Our Team

Shane Don Lawyer

SHANE DON – LAWYER

Shane chose to practise as a plaintiff personal injury lawyer to make a genuine difference in the lives of injured people. He understands that as a lawyer he is able to use his legal expertise to help navigate clients through complex insurance schemes.

Shane is a fearless and passionate advocate for the rights of injured Victorians. He prides himself on understanding his client’s needs and is relentless in achieving the best possible outcomes. He approaches his practice with strategic thinking, a keen eye to detail and being empathetic to the various circumstances of his clients.

Having overcome a number of injuries, Shane recognises the devastating effects injuries can have on one’s physical and psychological health. He believes there is nothing more satisfying than supporting clients through this difficult time so that they can move forward with their lives.

He is fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded colleagues who have a willingness to collaborate and work together. Shane joined Maxiom Injury Lawyers because of its fantastic culture and client-centric focus, and could not imagine being anywhere else.

Shane is of Sri-Lankan heritage and can communicate with clients in Sinhalese.

Shane can be contacted via email at [email protected].

Zahida Popal

MICHAELA KENNEDY - LAWYER

Michaela graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University in February 2020. During her time at University she was an active student, representing her University three times in the Australian University Games for Netball and participating in three University abroad programs in Indonesia, China and Germany.

Prior to joining Maxiom Injury Lawyers, Michaela worked in legal policy, advocating for legislative change and policy reform on behalf of the legal profession. During her time in this role, she developed a keen interest in litigation, particularly Personal Injury Law and made the decision to transition her legal career to private practice.

Michaela’s key strengths include her keen attention to detail, hands-on approach and empathy toward clients. She believes open and honest communication is key and ensures she develops personal relationships with each client so she can best assist them throughout the duration of their matter.

Michaela says that the most rewarding aspects of working at Maxiom is being able to work within a team that share the same values as her own and being able to assist injured people who may not otherwise be aware of their entitlements under the law. She strives to achieve a successful outcome for all clients and is never afraid to put her skills to the test when dealing with a particularly complex matter.

Zahida Popal

ZAHIDA POPAL - LAWYER

Zahida is a fearless advocate who combines her passion for social justice with legal acumen to achieve outstanding results for her clients.

“I joined Maxiom Injury Lawyers to be with a firm that has a genuine client focus, delivering outcomes which are relatable, fair and with the client’s best interests at heart,” says Zahida.

Being a member of a culturally and linguistically diverse community, Zahida has seen how difficult it can be for people to navigate the legal system without expert legal advice. This drives her to ensure that her clients receive high quality legal representation.

“I consider practising law to be a privilege and enjoy solving complex legal problems in order to help my clients get their lives back on track. I come to work knowing I am making a difference to my clients and I feel truly privileged to be in this role.”

Zahida is of Afghan background and is fluent in Pashto.

Ronald Sims

RONALD SIMS – LAW GRADUATE

Ronald Sims completed his Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne Law School in 2019 and also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic) degree.

Prior to attending law school, Ronald worked as a Paramedic, providing pre-hospital medical care and education to his patients. After several years in this role, Ronald made the decision to transition into a legal career so he could assist injured persons and their families in the challenging times after their injuries.

With numerous years of experience assisting people in their most vulnerable times, Ronald’s ability to empathise and communicate complex information in a comprehensible manner is an asset when dealing with clients on a day to day basis. His approachable nature also allows him to quickly develop a rapport with his clients.

Ronald says that the most rewarding aspect of working at Maxiom is being able to help his clients successfully navigate the complex legal system and access compensation and medical treatment they require to rebuild their lives post injury.

Aylin Yigit

AYLIN YIGIT – PARALEGAL

Aylin Yigit is committed to social justice and using her voice to stand up for the rights of individuals.

Prior to joining Maxiom, Aylin worked for Australia’s largest Personal Injury Law Firm. She also volunteers at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre assisting vulnerable immigrants navigate the legal process. During this time she developed a passion to protect and fight for the rights of individuals.

Aylin is empathetic and genuinely passionate about helping people. She is committed to fighting for the rights of injured Victorians and understands the emotional toll that an injury can have on one’s life. She is therefore focused on ensuring that her clients feel supported and guided as they navigate the Workcover and TAC insurance schemes.

Aylin chose to work at Maxiom to collaborate with a team that strongly advocates for its clients. She says, “Maxiom is a team that possesses equal amounts of passion as it does skill”.