Danae was called to the Queensland Bar in 2011 and practiced as a government barrister before transitioning to the private Bar in August 2016.
Danae was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 after completing a two-year articled clerkship at Gilshenan & Luton Lawyers, specialising in criminal defence, traffic matters and disciplinary matters - in particular proceedings against police officers. After continuing in private practice at Gilshenan & Luton for a further three years, Danae commenced working at the Crime and Misconduct Commission - now Crime and Corruption Commission - of Queensland ("Commission") in 2008.
Danae was employed at the Commission as a senior lawyer for over 7 years, during which time she worked within the Crime and Legal Services teams, including as Deputy Official Solicitor from 2011, and practiced in criminal, disciplinary and administrative law and civil litigation. She has considerable experience appearing in a range of jurisdictions, including as Counsel Assisting in private investigative hearings, and in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts, and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in applications, hearings, appeals and judicial reviews.
Danae has also worked as a senior lawyer at the Office of the Public Guardian, formerly the Office of the Adult Guardian, including most recently during 2016, specialising in guardianship, mental health, criminal, domestic violence and child protection matters.
Danae's practice as a private barrister includes Criminal, Disciplinary, Administrative, Family, Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Guardianship and Mental Health Law, as well as Inquests/Inquiries and Civil Law.
Danae has been a member of the Australian Bar Association Criminal Law Committee since 2017. She was previously a committee member of the Queensland Young Lawyers Association of Queensland for 2 years, and the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland for 5 years, including 2 years as Vice President.
Danae has volunteered at the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic, run by QPILCH, Caxton Legal Centre and the Arts/Law Centre of Queensland.