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Background

Caroline Simons is a trial lawyer who works with clients in practice areas spanning white collar criminal defense and investigations, complex commercial litigation, and cybersecurity. She represents clients facing scrutiny or enforcement proceedings by state and federal prosecutors as well as regulatory agencies, and has experience defending clients against allegations involving securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, extortion, pay-to-play violations, public corruption, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Clean Water Act, and state and federal False Claims Acts. Caroline has helped public and private organizations conduct internal investigations when they suspect misconduct, including fraud, theft of trade secrets, or misuse of funds. Working closely with her clients, she reports to boards and audit committees as needed and advises them on litigation and/or follow-on crisis management, helping her clients to fight back, recover, and move on.

In addition to her work on the criminal and regulatory spaces, Caroline has significant experience representing clients in civil litigation as well. Her practice includes litigating trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, administrative law, False Claims Act, and corporate governance issues, including through appeals. In the cybersecurity field, Caroline represents companies who have been the victims of cyber attacks, and has advised technology and cybersecurity companies on data protection policies and compliance with evolving statutes and regulatory guidance.

Caroline maintains an active pro bono practice. She has drafted amicus briefs in cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, worked on prisoner’s rights, domestic violence, and housing cases, and currently represents children in asylum proceedings in conjunction with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). In 2013-14, Caroline was selected to serve in the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program. In 2017, she was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Mentoring Committee for the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section.

Education

J.D., Columbia University Law School 2008
Journal of Transnational Law, Head Notes Editor​​
 


A.B., Harvard University 2004
Government
cum laude

Admissions

  • New York 2009
  • Massachusetts 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Languages

  • English
  • Cantonese Chinese

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association; Boston Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Section, Mentoring Committee, Co-Chair

Other Distinctions

2017 Up & Coming Lawyer, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Her publication titled, “The Reinvigorated Confrontation Clause: A New Basis to Challenge the Admission of Evidence from Nontestify Forensic Experts in White Collar Prosecutions”, co-authored with Thomas Frongillo, received the IADC 2015 George W. Yancey Memorial Award.

Selected Publications

Defend Trade Secrets Act | The Year in Numbers, Fish Litigation Blog, May 2017

Tough New Cybersecurity Regulations from the New York Department of Financial Services Go Live, Fish Litigation Blog, March 2017.

Short-Sellers Partnering with Hackers: Exploiting Cybersecurity Fears for Short-Term Profit , Fish Litigation Blog, August 2016.

The Interplay of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, Inevitable Disclosure, and Non-Competes, Fish Litigation Blog, August 2016.

5 Ways to Defend Against Ransomware, Fish Litigation Blog, May 2016.

The Reinvigorated Confrontation Clause: A New Basis to Challenge the Admission of Evidence from Nontestify Forensic Experts in White Collar Prosecutions, with Thomas Frongillo, Matthew Knowles, and Jacklyn Essinger. The Champion, April 2013.

Speaking Engagements 

Boston Fish L.E.A.D. event, “Protecting, Defending, and Enforcing your Trade Secrets,” Co-speaker (October 19, 2017)

New York’s Cybersecurity Regulations for the Financial Services Sector – What Do They Mean, and What Is Their Impact?, Fish Webinar (June 13, 2017)

Representing Online Businesses from Inception to Litigation, Faculty, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (March 22, 2017)

Confidential Information and Cybersecurity for Law Firms, Moderator, Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference (June 23, 2016)

LEAD Dallas Retreat, Cybersecurity Panel (May 13, 2016)

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Fish Litigation Blog
August 18, 2017
Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Lessons in Surviving a Motion to Dismiss
Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Lessons in Surviving a Motion to Dismiss
Authors: Claire Collins, Caroline K. Simons
IP Litigation
Trade Secrets
Fish Litigation Blog
May 31, 2017
Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | The Year in Numbers
Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | The Year in Numbers
Authors: Claire Collins, Caroline K. Simons, Jeffrey Shneidman, Ph.D.
IP Litigation
Trade Secrets
News
June 26, 2018
Fish Attorneys Win Not Guilty Verdict in Federal Extortion Case
Press Release
Event
January 27th, 2018 | 6:30 pm EST
2018 Boston Bar Foundation John and Abigail Adams Benefit
2018 Boston Bar Foundation John and Abigail Adams Benefit
Sponsorship
Fish Litigation Blog
December 27, 2017
Massachusetts Patent Litigation Wrap Up – November 2017
Massachusetts Patent Litigation Wrap Up – November 2017
Authors: Claire Collins, Caroline K. Simons
IP Litigation
Event
October 17th, 2017 | 8:00 am EDT
2017 ChIPs Global Summit: Mock Pitch Exercise
2017 ChIPs Global Summit: Mock Pitch Exercise
Sponsorship
Fish Litigation Blog
August 23, 2017
Massachusetts Patent Litigation Wrap Up - July 2017
Massachusetts Patent Litigation Wrap Up - July 2017
Author: Caroline K. Simons
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
June 19, 2017
Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure Meet: Molon Motor and Coil Corp. v. Nidec Motor Corp.
Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure Meet: <i>Molon Motor and Coil Corp. v. Nidec Motor Corp.</i>
Authors: Claire Collins, Caroline K. Simons, Autumn Wu
IP Litigation
Trade Secrets
News
June 8, 2017
Fish Launches DTSA Anniversary Blog Series
Legal Alerts
Event
June 13th, 2017 | 1:00 pm EDT
New York’s Cybersecurity Regulations for the Financial Services Sector - What Do They Mean, and What Is Their Impact?
Cybersecurity,
Webinar
Event
April 27th, 2017
Caroline Simons to be Honored at Excellence in the Law Reception
Caroline Simons to be Honored at Excellence in the Law Reception
Sponsorship
Fish Litigation Blog
March 2, 2017
Tough New Cybersecurity Regulations from the New York Department of Financial Services Go Live
Tough New Cybersecurity Regulations from the New York Department of Financial Services Go Live
Authors: Claire Collins, Caroline K. Simons
IP Litigation
White Collar
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