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Simon Lee

Shareholder | slee@smsm.com
Shareholder | New York, NY
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Simon Lee is a shareholder in Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney’s New York office. Mr. Lee is an experienced trial and appellate litigator, who has successfully represented various corporations and governmental entities in intricate construction litigation, product liability, premises liability, toxic tort, and negligence cases. Mr. Lee is also experienced in professional liability, commercial and contract matters, and other civil litigation. 

Mr. Lee exerts unsurpassed efforts to prepare the best case for his clients. He has significant trial experience and has successfully argued and drafted briefs in New York appellate courts.  Notably, Mr. Lee has achieved lower verdict awards by presenting favorable evidence to juries, or through the post-trial and appellate process. He regularly argues and prepares motions, conducts and defends depositions, and obtains favorable results in settlement negotiations and mediation. 

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge in 2008, Mr. Lee represented prominent New York medical care providers in professional negligence cases.

Mr. Lee is active in the recruitment and diversity efforts in the firm's New York office, serving on both the NY Hiring Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is also a member of the firm’s Technology Committee. 

Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers Rising Star list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2014-2017)

Representative Matters

  • Bermingham v. Atlantic Concrete Cutting, 2018 NY Slip Op 02246 (1st Dept., Decided on March 29, 2018): secured a reduced jury verdict through post-trial motion and appeal in a construction accident case at the WTC Memorial. The jury originally awarded a total of $1.825 million for damages. Upon post-trial motion and appeal, the First Department affirmed the granting of a new trial on damages and reduced the total verdict to $900,000.
  • Successfully obtained liability on a contractual indemnification claim for a governmental entity on a high-exposure, traumatic accident case.
  •  Maragliano v. Port Authority, 119 A.D.3d 534, 987 N.Y.S.2d 885 (2nd Dept. 2014): obtained summary judgment on behalf of the Port Authority on the basis that it did not have an ownership interest in the location of the traumatic construction accident, which was affirmed by the Second Department on appeal.
  • In 2014, successfully second-chaired a damages trial in Bronx County Supreme Court, wherein a carpenter fell approximately 14 feet from a scaffold and sustained multiple spinal fractures which required an eight (8) level spinal fusion. Plaintiff’s counsel sought over $18 million in damages from the jury, which only awarded a total of $2.34 million. 
  • Obtained a dismissal of a lead paint exposure case in Nassau County Supreme Court in 2013.
  • In 2013, second-chaired a liability and damages trial in New York County Supreme Court against a train conductor who allegedly closed the doors and dragged a passenger. Upon the close of plaintiff’s case, successfully argued for the dismissal of the conductor.
  • Jones v. Riese Organization, 93 A.D.3d 598, 941 N.Y.S.2d 118 (1st Dept. 2012): Secured a complete dismissal of the action for trespass/nuisance, negligence and permanent injunction stemming from chimney emissions, by arguing that the action was barred by res judicata, collateral estoppel, and statute of limitations. The order was affirmed by the First Department on appeal.
  • Fritz v. Sports Authority, 91 A.D.3d 712, 936 N.Y.S.2d 310 (2nd Dept. 2012): skillfully opposed a summary judgment motion for contractual indemnification, which was affirmed by the Second Department.
  • Negotiated a complete discontinuance of a property dispute action between two neighboring condominiums, where plaintiff alleged property damage and sought to compel compliance with local building regulations.  
  • CSC Scientific Company, Inc. v. Manorcare Health Services, Inc. (08-CV-10207 SDNY): Obtained a complete dismissal of Federal Court action seeking to recover settlement funds, wherein the plaintiff had sought recovery for contractual indemnification, common law indemnification, and breach of contract.

Education

Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (2006)

University of Michigan, B.A., Economics (2002)

Admissions

  • New York, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York