Wes Simon

Wes handles a range of legal issues with a focus on Criminal and Civil Litigation. His experience as a former Public Defender and Criminal Defense Attorney has yielded a great deal of trial know how in both Bench and Jury Trials, as has his experience representing clients who have been injured by the negligence of another.

The foundation of a good attorney client relationship is trust. Wes has spent years helping his clients by first listening to their needs and then counseling them to help get them the best result. Probably the most important thing an attorney can do is first listen, and then make sure a client understands all of their options before they make decision.

Bar Admissions:         

Commonwealth of Virginia      2004
Eastern District of Virginia       2006
Western District of Virginia     2009

Education:

Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Juris Doctor, May 2004
Honors: Pro Bono Honors Program

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Bachelor of Arts, May 2000
Major: Psychology

Experience:

The Stuart Simon Law Firm, Richmond, Virginia
            Associate Attorney

  • Traffic, Misdemeanor and Felony Cases in State and Federal Courts
  • Personal Injury Negotiating and Litigation
  • Contract Review and Drafting
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Domestic and Estate Planning
  • Juvenile GAL and Criminal

Wes B. Simon, P.L.C., Norfolk, Virginia

Managing Attorney/Owner                                            October 2009 – November 2011

  • Managed and operate solo practice
  • Personally handled all client relations, marketing and office management
  • Prepared and litigated criminal matters in State and Federal Courts
  • Specialized in traffic, misdemeanor, and felony defense for adults and juveniles

Rabinowitz, Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove, P.C., Norfolk, Virginia

Associate Attorney                                                       September 2006 – 2009

  • Litigate criminal and civil cases in both State and Federal Courts
  • Preparing, negotiating, and litigating plaintiff’s cases, with emphasis on personal injury
  • Handling of felony and misdemeanor defense in all local courts

Chesapeake Public Defender’s Office, Chesapeake, Virginia

Assistant Public Defender                                             November 2004 – August 2006

  • As first attorney hired, assisted in organizing and setting the newly created PD office
  • Prepare and litigate criminal trials of felony, misdemeanor and juvenile matters (certified in all areas)
  • Tried numerous cases in General District, Circuit and Juvenile Courts – both bench and jury

Certifications:

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Certified Court Appointed Attorney for felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases; Guardian ad Litem for Minors (pending recertification); Guardian ad Litem for Incapacitated Adults (pending recertification)

Legal Memberships & Activities:

Member Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Executive Committee; Chair of Young Lawyers Section 2010 – 2011, Treasurer of Young Lawyers Section 2009 – 2010; Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Public Relations Committee Member; NPBA Mock Trial Team Coach (4 Years); VTLA Member; Mid-Atlantic Black Law Student Association Trial and Moot Court Judge (2010); Regent University Mock Interview Advisor

Community Activities:

Simon Family Jewish Community Center Board of Directors (2009 – 2011); Super Sunday Fundraiser Chairman (2010); United Federation of Tidewater Cabinet Member, Young Adult Division (2007 – 2011).

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