Jeffrey Simes, Chair of Goodwin’s Litigation Department and a member of its Business Litigation Group, focuses his practice on complex business litigation, including international and domestic arbitrations, securities and corporate governance disputes, government and internal investigations, and partnership and commercial claims and disputes. Mr. Simes has worked on a wide variety of significant civil cases in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate level throughout the country, as well as in various arbitral forums in the United States and abroad.
In addition to leading the firm’s Litigation Department, Mr. Simes serves on Goodwin’s Executive and Management Committees and previously served on the firm’s Partnership Committee. He maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on education, homelessness and poverty issues, and has been recognized by the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar, and the Legal Aid Society for his efforts.
Mr. Simes' civil litigation includes both international and domestic arbitration as well as litigation in state and federal courts. Although he practices most frequently in tribunals that address complex business issues (such as New York and Delaware), his practice is international and his clients range from Global 500 companies to emerging technology companies. Mr. Simes regularly handles the gamut of business and corporate litigations and arbitrations including commercial, post-closing and "busted deal" disputes, shareholder derivative actions, partnership disputes and other matters involving allegations of business torts, fraud and breaches of contract or fiduciary duties. He also conducts internal investigations for various clients into diverse issues including alleged accounting improprieties, share and option granting issues and compliance. In addition, Mr. Simes counsels companies, both domestic and foreign, as to investigations and government inquiries.
Mr. Simes has prior experience as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney's Office where he tried numerous criminal cases. In addition to being an experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Simes also has a successful appellate practice.
- A global electronics firm and its subsidiaries in the U.S. and Europe in an international arbitration with a major customer
- A global pharmaceutical company in an international arbitration with a key distributor
- A major consulting firm against retired partners on three continents
- A private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of a defense contractor
- A leading international security and armored car company in connection with its acquisition of an American subsidiary
- A technology company in a post-closing dispute against its acquirer, a major private equity firm
- A pharmaceutical company in a derivative lawsuit brought by a major investor
- A major electronics manufacturer as to alleged accounting improprieties
- A UK-based pharmaceutical company in connection with allegations of drug testing irregularities
- A web-based technology company as to stock option granting practices
With prior experience as a public school teacher in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Simes has performed significant pro bono work in the area of education. Mr. Simes was lead counsel on behalf of a class of homeless families in Suffolk County seeking to improve homeless children's access to public schooling. Mr. Simes was also involved in litigation to improve public school funding for New York City schools, raised challenges to teacher qualification regulations of the U.S. Department of Education and has successfully represented students with disabilities.
Mr. Simes is also a member of the board of directors of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty as well as the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, for which he has served as chair of the Education Committee.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Simes was an attorney at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York City.
In 2001-02, Mr. Simes was on leave from Goodwin to serve as Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County (MA). In this capacity, he prosecuted numerous crimes in the Cambridge District Court.
Mr. Simes has been awarded the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Award and the Pro Bono Publico Award of the American Bar Association in recognition of his numerous pro bono efforts. He has also been named a New York Super Lawyer in Business Litigation.
Mr. Simes publishes and speaks regularly on issues pertaining to business litigation and arbitration including:
- “The Absolute Mediators,” Legal Week Global Corporate Counsel Forum (October 7, 2014)
- “Foundational Principles,” PLI (August 11, 2014)
- “Writing for Transactional Lawyers,” PLI (August 11, 2014)
- “10 Tips for Crafting a Forum Selection Clause,” Law 360 (March 21, 2014)
- “Preserving Privileged Materials in the Wake of Great Hill,” Commercial Litigation Insider (February 11, 2014)
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996 (cum laude)
- M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School , 1996 (Kennedy Fellow)
- B.A., Yale University, 1990 (summa cum laude)
Mr. Simes is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York and the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. Mr. Simes has also appeared pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions.