Christopher M. SimonPartner
Thank you for taking the time to read up on my background. I will cover some of the dry academic points and then I will go over my philosophy for handling cases.
I spent the first ten years of my life in Europe and graduated from High School outside of Washington D.C. I attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 1993 with a degree in Foreign Affairs. After a year in banking, I went on to obtain my law degree from Mercer University in 1997.
I spent the next nine years trying cases for insurance companies including USAA, Liberty Mutual, Cotton States, Reliance, Montgomery, Great West and a variety of others. My practice grew more specialized and I was hired away from a trucking defense firm to handle complex cases for Liberty Mutual.
Fed up with the lack of interaction with my clients and thankless hours, I decided to use my trial skills to help the victims of these companies. Over 20 years of practice, there are few insurance issues and fact patterns that I have yet to see.
I was chosen as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers Nationally by the National Trial Lawyers, my peers selected me to Georgia Trend Magazine's "Legal Elite" list and I was selected as a Rising Star by Law and Politics' Super Lawyers Magazine from 2009-2011. When I turned 40, I was selected to the Super Lawyers list and am on their Blue Ribbon Panel as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Georgia. These things are important, but they are only a reason why you should sit down for a consultation with our firm. After you meet us, your head and your heart will lead you to the correct decision.
As far as my philosophy, I am a firm believer in the 10,000 hour rule as discussed Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers. He proposed that there is a point where a business person or artist has put over 10,000 hours into their craft and it becomes second nature to them. The work begins to have a flow to it that is hard to categorize or chart; I agree.
One of the great strengths that I bring to my clients is my ability to quickly grasp the challenge facing their family and tailor a path through the difficult times. Getting through serious injuries often involves a financial balancing act and time is a luxury. Although insurance claims involve a cumbersome and slow series of formal steps, I do my best to explain the bottlenecks and long term strategy. If I tell a client that it will take a number of months to solve a problem or to obtain the correct settlement, I also point out the alternatives and the dollar cost to short cuts.
Injury claims and litigation are complex and we pride ourselves on our ability to boil the issues down to their components. Lawsuits are not quick or easy, but my clients always know where they are going and why.
The tort system was designed to balance the scales and to right wrongs. Many prospective clients have told me that they feel uncomfortable hiring a lawyer to handle an injury case and I understand that. I believe that hesitancy flows from the distasteful advertising that is so prevalent on TV these days. Our firm is 180 degrees from that model. We treat our client, our opponent and the system with respect. We will go to the mat for the client but we do it in a way that seeks a fair result that reflects the character of the client and the firm.
When I am not litigating and writing, I live in Buckhead with my two children, ages 12 and 15. My children are enrolled at the Westminster Schools and the boy, at least, is heavily involved in NYO sports; the girl, not so much. She would rather chill at Starbucks. I am an avid kayaker, blogger and Land Rover off-road enthusiast.
I look forward to hearing from you.
J.D., Mercer University Law School, 1997
Am. Jur. Criminal Law, Property Law
B.A., Foreign Affairs, The University of Virginia, 1993
Federal District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 2001
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1998
Georgia Supreme Court, 1998
State Bar of Georgia Membership No. 646922
Member Since: 1997
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2007
Speaker GTLA Annual Meeting April 16, 2009,2011, 2014
Buckhead Bar Association
Member Since: 2009