Our Staff

Mr Zemarai Khatiz – Principal & Accredited Criminal Law Specialist

Mr Zemarai Khatiz is the principal lawyer and director of Oxford Lawyers. He is an experienced and passionate defence lawyer with over a decade of experience in Criminal Law.


Mr Khatiz is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist by the Law Society of NSW.


Mr Khatiz appears for range of clients in all jurisdictions including the Local, District and Supreme Court, and the Court of Criminal Appeal. He appears in:

  • Defended hearings

  • Sentence hearings

  • Bail applications

  • RMS licence appeals

  • Severity appeals

  • Conviction Appeals

Mr Khatiz has vast experience in the areas of Criminal and Traffic law, providing the highest quality legal service to his clients. Mr Khatiz is a dedicated, passionate lawyer who truly believes in his client’s cases. He has defended clients in a range of matters from the most minor to the most serious offences including :

  • Murder

  • Armed robberies

  • Malicious wounding with intent to murder

  • Sexual assault

  • Culpable driving

  • Drug importation

  • Drug trafficking

  • Kidnapping

  • Large quantity drug charges

  • Firearm and possession of prohibited weapon charges

  • Fraud


    Mr Khatiz also appears in all types of Driving and Traffic matters including driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and driving while suspended or disqualified.

Mr Khatiz can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any emergency or to attend any police station, prisons or courts in NSW.

Please feel free to contact Mr Khatiz for a free consultation on: 0478 821 383.

Mr Asem Taleb – Senior Associate


Mr Asem Taleb is a dedicated criminal defence Lawyer at Oxford Lawyers. Mr Taleb has completed a double degree with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism. He obtained his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law in Sydney.


Mr Taleb is admitted to practice as a Solicitor & Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia. Mr Taleb appears for range of clients in all jurisdictions including the Local, District and courts in the Federal jurisdiction.


Mr Taleb previously worked for a well-respected law firm, whilst completing his law degree. During this time, he practiced exclusively in criminal law and worked on numerous complex matters. He was then offered a position with Oxford Lawyers and has been employed full-time since then.


Mr Taleb has prepared and instructed Senior and Junior Counsel in numerous lengthy and complex criminal matters, including District Court jury trials, District Court sentencing hearings and Supreme Court jury trials.


These trials serious offences including murder, sexual assault, drug importation and trafficking and armed robberies. He has appeared himself in a range of matters including:


–    Release Applications and Detention Applications
–    Sentence hearings
–    Conviction Appeals
–    Severity Appeals
–    RMS License Appeals


Mr Taleb is known by his colleagues for his commitment to every matter that he appears in. He exerts time and effort in each individual matter so that the best result can be achieved for each client. This commitment is shown in his extensive preparation for each matter from the beginning to the very end.

Ms Lisa Dao – Solicitor

Lisa Dao is a passionate and dedicated Criminal Defence Lawyer who started her legal career whilst studying at university. Before joining Oxford Lawyers, Ms Dao worked as a paralegal at one of Sydney’s South West’s leading criminal law firms. Lisa first joined Oxford Lawyers as a paralegal in 2012 and return as a solicitor in 2016. Since then she has dealt with a range of complex matters.
Ms Dao completed her double degree at Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Economic Analysis and Policy. Ms Dao is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Ms Dao appears in all Local and District Courts in NSW for all criminal matters.

Ms Dao’s experience has given her a strong understanding of the criminal justice system. With her very friendly and approachable nature, Ms Dao not only understands what is required of her to achieve the best results for her clients, but also supports her clients to ensure the process is as stress-free as possible.

Ms Dao speaks fluent in Vietnamese.

Mr Zahir Zakaria – Solicitor

Mr Zakaria is admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Mr Zakaria has experience handling complex cases of all types and regularly appears in Court across NSW.

Mr Zakaria is a highly experienced legal practitioner. His attention to detail and ability to comprehend vital aspects of cases is what sets him apart. His success as a lawyer is due to his vision in seeing the issues before they occur and resolving them in the most efficient manner for the client.

As a Criminal Defence Lawyer, Mr Zakaria is skilled in research, legal advice and Criminal Law.