When John Simon founded The Simon Law Firm, P.C. in 2000, he sought to establish a practice where the best interests of the firm's clients would always come first. As a result, the firm attracted like-minded attorneys and quickly became acclaimed for its work in plaintiffs' personal injury litigation. Since the firm's founding, it has built a reputation as one of Missouri's most unique litigation practices, as well as one of its most successful, obtaining more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
Today, The Simon Law Firm, P.C. is ranked Tier 1 in St. Louis by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in seven practice areas: personal injury litigation - plaintiffs; medical malpractice law – plaintiffs; product liability litigation - plaintiffs; mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs; litigation – patent; and litigation – intellectual property. Additionally, while many of the firm's members have achieved nationwide recognition for their skill in litigation, in 2018, three of the firm's attorneys were named by Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in St. Louis: John G. Simon, Tony Simon, and Amy Collignon Gunn.
"The success of our firm is based overwhelmingly on how we treat our clients, and that attitude has done more to grow our practice than anything else," says John, named 2018 St. Louis Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for personal injury litigation – plaintiffs.
For 30 years, John has devoted himself to fighting for the victims of negligence and wrongful death in St. Louis and across the nation. Because of his unparalleled skill and belief in the power of the law, John has secured over 150 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million of more for his clients. "Litigation is an adversarial system, but our approach has been to never lose sight of why we're doing this," says John. "We stay focused on our goal of getting the best results for our clients, and by doing that, everything else has fallen into place."
In 2003, John saw an opportunity to expand the firm's commitment to its clients to the areas of commercial and IP litigation. He began talking with his brother Tony, a patent litigator, about building an intellectual property group. Tony agreed and applied his brother's traditional approach in personal injury litigation to make representation more affordable for clients with commercial and IP disputes.
"When I joined the firm in 2003, I started handling commercial and IP litigation on a contingency fee basis, where we only receive a fee if there's a recovery," notes Tony, named 2018 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for patent litigation in St. Louis. "Not a lot of people were doing that at the time. It is an option that worked well for individuals and smaller companies who otherwise couldn't afford it."
The Simon Law Firm has successfully litigated against some of the world's largest companies, including Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Cisco, and eBay.
The firm's dedication to its clients has translated into significant verdicts and settlements in multiple practice areas. On the personal injury side, the firm has a history of record verdicts, including a $105 million award for a man seriously injured in an exploding tire rim case. In another high-profile case, the firm secured a $41 million verdict for a boxer who suffered severe brain damage due to a hotel's failure to have an ambulance nearby at a boxing match.
The firm's attorneys have achieved many notable settlements, such as a $38 million patent litigation settlement; a $13 million verdict in a patent case; a $9.5 million recovery in a birth defect case; a $10 million result in a complex liability case; an $8 million settlement in a wrongful death case; and a $6.5 million recovery in a product liability suit that resulted in a national recall of the defective product.
"Suffering an injury or losing a loved one is a terrible experience," Amy Collignon Gunn observes. "We understand what that means and are devoted to guiding our clients through every step of the process."
Gunn, named 2018 St. Louis Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for medical malpractice law – plaintiffs, has dedicated her legal career to advocating for clients and their families after their lives have been devastated by the careless and reckless conduct of a doctor, hospital, or corporation. Amy was also named St. Louis "Lawyer of the Year" in 2017 for mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs.
"When it comes to litigation, you have to work hard to get the best results, and the lawyers who work here are dedicated to putting in the time that's necessary to make these cases the best cases they can be for our clients," Gunn says. "And that shows in our results."