Russell Ball


T: 03 8416 3608

Russell graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne and was admitted to practice in 1976, joining his father John who was the solicitor to the Medical Defence Association of Victoria.

For 40 years, Russell has represented medical practitioners and other health professionals in all areas of health law, in all jurisdictions. This includes disciplinary, health and performance investigations by the Medical Board and Australia and AHPRA, Medicare investigations, audits and prosecutions, Professional Services Review, WorkSafe and TAC audits, and disputes between practitioners and hospitals.

Russell also assists health professionals in employment disputes, criminal prosecutions, privacy and health records law, Victorian Ombudsman investigations and disputes between health practitioners and the medical colleges.

In addition to health law, Russell has always maintained a practice in conveyancing, Wills, Powers of Attorney, probate and administration of estates, corporations and business law and general legal practice.

Russell has three times been recognised as Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in Medical Negligence in Melbourne and for a number of years he served as the Legal Secretary of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria.

As a founding partner of Ball + Partners, Russell is available to provide health practitioners and other clients with the benefit of his experience and expertise.

Russell has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers® Australia for Medical Negligence (as published in the Australian Financial Review).  He has been recognised in the Doyles Legal Guide Melbourne 2020/2021 as one of the leading tier of Medical Negligence Lawyers (Defendant).