his career, David has practiced exclusively in criminal law. During this time, David has been involved in many complex trials. David has secured acquittals in numerous major cases that at first glance seem impossible to win. These cases include those involving powerful circumstantial evidence, DNA and confessions.

David is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. He is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and is a member of the LIV Criminal Law Section. Along with his extensive practical experience, David regularly participates in professional development activities in order to maintain his superior knowledge of the criminal law.


Annika Childs, Legal Assistant

B.A. (Criminology)

LLM (Juris Doctor) (estimated completion in 2017)

Annika graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology in 2012 and is currently completing her final year of a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) at Monash University.

Annika has worked with David since commencing her postgraduate law studies in 2013, and works closely with him in his criminal practice on a daily basis.



David Laschko, principal of David Laschko Criminal Lawyer, has been a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law since 1989.

When choosing your lawyer, you can be confident that your future is in safe hands when you engage a Criminal Law Accredited Specialist. LIV Accredited Specialists are experienced practitioners who are recognised as leaders in their field.

Accredited Specialists must meet strict criteria, maintain a high degree of professional development in their area of expertise, pass a comprehensive examination process and renew their accreditation every three years.

To find out more about Accredited Specialists, please visit the Law Institute of Victoria website.