Meet the team

Chen Palmer is a boutique public and employment firm in Auckland. The team consists of Principals, Senior Associates, Intermediate Associates and Associates.

Mai Chen

Managing Partner

Mai Chen is the managing partner of Chen Palmer, Australasia’s first public law specialist firm, which she co-founded in 1994.

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Leo Donnelly


Leo is a former Ombudsman from 2016-2018, and Deputy Ombudsman from 2004-2016. He brings his expertise and considerable experience in public and administrative law to Chen Palmer’s recognised leadership in the legal industry.

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Anthony Hill

Special Counsel

Anthony Hill has been appointed as Special Counsel commencing on 1 February 2021. He joins Chen Palmer after 10 years as the Health and Disability Commissioner.

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Antonia Di Maio

Principal Advisor

Antonia Di Maio is joining Chen Palmer as Principal Advisor on 1 February 2021. She will also be the Principal report writer for the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business.

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