Simon works at the intersection of dispute resolution and legal innovation. As a tech entrepreneur and mediator, he has founded and advised multiple legal tech companies, along with writing and teaching online dispute resolution for the past 10 years.
Simon is the former Vice President of Partnerships for Legaler and President of Legaler Aid. He recently served on the State Bar of California’s Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) Task Force. Previously, Simon was Head of Operations and Chief of Staff, Trust & Safety at Lime. Simon also co-founded Disputly (formerly LegalWin). Earlier, he founded Magnify, a contract company summarizing terms and conditions of popular websites (acquired). Simon advises multiple legal tech companies and the Legal Tech Fund. Simon was a member of the Accord Project Dispute Resolution Working Group (building guidelines and open source code for smart legal contracts). He was also appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). He served on NACIQI from 2013 to 2019. As a mediator he previously led efforts to build the first San Francisco online dispute resolution system for landlord-tenant disputes. He is a Truman Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar, and Bezos Scholar. Simon studied at Cornell University (BS in Industrial and Labor Relations) and Mitchell Scholar at Maynooth University in Ireland (MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention). In 2010, he led his hometown high school to win the first Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, resulting in President Barack Obama speaking at graduation (the first sitting President to do so). He currently lives in San Francisco, California.
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