Demetrio Zema is an entrepreneur, lawyer and founder of the ‘new-gen’ law firm, Law Squared.
Demetrio has first-hand experience in all the highs and lows faced in business, and is well aware that mayhem and manic often ensues at the early stages of building an enterprise. Having founded and co-founded six businesses, worked with corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs and ASX companies, Demetrio had the idea to use his first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities facing young Australian entrepreneurs to found a forward-thinking firm dedicated to helping millennial entrepreneurs and small to medium enterprises succeed.
In a short period of time, Law Squared has rapidly made waves in the legal industry, addressing some of the mental health challenges faced, particularly by lawyers, and establishing a better way for law firms to operate and engage their teams. Demetrio recognised the need to move away from ‘old law’ to better address the needs of millennial businesses that want and need their lawyers to be present, adaptable, relevant and, of course, personable. Law Squared is a firm that offers millennials, entrepreneurs and SMEs services that traditional firms, by their very nature, are unable to offer.
At the age of 28, Demetrio was the youngest managing partner of a law firm. Since its launch in February 2016, Law Squared’s meteoric rise has seen him take out prestigious industry awards such as the 2016 LexisNexis Legal Innovation Index, with his firm described by the Huffington Post as “Australia’s most innovative law firm”.
In the non-legal space, Demetrio is a director and co-founder of a foundation ‘If Not Now Then When’, sits on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Multicultural Youth and on a Board Sub-Committee for the Victorian Deaf Society. He was also appointed by the Board of the Australian Federation of Deaf Societies to undertake an organisational and federation review.