Simon attended St Marys College from 1983-1986, representing the College in swimming, athletics, rugby league, and debating. Simon was elected College Captain in 1986.
Simon joined Shine Lawyers in 1988 serving articles with former Queensland Attorney-General, Kerry Shine, the founder of the firm.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws and is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in personal injury law, and is admitted to practice in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
He was elevated to Partner in 1995, building a reputation as a skilled litigator, with particular expertise in Workers Compensation.
Practicing in all areas of Plaintiff Litigation, including Mass Tort Litigation, Simon has overseen some of the firm’s largest actions during the last decade. He has given evidence at numerous government enquiries, has assisted in drafting legislation and is a regular speaker at national and state conferences in this field.
He was instrumental in the growth of the firm from a staff of 10 people when he joined in 1988 to over 900+ people today.
Simon is a former national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, Australia’s peak body for Plaintiff lawyers and chaired the ALA’s National Workers Compensation Special Interest Group. Simon represents Australia on the International Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice, the peak body for Plaintiff Lawyers in the United States of America. In addition he is a member of the US based, Melvin Belli Society, an invitation only organisation of Plaintiff Lawyers around the globe.
Simon contributes skills and expertise to the Shine Justice Board including executive management of a listed company strategy, industry experience, strategic marketing and policy, regulation and stakeholder management.