Mr. Simon obtained his Bachelor's degree in History in 1994 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating magna cum laude with membership in two honors societies - Phi Alpha Theta and Pi Gammu Mu. Upon obtaining his undergraduate degree, Mr. Simon scored a 173 (99.4%) on the National Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and gained admission to the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Mr. Simon graduated from Boalt Hall in 1997 with honors in Contracts, Real Property and Antitrust Law and received the prestigious General S.K. Yee Boalt Hall Scholarship from 1994 through 1997.
In over twenty (20) years of legal practice, Mr. Simon's professional experience has been extensive, advising on a wide variety of different substantive areas of law such as the Sherman Antitrust Act, Clayton Act, Lanham Act, Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA), Federal Wiretap Act, and Federal RICO Act. Mr. Simon is involved routinely as lead counsel in high profile, multi-million dollar litigation in areas including catastrophic personal injury claims, real estate development disputes and complex business litigation at the trial court level and on appeal. His appellate cases, in some instances, have been the subject of law review articles and various federal practice treatises. See e.g. Christy Sports LLC v. Deer Valley Resort Co., 555 F.3d 1188 (10th Cir. 2009).
He has handled numerous jury trials as first and/or second chair successfully and, in some instances, as the only attorney for his client. Some of his trial victories have even been profiled at trial lawyer annual conventions due to the magnitude of the case at issue. Through the course of trying cases, Mr. Simon has drafted, opposed and/or argued hundreds of motions in limine addressing a wide array of evidentiary issues such as subsequent remedial measures, collateral impeachment, admissibility of prior criminal convictions and prior litigation, various Rule 403 issues, spoliation of evidence, admissibility of habit and character evidence, collateral source/health insurance contractual write-off issues, Daubert expert qualification and opinion issues, Rule 701 lay opinion issues, Erie Doctrine issues, and virtually every conceivable hearsay related issue.
Admitted: Utah State Bar; Wyoming State Bar; Federal District Court, District of Utah; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Voted by peers as one of Utah's Legal Elite (several years) as published in Utah Business Magazine
Named Mountain States SuperLawyers, (only 2.5% of lawyers per jurisdiction (Utah) are named to the Rising Star list)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (invitation-only national trial lawyer honorary society peer nominated process - less than 1% of American lawyers are members), 2015-present
Member, American Mensa
Member, Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter, Litigation Section
Master of the Bench, Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court (invitation-only legal society comprised of some of the finest attorneys in the State and many federal and state court judges)
Appointed, American Heart Association Heart Ball Committee, (2013)
Appointed Judicial Committee Chairperson, United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, National Governing Body for the Olympic sports of bobsled and skeleton, 2008-2013
Appointed by Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham (and approved by the Utah Supreme Court's Committee on Professionalism) as an NTLA Supervising Mentor to new Utah attorneys under Utah's revised mandatory Continuing Legal Education reporting guidelines, 2010.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Fellow||Litigation Counsel of America||2019|
|Master of the Bench||Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court||2019|
|America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators||America's Top 100 Attorneys||2019|
|Top Lawyers in Intermountain West||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Super Lawyers, Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2009|
|Utah's Legal Elite||Utah Business Magazine||2009|
|Utah's Legal Elite||Utah Business Magazine||2008|
|Utah's Legal Elite||Utah Business Magazine||2007|
|Named Partner/Attorney||Strachan Strachan & Simon, P.C.||2001 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor of Law||University Of Utah, Sj Quinney College Of Law||2013 - 2018|
|Attorney||Holme Roberts & Owen (merged w/ another multi-national firm)||1999 - 2001|
|Attorney||Giauque Crockett Bendinger & Peterson (merged with a multi-national firm)||1997 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|St. George Chamber of Commerce||Member||2018 - Present|
|Southern Utah Bar Association||Board Member, Officer||2018 - Present|
|Utah Bar Journal||Tenth Circuit Personal Injury Considerations in Personal Injury Cases||2013|
|University of California||J.D.||1997|
|University of California - Los Angeles||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|ASDA Annual Conference||Ethical Considerations||2010|
|State of Utah v. R.J. Reynolds, et al.|
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