Leo Dimos, the founder and principal of the firm, was one of the first migrants to complete a law degree through a Commonwealth scholarship at the Australian National University. He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1965.
Born in a small village in the Peloponnese in southern Greece, Leo travelled alone to Melbourne at just 14 years of age. The Greek Civil War of 1945–49 was the catalyst that made him seek a new life in Australia and created a strong desire for personal accomplishment.
After his National Service with the Australian Army, Leo was granted a scholarship to study medicine at the Australian National University.
One year into his medical course, Leo transferred to law, completing his degree and moving back to Melbourne.
Founding Dimos Lawyers
Leo Dimos founded Dimos Lawyers in 1967 in a single room off Bourke Street. In 1981 we relocated to our current, larger premises at 226–228 Swanston Street.
Through the 1980s the firm became a leader in personal injury matters, property law as well as commercial litigation. It was at that time that the firm also developed its mortgage practice, with a substantial loan portfolio.
Leo Dimos has been a member of the Law Institute of Victoria since his admission to the legal profession in 1965. He also became a registered tax agent and provided brokerage services to existing clients of insurance products. He remains an associate of the Taxation Institute of Australia.
Expanding and diversifying
In the late 1980s the firm expanded and diversified its practice areas considerably. It began acting for clients Australia-wide, as well as securing its first publicly listed commercial clients.
Our debt recovery and insolvency practice areas grew significantly in the 1990s. In the same period, the firm began acting for national mortgage fund managers, credit unions, home loan providers, listed public companies, and high-wealth individuals with national and international business and property interests.
To offer easier access to many of our clients, in 2006 we opened our first suburban branch office, at Mount Waverley.
Dimos Lawyers has strong relationships and affiliations with firms in each Australian state, and overseas.