Marianne Marchesi

Marianne Marchesi

Managing Principal

Marianne founded Legalite in 2017 after deciding that it was time to challenge the traditional law firm status quo and do law differently. She has since expertly led Legalite to become an established, highly regarded and market leading business, working with some of Australia’s most prominent brands. 

Having consistently achieved above industry average growth with Legalite, she is highly sought after as a leading authority in business, franchising, and also on building future ready workplaces. 

A multi-award-winning authority in her field, Marianne is visionary and a true strategic advisor whose expertise spans business innovation, executive leadership development and specialised legal consulting in the commercial and franchising space. 

If you’re looking for Marianne, you’ll always find her at the forefront of change; reimagining the way we do business, pioneering thinking on how to develop meaningful legal careers and championing women in business and law. Marianne is the kind of leader who sets new benchmarks in best practice. 


  • Finalist of the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2023
  • Winner for Business Innovation in The Australian Business Awards 2023
  • Winner for Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2022 
  • Winner of Competition, Trade and Regulation Partner – Lawyer’s Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2022 
  • Selected as a judge for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 
  • Named one of Australia's Most Influential Lawyers in the Changemaker category - Australasian Lawyer 2021 
  • Winner of Partner of the Year (SME) - Lawyer's Weekly Women in Law Awards 2019 
  • Winner of Sole Practitioner of the Year - Lawyer’s Weekly Australian Law Awards 2018 

Favourite thing to do on the weekend?
Taking my two kids for a walk in the double pram and enjoying the sunshine (Melbourne weather permitting!).

Your go-to karaoke song?
Big Energy featuring Mariah, and anything by Queen. 

Best thing about being the Managing Principal?
I love creating an environment and culture where my team can grow and thrive, and work with clients we love (and who love us!) 

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