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About Simon

Simon's practice covers various fields of commercial litigation, including class actions, insurance disputes, professional malpractice, and post-closing disputes. In addition to regular civil proceedings, he represents clients in obtaining, or defending against, injunctions, seizures before judgment and other extraordinary proceedings. In the course of his practice, he regularly appears before courts and administrative tribunals in Quebec, including for several civil, penal and class action trials.

Simon also advises corporations and individuals in relation to regulatory or criminal matters, such as anti-corruption, competition, securities or financial matters. In this context, he advises clients in responding to search warrants and investigations by government authorities or in conducting internal investigations. He also defends clients in enforcement proceedings brought by government authorities and self-regulatory organizations, including public prosecutors and securities regulators.

Simon has advised national and international corporations on various matters dealing with dispute avoidance and resolution and on compliance with the penal provisions of statutes in Quebec and Canada.

Simon is fluent in French and English.

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  • Defended corporations in dozens of consumer and competition-related class actions

  • Represented the mutual insurer of the large accounting firms in civil proceedings related to the longest-running judicial saga in Canada

  • Advised corporations during the course of investigations by government authorities, including during the execution of search warrants

  • Conducted internal investigations on behalf of public companies

  • Defended the executive of a public company in a securities class action

  • Represented a mining company in the context of one of the most important environmental investigations in Canada

  • Defended health-care, financial and legal professionals and their firms in malpractice claims

  • Represented financial institutions in the context of regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings

  • Represented corporations in cases of alleged fraud, including cases involving provisional injunctions and seizures before judgment

  • Defended electronics manufacturers and distributors in product liability claims

  • Represented purchasers and sellers in the context of pre-closing and post-closing disputes

  • Designated as independent compliance monitor in Canada's first remediation agreement in a monitorship of SNC-Lavalin
Awards & Recognition

Simon is recognized as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2024: Repeatedly Recommended – Litigation – Corporate Commercial; 2021, 2024: Repeatedly Recommended – Class Actions; 2023: Class Actions, Litigation – Product Liability)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 (Class Action Litigation)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2023–2024 (Dispute Resolution: Quebec)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2021–2024 (Future Star)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2020–2024 (Litigation: General Commercial – Quebec)

  • Benchmark Canada's 40 & Under List – 2022–2023
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Class Action Litigation)

Professional Activities

Simon is a member of the New York State Bar, the Montreal Bar, the American Bar Association and the Young Bar Association of Montreal. He is also a member of the Quebec-Japan Business Forum.

At Blakes, Simon is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Speaker : Update on Law of Privilege in Commercial Litigation
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, May 9, 2024.
  • Speaker : Top Class Action Cases and Trends in Canada
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, December 12, 2023.
  • Speaker : Developments in Canadian Securities Litigation
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, November 21, 2023.
  • Moderator : Corporate Criminal Liability (Piercing the Corporate Veil, Parent Company Liability and Successor Liability)
    Lex Mundi Cross Border Investigations Group Meeting, Toronto, October 12, 2023.
  • Moderator : ESG : Soupe à l’alphabet ou outil de lutte contre la corruption?
    Transparency International Canada, May 11, 2023.
  • Speaker : Ce que vous devez savoir sur l'article 224 C) L.P.C., la pratique du "drip pricing" et les récents développements en la matière
    Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, May 3, 2023.
  • Speaker : L’avis de préservation de la preuve au Québec
    Forum juridique de l’ACC Québec, November 15, 2022.
  • Speaker : New Developments in Securities Litigation
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, September 15, 2022.
  • Speaker : Privacy Class Actions in Canada: Recent Trends
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, September 13, 2022.
  • Speaker : Competition Class Actions in Canada: Recent Trends
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, March 2, 2022.
  • Moderator : Case Management of Multijurisdictional Class Actions
    Class Actions Bench and Bar Series, Ontario Bar Association, Webinar, November 9, 2021.
  • Moderator : Class actions and the web giants - privacy, consent and damages
    National Conference on Class Actions, Montreal, Québec, October 21, 2021.
Media Activities
Education

Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 2010
Admitted to the New York State Bar – 2009
BCL/LLB (With Great Distinction), McGill University – 2008

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