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Joseph S. Simms

Koehler Fitzgerald LLC

Cleveland, OH, USA


Joseph S. Simms is a partner at Koehler Fitzgerald LLC who focuses his practice on commercial and business litigation, complex securities litigation and arbitration, and regulatory investigations and inquiries for financial institutions.

With over two decades of legal experience, Mr. Simms specializes in complex business disputes, commercial litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He represents public and private companies and individuals in the financial services, banking, brokerage, insurance, real estate, manufacturing, and construction industries in a wide array of cases involving breach of contract and fraud claims, issues relating to claims of unfair competition and trade secrets violations, and general tort litigation. His primary focus is complex securities litigation and arbitration, financial institution litigation, regulatory investigations and inquiries, and broker-dealer liability defense, in which he represents brokers, broker-dealers, investment advisors, banks, and insurance companies in claims involving allegations of professional misconduct.

An accomplished litigator and counselor, Mr. Simms has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list, a designation reserved for only 5% of Ohio lawyers, and has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking, AV Preeminent®. According to feedback obtained during the rating process, Mr. Simms was described as an attorney who "excels at determining a strategy that is cost-effective for the client and then expertly executing that strategy through top-notch work product and advocacy," and was recognized as an "excellent lawyer with a wide range of experience and knowledge," who is "among the top defense counsel in the broker-dealer bar."

Mr. Simms also writes and speaks frequently throughout the State of Ohio and nationwide on topics of interest to litigators and financial services professionals, and is an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). He also serves as the co-chair of the Securities Arbitration Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section, and is the Secretary and Immediate Past Treasurer of the Litigation Section of the Ohio State Bar Association.

When Mr. Simms is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering for various organizations that help improve the lives, health, well-being and education of the children of our community.

Joseph S. Simms is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings - Securities Arbitration 2017, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings - Securities Arbitration 2017, Thursday, September 28, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings - Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings, Thursday, September 28, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings - Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings, Thursday, September 28, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings - Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities Arbitration Hearings, Thursday, September 28, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Securities Arbitration 2017, Wednesday, October 04, 2017, New York, NY
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