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Background

Caroline Simons works with clients in practice areas spanning white collar criminal defense and investigations, complex commercial litigation, and cybersecurity. She represents clients facing scrutiny by state and federal prosecutors as well as regulatory agencies, and has experience defending clients against allegations of fraud against the United States, securities fraud, pay-to-play violations, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and public corruption. Ms. Simons also 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, Ms. Simons 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, Ms. Simons represents companies who have been the victims of cyberattacks, and have advised technology and cybersecurity companies on data protection policies and compliance with evolving statutes and regulatory guidance.

Ms. Simons 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 cases, and currently represents children in asylum proceedings in conjunction with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). In 2013-14, Ms. Simons 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.

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 

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)

Beyond the Basics:  Understanding and Maximizing Enforcement of Your Trade Secrets in the Global Age​, with Thomas Frongillo and Natalie Arbaugh, a Fish INSIGHTS webinar (May 18, 2016)​
LEAD Dallas Retreat, Cybersecurity Panel with Gus Coldebella (May 13, 2016)

Experience

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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
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
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
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
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, Gus P. Coldebella, Caroline K. Simons
IP Litigation
White Collar
News
February 17, 2017
Fish Files Amicus Brief in Support of Challenge to Immigration Executive Order
Press Release
Fish Litigation Blog
February 3, 2017
What Will Happen to the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement?
What Will Happen to the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement?
Authors: Thomas Chisena, Gus P. Coldebella, Caroline K. Simons
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
August 29, 2016
Short-Sellers Partnering with Hackers: Exploiting Cybersecurity Fears for Short-Term Profit
Short-Sellers Partnering with Hackers: Exploiting Cybersecurity Fears for Short-Term Profit
Author: Caroline K. Simons
Cybersecurity
Event
October 17th, 2017 | 8:00 am EDT
2017 ChIPs Global Summit: Mock Pitch Exercise
2017 ChIPs Global Summit: Mock Pitch Exercise
Sponsorship
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
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