About Us

Paul Vale Criminal Law is a leading specialist criminal law firm in Melbourne. With over 40 years of experience, our lawyers are legal experts in all criminal and traffic law matters. When experience and dedication is combined with our specialised knowledge, we are in the best position to attain successful results for our clients.

Our team of lawyers are multilingual.

Our dedicated solicitors are knowledgeable and experienced.

Our vast experience enables us to advise you on the best course of action to be taken in your matter.

Our commitment to you ensures that your voice is heard.

A significant number of criminal solicitors and barristers currently practising in Victoria received their legal training at Paul Vale Criminal Law.

Our Team

Chen Yang

Principal Solicitor

Chen Yang has been the Principal Partner and Solicitor Advocate of Paul Vale Criminal Law since 2012. Apart from appearing daily in Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts, Chen is also one of the only experienced criminal lawyers in Melbourne who speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin).

Chen specialises in all areas of Criminal and Traffic law matters including: Driving and Licence offences, Family Violence matters, Intervention Order applications, Drug offences (Possession, Trafficking, Cultivation and Importation), Property offences, Sex offences, Murder/Manslaughter. Chen Yang also possesses significant experience in Criminal Appellate matters in the County, Supreme and High Court.

By combining his extensive legal knowledge, court experience and compassion, Chen continues to obtain true justice for his clients in the form of remarkable results.

Michael Cunningham

Senior Solicitor

Michael Cunningham was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2007 and has worked extensively in all aspects of Criminal Law since then. He continues to appear regularly in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts where he uses his advocacy skills to achieve outstanding results for his clients.

Michael has personally appeared and successfully advocated for his clients in a wide variety of hearings, including contested summary criminal charges, indictable criminal charges, contested Intervention Order applications, summary jurisdiction applications, appeals against sentence, contested bail applications, and contested committal hearings.

Michael has also had considerable experience in high profile and complex criminal matters, including murder trials, and applications for leave/special leave to appeal at both the Court of Appeal and High Court levels.

His drive to fearlessly advance his clients’ best interests while remaining open, approachable and compassionate allows Michael to build and maintain strong rapport with his clients and help guide them through the often difficult and stressful legal process.

Kyle McLaughlin

Managing Solicitor

Kyle is a driven and assertive solicitor advocate, settling for no less than excellent results for his clients.  With thorough preparation and clear, constant communication, Kyle ensures that every client is listened to, informed and confident at each stage of their court matter.

Since joining Paul Vale Criminal Law in 2017 as a Paralegal, Kyle has graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University and completed his Practical Legal Training at the College of Law. After being admitted to practice Kyle has worked on a variety of criminal matters, making appearances at both the Magistrates’ Court Jurisdiction and the County Court Jurisdiction as a Solicitor Advocate, and additionally as an Instructing Solicitor at the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Kyle maintains a high level of integrity and determination when dealing with his clients, acknowledging the importance of both the legal and personal aspects of each individual case. Kyle prides himself in his confidence and compassion equally, to suit a wide array of criminal matters and circumstances.

Paul Vale


Paul Vale has been a leading Criminal Law solicitor in Melbourne for more than 40 years. He was an Accredited Criminal Specialist (one of only 125 in Victoria).

Paul possesses vast experience and expertise in all areas of Criminal and Traffic law and regularly conducts Appeals in the Court of Appeals and High Court of Australia. Paul’s wealth of knowledge in case law, legislation and court craft will ensure that meticulous service and advice is provided so that you have the highest probability of obtaining the best result.