Marc Testart – Principal
Marc is the principal of Testart Family Lawyers. He started the firm in 2013 with a vision: to try to help people resolve their family law disputes without having to go to court. Having been a barrister practicing predominantly in family law, he knows how stressful and expensive litigation can be, and he strives to help his clients through all methods of alternative dispute resolution. But if his clients need to go to Court, he is there to help them every step of the way.
Marc graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in philosophy) a Graduate Diploma of Education, and a First-Class-Honours Law Degree.
When Marc isn’t helping his clients he loves watching sport (especially AFL, soccer and basketball), powerlifting, and spending time with his wife and 3 daughters.
Julia Ventura – Associate Solicitor
Julia joined Testart Family Lawyers in May 2019 as a paralegal while completing her tertiary studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Global Studies. At the time, Julia had already developed an interest in helping people involved in family law matters, after volunteering in an intervention order support service for a number of years. As a lawyer, Julia has worked exclusively in family law and intervention order matters.
Julia is client-focussed, a thoughtful and empathetic listener, and strives to achieve practical and sustainable solutions.
Outside of work Julia is an avid reader, a steadfast (long-suffering) Carlton supporter and has one cat, Peppa.
Abbey Pugh – Senior Associate
Abbey joined Testart Family Lawyers in May 2021 as an Associate Solicitor.
Abbey graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in Queensland. Since this time, she has practiced predominantly in the areas of family law and domestic violence.
Abbey is a fierce and passionate advocate for people going through a family separation, focusing not only on the best outcome, but making the process as cost effective and timely as possible.
Outside of work, Abbey enjoys listening to podcasts and visiting Melbourne’s newest restaurants.
Stephanie Steele – Associate Solicitor
Stephanie joined Testart Family Lawyers in May 2021, and is the team’s newest solicitor. Stephanie has gained experience across all aspects of family law, while working closely with all members of the team at Testart Family Lawyers.
Stephanie graduated from Australian Catholic University, having completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and has recently completed her practical legal training, with the College of Law.
Stephanie has worked exclusively in family law since leaving university. She prides herself on her communication skills and is passionate about providing an empathetic approach, to achieve the best possible outcome for clients.
Outside of work, Stephanie is a book lover and a foodie.
Rachael Bykowska – Paralegal Associate
Rachael joined Testart Family Lawyers as a Paralegal in March 2023; she has quickly become an integral part of the team.
Rachael is a dynamic and ambitious individual currently in her final year at Monash University, pursuing a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Global Studies. She is thrilled to begin her Professional Legal Training (PLT) with the esteemed College of Law later this year.
Rachael is known for her empathetic nature and her love for socialising. She thrives in social environments and enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life. Her ability to understand and relate to different perspectives makes her a valuable team player and fosters strong professional relationships.
Outside of her studies and work, Rachael is a passionate supporter of the Essendon football team. She also has a deep appreciation for food and loves exploring diverse cuisines. Additionally, she finds solace in books and is an avid reader.