Bruce L. Simon
||San Francisco, California
Bruce L. Simon has led Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP to national prominence.
Mr. Simon specializes in complex cases involving antitrust, consumer fraud
and securities. He has served as lead counsel in many business cases with
national and global impact.
In 2013, Mr. Simon was chosen as one of the Top 100 attorneys in California
by the Daily Journal. He received a CLAY award from California Lawyer
magazine as one of the attorneys of the year for his work in the
In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation trial and settlements. and was also selected as one of the seven finalists
for Consumer Attorneys of California's Consumer Attorney of the Year
award. Mr. Simon was included in the Top 100 for Super Lawyers, and has
been selected as a Super Lawyer ten years in a row. He also received a
Trial Lawyer Excellence award in Chicago from the Law Bulletin for the
settlement reached in
In re Potash Antitrust Litigation (II)
. He has attained Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating (AV) for legal
ability and ethical standards.
Mr. Simon was co-lead class counsel in
In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, a case where he and the firm obtained $473 million in settlements. He
was also co-lead trial counsel in that case and obtained an $87 million
jury verdict before trebling.
TFT-LCD is considered to be one of the largest antitrust MDL class actions in
the United States.
Mr. Simon was also co-lead counsel in
In re Potash Antitrust Litigation (II), a case which challenged a decades old international cartel that controlled
one of the primary ingredients in fertilizer. The case resulted in $90
million in settlements for the direct purchasers. Before the case settled,
a panel of the Seventh Circuit reversed the trial court's upholding
of the complaint. However, in an
en banc review by the Seventh Circuit, Mr. Simon presented oral argument and achieved
a unanimous 8-0 decision denying the defendants' motion to dismiss.
The opinion issued by the Court is one of the most significant decisions
regarding the scope of international antirust conspiracies.
Mr. Simon also recently represented a generic brand drug company in an
individual case alleging that the brand name manufacturer had filed false
citizens petitions to delay the entry of the generic drug unto the market.
The case resulted in a significant confidential settlement right before trial.
Mr. Simon currently serves as co-lead counsel or on the executive committee
in the following cases:
Minn-Chem, Inc. et al. v. Agrium Inc., et al., 683 F.3d 845 (7th Cir. 2012)
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
- J.D. – 1980
- University of California, Berkeley, California - A.B. – 1977
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Unfair Competition and Business Torts, LexisNexis, with Justice Conrad L. Rushing and Judge Elia Weinbach (Updated 2013)
The Questionable Use of Rule 11 Motions to Limit Discovery and Eliminate
Allegations in Civil Antitrust Complaints in the United States, ABA International Cartel Workshop February 2012, with Aaron M. Sheanin
Class Action for Health Professionals, chapter from
Advocacy Strategies for Health and Mental Health Professionals, Springer Publishing Co., 2011, with Thomas K. Boardman, Stuart L. Lustig, Editor
The Collaboration Between Public Entities and Private Counsel: Prosecuting
Cases that Otherwise Might Not Be Brought, Competition, Vol. 19, Issue 2 (Fall 2010), with William J. Newsom
Strategies for Contending with the Continued Decline in Civility in the
Legal Profession, Consumer Attorneys of California, Don L. Galine Hawaii Seminar, November
30, 2010, with Alexander R. Safyan.
Reverse Engineering Your Antitrust Case: Plan for Trial Even Before You
File Your Case, Antitrust, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring 2014.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section, Advisor
and Past Chair
- ABA Antitrust Section Plaintiffs Task Force, Co-Chair
- ABA International Cartel Workshop, Steering Committee
- American Association for Justice, Business Torts Section, Past Chair
- Business Torts Section of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Past Chair
- Cambridge Antitrust Forum
- Hastings College of the Law, Board of Directors
- Public Justice Foundation
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- Special Counsel to the California State Senate Committee on Insurance
- San Mateo County Civil Litigation Committee for the Establishment of the
Complex Department of the Superior Court
- The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, Board Member
- Hastings College of the Law, Board of Directors