Simeon S. Poles helps clients in a range of industries navigate complex commercial litigation disputes, including those involving data privacy, cybersecurity, and technology issues, regulatory matters involving banking and antitrust, and class action litigation. He has experience with matters heard in both state and federal courts, and he has participated in every stage of the life-cycle of a case: from the inception of litigation through discovery and all the way to the courtroom.
Simeon is a member of the firm’s Commercial, Securities and Antitrust Litigation Division, as well as a member of the firm’s interdisciplinary Privacy and Data Protection subgroup. He also participates in the firm’s robust pro bono program, and has handled a variety of matters that includes second-chair representation at proceedings in federal court under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction to reunite a father with his abducted daughter.
Additionally, Simeon serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, an organization established in 1787 and invested with authority under Pennsylvania law to oversee the conditions of the Commonwealth’s prisons and to help ensure the humane treatment of its prisoners.
Simeon served as law clerk to the Hon. Gerald A. McHugh of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the 2019-2020 term.
Simeon is a 2017 graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he was a Staff Writer for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, received the Arthur J. Kania Prize in Professional Ethics, and was elected by his peers to be Student Speaker at the commencement ceremony.
- Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D., 2017
- Staff Writer, Villanova Environmental Law Journal
- Temple University, B.A., 2012
Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2017-2019, 2020-present
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Gerald A. McHugh, 2019-2020
Selected Speaking Engagements
Moderator, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Ethics, Values and the WordPress Community,” WordCamp Philly, October 27, 2018
Panelist, "One Month to GDPR Enforcement: Final Preparations and Review," The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Webinar Series, April 10, 2018 (video replay)
Speaker, "Cyber Security and Global Data Privacy," Duane Morris, Deloitte and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), December 14, 2017
Panelist, "Six Months Before GDPR: Why GDPR Is Relevant to U.S. Businesses and How You Can Comply," The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Webinar Series, November 30, 2017 (video replay)
Defending merger of prosthetics manufacturers against alleged violations of the Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act in Federal Trade Commission administrative proceeding.
Won motion to dismiss for a major bank in Florida State Court in a dispute brought by investors in a South Florida real estate company alleging violation of Florida's Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization Act.
Advised government organization regarding revisions to standard operating procedure for the Office of the Inspector General.
Represented a multinational investment bank in obtaining a unanimous ruling from a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) arbitration panel, which granted the client’s motion to dismiss and declared that the churning and suitability claims against the client were ineligible for submission to arbitration.
Represented multinational corporation in the formation of a joint venture following an in-depth investigation of the proposed transaction by the United States Federal Trade Commission. This cross-border matter also received clearance in China, Germany, and South Korea.
Performed pre-publication review of news stories for television stations.
Represented Otto Bock HealthCare North America, Inc. in FTC investigation and litigation. FTC Docket No. 9378
Representing former shareholders in Avee Laboratories Inc. who objected to Abbott Laboratories bid to dismiss a fiduciary breach claim in a breach of contract dispute over a $36 million merger escrow allegedly used for disputed company settlements of fraudulent drug-testing claims against Avee.
Successfully defended executive against breach of fiduciary duty claims; plaintiff had sued for $5.3 million, court awarded approximately $22,000 after trial (Delaware Court of Chancery).
Represented a trustee of mortgage backed securities in a jury trial on a mortgage loan default claim and defense of a RICO counterclaim, successfully settling case during trial.