Our Team

Kilian & Associates is a boutique law firm located in Auckland (New Zealand) with a branch in Tauranga, specialising in litigation, tax, and corporate and commercial restructuring law. The firm has a wealth of expertise in advising and acting for individuals, businesses and large corporations on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Shane Kilian MTaxS(Hons), B.Proc (South Africa), PGDipLS

Principal, International Tax Lawyer and Civil & Criminal Trial Lawyer

Shane founded Kilian & Associates in 2011 after half a decade managing the IRD's Technical and Legal Unit and several years in a top-tier law firm. Shane is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, New South Wales and South Africa and has a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Beginning his career as a civil and commercial litigator enabled him to obtain extensive court room and advocacy experience. He specialises in all aspects of tax controversy and administrative law. He advises clients during Inland Revenue investigations, conducts the formal aspects of the statutory tax disputes process, and litigates tax and related issues, including criminal tax prosecutions.

Contact Shane

  021 468-483

  027 358-3066


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Kate Goodman-Creed BA; LLB

Barrister & Solicitor

Kate was admitted to the Bar in May 2019. She is a criminal litigator who provides fierce representation for clients both in the Courtroom and during charge negotiations with stakeholders. She has a natural ability to connect with clients and makes an effort to ensure our clients know we are fighting in their corner.

Prior to joining KA early in 2023, she worked for the Public Defence Service. Over the years she has represented clients facing charges ranging from driving offences to assaults and firearm offences.

Contact Kate

  021 468-671


Kayla Bergh Dip. Legal Exec Studies

Litigation Executive

Kayla started working for Kilian & Associates in 2017 as the office administrator. Her time at the firm has been instrumental in shaping and developing the practice and its systems, which are now fully digital.

She is currently in her penultimate year of her Law Degree at the University of Auckland. She has also completed a New Zealand Diploma of Legal Executive Studies and is a Registered member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.

Contact Kayla

  021 0821-9741


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Cherie Adams


Cherie is a second-year law student at the University of Auckland completing a conjoint degree in politics and history.

Her role in legal administration supports our dynamic office in many ways, from liaising with clients, courts, and prosecution to managing legal documents and databases. Her experience in customer services and the Police 111 communications centre has allowed her to develop a calming presence over the phone and the ability to collate information shared by you over a phone discussion.

Contact Cherie

  021 513-609


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Miles Ramos

Administrator | Law Clerk

Miles is a third-year student completing a double degree in law and economics at the Auckland University of Technology.

Miles joined Kilian & Associates in late 2022 as a Law Clerk. Prior to this, Miles worked as a Deputy Registrar in the criminal jurisdiction of the Auckland District Court where she gained extensive courtroom and case management experience in the summary, Crown jury and specialist therapeutic courts. During her tenure at the registry, she was also appointed an Issuing Officer by the Attorney-General under the Search and Surveillance Act.

Contact Miles

  021 513-609


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Why Choose Us

Our Beliefs

We truly believe that each case is someone's life and we treat it as such.

Rich Experience

Experience gets the job done. Kilian & Associates' have over 20 years of legal practice experience.

Successful Outcomes

Our case outcomes are successful when we make a difference in your life. That is our primary goal.

Kilian & Associates specialises in...

Litigation, tax, and corporate and commercial restructuring law. The firm has a wealth of expertise in advising and acting for individuals, businesses and large corporations on contentious and non-contentious matters.

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