Simon Casinader is a lawyer at K & L Gates based in Melbourne, Australia. Simon practices in intellectual property law, focusing on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for clients, including trade marks, copyright and designs.
Future Problem Solving (FPS) has been part of Simon’s personal and professional life for nearly twenty years. At school, Simon was a member of a GIPS team that placed in the top six teams for three years in a row at the Australian National Finals, and was Senior Presentation of Action Plan Champions in both 2004 and 2005. In 2005, in recognition of his contributions to FPS at his school and on a wider level, Simon was presented with the Australian E. Paul Torrance Award for Student Contribution to FPS.
Whilst at school, Simon qualified as an FPS evaluator and still evaluates for the Australian program over 12 years later. In 2006, after leaving school, Simon attended IC as a GIPS evaluator. Whilst studying a double degree in Law and Science at Monash University, Simon coached GIPS teams at his old school to the Australian National Finals and for many years, he has served on the Australian National Committee, filling the roles of Assistant Evaluation Co-ordinator (2005-present) and Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) Co-ordinator (2013-present).
For Simon, FPS has not only provided him with the foundation of many of the skills and attributes that have served him well in his chosen profession, but it has also been the basis of many friendships that have stood the test of time. FPS has played a fundamental role in Simon’s personal and professional life, and continues to do so to this very day.