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Norman C. Simon has litigated numerous commercial matters at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration. He also has represented companies and individuals in a variety of investigations. As part of his diverse practice, Mr. Simon has particular expertise in advertising law and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the field. He has litigated many false advertising disputes in federal court under the Lanham Act. He also regularly represents clients in challenges before the National Advertising Division (NAD) and the National Advertising Review Board (NARB). He also has experience with consumer fraud class actions. Mr. Simon counsels clients on prospective claims and frequently speaks and publishes on advertising law. Mr. Simon’s varied commercial litigation experience includes contract and licensing disputes, as well as employment matters. For example, he recently represented a large financial institution in a federal action commenced by a former high-level employee alleging various breaches of contract, successfully dismissing all claims on summary judgment. Levion v. Societe Generale, 822 F. Supp. 2d 390, 397 (S.D.N.Y. 2011), aff’d, 2012 WL 5861809 (2nd Cir. Nov. 20, 2012). For the same client, he won a motion to compel arbitration of breach of contract and discrimination claims brought in federal court by a former high-level employee. Lismore v. Societe Generale Energy Corp., 2012 WL 3577833 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 17, 2012). Mr. Simon also regularly represents companies and individuals in connection with complex and high-profile investigations. For example, he led a team investigating estate and third party claims on behalf of the Unsecured Creditors Committee of a major mortgage services company in the largest chapter 11 case filed in 2012, In re Residential Capital, LLC, No. 12-12020 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.). Mr. Simon developed a theory of liability against the debtors’ parent, Ally Financial, Inc. (“AFI”) that resulted in AFI nearly tripling its original proposed plan contribution from $750 million to $2.1 billion – substantially increasing expected recoveries by all ResCap creditors. Mr. Simon represented Bear Stearns in the criminal investigation of the collapse of two hedge funds related to the sub-prime mortgage crisis, as well as in related civil derivative cases. He also represented a senior scientist of a major pharmaceutical company in connection with government investigations and civil proceedings involving the development and marketing of a leading pain medication.Chambers USA – which rates Kramer Levin’s advertising litigation practice as one of the nation’s best – recognized Mr. Simon as an up-and-coming partner in 2013 and 2014, noting that he has done “excellent work in Lanham Act false advertising cases.” Legal 500 US – which also ranks Kramer Levin as “‘one of the best’ advertising litigation firms” in the nation – has recognized him as a “leading lawyer” in the field for five years (2009-14), who clients describe as a “great commercial litigator” known for his “practical approach and deep expertise,” and who “consistently delivers a high level of service and results.” Mr. Simon also has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer in 2011-14.Mr. Simon chairs Kramer Levin’s E-Discovery Practice. He regularly advises clients on data retention obligations and has conducted internal investigations concerning data loss. He has handled numerous electronic discovery disputes.Mr. Simon is a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. He has litigated a large number of pro bono cases, several of which have been high profile and precedent setting in the area of LGBT civil rights. Mr. Simon is co-chair of the board of directors of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation.