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Dan Rawlings, Gold Coast Australia, Cause Of Death, Lawyer – Death Notice Obituary

Dan Rawlings, Gold Coast Australia, Cause Of Death, Lawyer, Death – Another of the Gold Coast‘s top lawyers has died with colleagues and loved ones describing him as a ‘beautiful, intelligent, engaging and loving man’. Prominent criminal lawyer Dan Rawlings passed suddenly at age 49 on Wednesday. His death has sparked an outpouring of grief from Queensland‘s legal community.

His colleagues at Rawlings Criminal Law solicitors, Daniel McShane and Ashley Knopp, said Mr Rawlings death has left them ‘absolutely in shock and completely devastated’. ‘He was an incredible lawyer with a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed it,’ they told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

‘He was eccentric, fun, and had an amazing sense of humour. A truly great friend and brother who will be sorely missed.’ On behalf of Mr Rawlings family, his cousin, Siobhan Waterhouse, said: ‘To the family, Dan brought fun, music, and some of the most side-splitting crack-ups.

He was a vibrant and loving uncle, dedicated and loyal brother, and wickedly fun cousin and nephew. ‘He was the life of every party, lit up a room, and made everyone feel welcome. We all adored him, are better off for knowing him, and will miss him forever.’ His close friend, Glenn Boswell, said: ‘As all of you know, Dan was a beautiful, intelligent, engaging and loving man.

‘He made all of our lives richer and better for having known and loved him.  ‘He will be deeply missed by all of us, especially his sisters Katie and Tasha and all of his wonderful friends and family that have had the pleasure of having met and shared our lives with him.’

Several lawyers from around the Gold Coast have also shared tributes to Mr Rawlings online.  He was a good and dedicated lawyer but, most importantly, a good man. I always enjoyed his company and his sense of humour. Rest In Peace Daniel,’ one said.

‘Oh no, so sad. We’ve lost too many good men,’ another wrote.  Mr Rawlings was born in Perth and educated in New Zealand. He studied law at Dunedin’s Otago University and philosophy at Melbourne’s Victoria University.

He established his law firm, Rawlings Criminal Law, in Southport in 2018. Mr Rawlings defended numerous high-profile clients, including Jarvis Farrier who was convicted of manslaughter after he stabbed his 17-year-old friend, Harrison Geppert, over a pair of stolen shoes.

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