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Principal Director

Joseph Peter Schepis

Joe grew up in country Victoria and after completing degrees in Economics (1983) and Law (1985) at Monash University he was admitted to practice law in March 1987. Joe has practiced exclusively in Family Law since his admission and in 1992 was accredited as a Family Law Specialist by the Law Institute of Victoria.

Joe joined Pearsons in 1993 continuing to specialise in all aspects of relationship breakdowns involving financial and property matters (including complex companies and trust structures), parenting matters, child support issues and all issues requiring resolution upon the breakdown of a relationship.

Being able to communicate effectively with clients is what Joe prides himself on. He explains complex and difficult legal concepts in easily understood language and guides clients through traumatic and difficult times to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

Joe’s favourite saying to clients is that they have entered a tunnel but that he will guide them through its many twists and turns to the light at the other end.

Joe enjoys studying the law. In addition to his Economics and Law Degrees he has obtained a Graduate Diploma in Family Law Mediation from Latrobe University (2001) and more recently a Master of Laws (Applied Law) from the College of Law (2015).

Since its inception in 1922, Pearsons has grown to become a very well recognised and respected practice of specialist Family Lawyers with multiple offices in the CBD and greater Melbourne including regionally in Geelong and Barwon Heads.

Joe and Leanne lead an experienced team of Family Lawyers who provide expert advice to clients so that they know where they stand.


Outside of running the business of Pearsons and practising in all aspects of Family Law, Joe enjoys playing golf, visiting and holidaying in regional areas of Victoria and overseas with his favourite destinations being Bordeaux in southern France, Spain and Hawaii.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Economics (1984)
  • Bachelor of Law (1986)
  • Graduate Diploma in Family Law Mediation (2001)
  • Accredited Specialist in Family Law (by the LIV since 1992)
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section)

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