Meet the Best Team

It’s important to put a face to a name and get to know the people behind the cases. Find out more about our team and why we’re the Best in the business.

One thing you should know about our team – we only hire the Best people.

Our team aren’t only some of the sharpest legal minds in Queensland (no really, we win awards for it) but they’re also genuinely good people, who care about their clients.

When we say we hire the Best, we mean we hire people who care about every case and every client, people you’d want fighting for you that you’d also happily catch up over a cuppa with.

Meet your team

Ryan Stehlik

Principal Lawyer

With nearly two decades of experience in insurance, personal injury, and compensation law, Ryan is the driving force behind Best Injury Lawyers. His legal journey has taken him from corporate corridors to founding a practice that is all about making a real difference in people’s lives.

Ryan’s legal career kicked off in the corporate world, where he cut his teeth working for big-name insurers. Defending personal injury and various insurance claims gave him invaluable insights into how the other side operates. But he didn’t stop there. Learning from the best in Australia’s top insurance law firms, Ryan’s path eventually led him to seek more meaningful work. And so, Best Injury Lawyers was born, catering exclusively to injured individuals in Queensland who need to fight for compensation.

Tyrone Shandiman

Non-practising Director

Tyrone Shandiman is a dedicated professional serving as a Director at Best Injury Lawyers. His extensive background as an insurance broker and the owner of Strata Insurance Solutions underscores his commitment to protecting the interests of individuals and businesses alike.

Tyrone’s passion for consumer advocacy is exemplified by his founding of the Australian Consumers Insurance Lobby Inc, an organisation dedicated to championing the rights of insurance consumers. His expertise and unwavering dedication make him an invaluable asset to the firm, ensuring that clients receive the highest level of support and representation in personal injury cases. Tyrone’s leadership, ethical principles, and advocacy for fairness continue to drive the mission of Best Injury Lawyers.

Maileen Hawthorne

Senior Associate

Maileen is an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer with 15 years of experience in the legal field. As a passionate advocate for the rights of injured individuals, Maileen possesses an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of personal injury law.

Her extensive knowledge spans a wide range of cases, including workplace injuries, car accidents, occupier’s liability, and medical negligence. She has successfully handled catastrophic claims, complex legal proceedings and negotiated settlements.

Maileen is driven by exceptional client care. Her compassionate and client-focused approach sets her apart, as she takes the time to thoroughly explain legal processes, educate clients about their rights and guide them through every step of their legal journey.

Outside of law, Maileen is an experienced yoga teacher and holistic counsellor. She enjoys exploring the mysticism of life, diving deep into self-inquiry and believes that we all have something to learn from every experience and every encounter.

Renee Singh


Renee is an enthusiastic and valuable member of the Best legal team. Since being admitted as a Solicitor in 2021, Renee’s legal journey has been remarkable, having gained experience in personal injury law, family law, and criminal law (including domestic violence and historical abuse). Renee also speaks fluent Hindi and is dedicated to breaking down language barriers to ensure that injured individuals have access to legal representation.

With a relentless commitment to justice, Renee has built a reputation as a dedicated and compassionate advocate for those who have suffered harm due to the negligence of others. Currently, Renee specialises in workers compensation, motor vehicle accidents, abuse law, and public liability. Extending beyond her role, Renee connects with people, supports her team, and handles pressure with ease. Her knack for problem-solving shines in challenging situations.

Renee is a proud Canadian and is driven to be of service. She finds a great sense of purpose when volunteering and assisting vulnerable people. In her spare time, Renee loves socialising and spending time with her dog, George, who also likes to occasionally make an appearance at the office and keeps everyone in check.

Andrea Jacobsen

Senior Paralegal

Andrea Jacobsen is a skilled Senior Paralegal with extensive experience in personal injury law. With ten years in the field, she’s been a reliable pillar, assisting with and managing various cases while working closely with our experienced solicitors.

With a strong commitment to our clients, Andrea plays a crucial role in case management from inception to resolution, liaising with clients, medical professionals, and other relevant parties to ensure smooth case progression. Andrea’s standout quality is her ability to excel both independently and within a team. She’s a natural mentor and collaborator, guiding and delegating effectively, fostering growth among junior colleagues across the firm.

Eager for ongoing growth, Andrea is pursuing a Bachelor of Laws, a testament to her commitment to advancing her legal career. Andrea has a deep affection for animals and, in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her horse, Flossy, and two dogs, Taz and Sadie.

What makes us the Best?

We know it’s a big claim, and you’re probably wondering what actually makes us the Best. Well, these are some of the Best reasons we can claim we’re the Best:

6 Awards

as a Leading Injury Law Firm

As a firm, we’re not really that focused on winning awards – we’re much more focused on the compensation we win for our clients.

However, it is nice to be recognised by the Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Compensation Law firm for Work Injury, Public Liability and Motor Vehicle Accident Claims – especially since we’re a smaller, boutique firm, not one of the big guys!


Win Rate across all claim types

We know this sounds high, but we’ve done the math, and it’s accurate! How can this be so high? Simple, we investigate every single case we take on, to ensure we know we can win.

This doesn’t mean we just take ‘easy cases’, in fact we’re known for taking on cases other firms won’t – we just work harder and look at every possible angle.

5 Star

Client Satisfaction Rate

We put a lot of stock in what our clients think of us and of their experience working with us. At the end of every case we ask for feedback – what we did well and what we can do better.

Something about the way we work is clearly working, because we have a resounding 5 Star Satisfaction Rate from our clients – and a lot of wonderful feedback about their cases with us.

What do clients say about
working with Best?

Ryan Stehlik from Best Injury Lawyers and his team are without a doubt the best law firm I have dealt with. He was very clear of the process every step of the way. Not only did Ryan achieve a great result, but his service was always very professional, was always focused on the matter and was always available to discuss any questions.
Alan M.
A big thank you to the team at Best Injury Lawyers. Outstanding services across all elements, from communication, the efficiency in their work and dedication they show throughout. My entire experience was stress free, Ryan in particular is an amazing lawyer who provides constructive legal advice, reassurance, and exceptional client service. Nothing but pure professionalism from Best Injury Lawyers. Number one law firm
Julia K
Quality plaintiff lawyers who have their client’s best interests at heart are hard to come by, but Ryan is definitely one of them. Professional and personable, he is certainly the only plaintiff lawyer I would recommend to friends/family.
Elanor F.
I would highly recommend Ryan and his team to represent you should you require his services. Ryan and his team are professional, will tell you what you need to know and keep you informed every step of the way. They are a pleasure to deal with and take all the stress out of your claim for you.
Arch D.