Dr Terri Janke

Solicitor Director

Areas of Practice

Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman and an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), known for innovating pathways between the non-Indigenous business sector and Indigenous people in business. As the owner and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, she manages her team to deliver excellent results to a diverse client base. Terri advises on legal matters including intellectual property, business law, shareholder agreements and governance of Indigenous organisations. She has written leading ICIP Protocols and models for various sectors including the arts, museums, archives, film and business. Terri is also a valued mentor, accredited mediator and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

​Photo by Jamie James
Artwork: Bibi Barba, 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' (2020)


Terri was admitted to practice in 1995. She holds an Unrestricted Practising Certificate and is a member of the Law Society of NSW. In 2019, she was awarded a PhD from the Australia National University for her thesis True Tracks: Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Principles for putting Self-Determination into practice. Terri is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Resolve Mediators. She is currently on the board of the National Gallery of Australia and Chair of the First Nations Rugby Committee. Previous board positions include: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (Deputy Chair), State Library of NSW, Jawun, Tourism Australia, National Indigenous Television (Chair) and Ngalaya Indigenous Lawyers Association (Chair). 


Recent Projects


Selected Awards

  • NAIDOC Person of the Year 2011 

  • Australian Attorney-General’s Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year 2012 

  • Finalist, Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards 2015 

  • Finalist, Indigenous in Business, Ethnic Business Awards 2015 

  • Finalist, Sydney City Regional Business Awards 2018 

  • Community Lawyer of the Year 2019 (NSW Women Lawyers)

  • Indigenous Business Leader of the Year 2019 (My Business Awards) 

Terri is an accomplished business woman and property investor. She is married and has two beautiful adult children. To relax she enjoys music, beach walks and exercising at NCIE gym.

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All professional photography by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' by Bibi Barba has been used under license in the firm photographs, including for staff profiles.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in some firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles, careers and services pages. Visit Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. Visit Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit Bibi's website.

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