Michael H. Simon

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Michael H. Simon
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Assumed office
June 22, 2011
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byAncer L. Haggerty
Personal details
Michael Howard Simon

(1956-12-01) December 1, 1956 (age 62)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s)Suzanne Bonamici
ParentsDanny Simon
Arlene Friedman
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Michael Howard Simon (born December 1, 1956) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

Early life and education[edit]

Simon was born in New York City in 1956. He was the older of two children born to Danny Simon and Arlene Friedman.[1] Simon's father was a television comedy writer, and his uncle Neil Simon was an acclaimed playwright.[2] Simon earned his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 1978 from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1981 from Harvard Law School.[3] He is married to Democratic U. S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

From 1981 until 1986, Simon served as a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, in Washington, D.C., where he handled both civil and criminal antitrust matters.[3] During his time with the DOJ, Simon also served in 1985 as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. In 1986, Simon joined the law firm of Perkins Coie, where he specialized in business litigation in both state and federal court and acted as head of litigation for the firm's Portland office. After becoming a partner with the firm in 1990, he handled several high-profile First Amendment cases on a pro bono basis.[3][5]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On July 14, 2010, President Obama nominated Simon to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Oregon to fill the seat vacated by Judge Ancer L. Haggerty, who had taken senior status in August 2009.[6][7] Simon's nomination lapsed at the end of 2010, and Obama renominated him on January 5, 2011. On February 17, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported Simon's nomination to the full United States Senate in a 14–4 vote.[8] In his committee questionnaire, Simon encountered questions from Republican senators about his past work as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.[9] On June 21, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed Simon in a 64–35 vote.[10] He received his commission on June 22, 2011.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Neuhaus, Cable (June 27, 1983). "Comedy Writer Danny Simon Nurses An Old Wound—the Frustration of Being Neil Simon's Brother". People. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Mapes, Jeff (May 27, 2011). "Suzanne Bonamici brings financial assets to potential congressional race". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-names-five-united-states-district-court-0
  4. ^ Duin, Steve (August 6, 2011). "In the wake of David Wu case, accusations fly in Oregon's First District". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Simon, Michael Howard – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  6. ^ "President Obama Names Five to United States District Court". Office of the Press Secretary. The White House. July 14, 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  7. ^ http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-nominations-and-withdrawal-sent-senate-71410
  8. ^ Justice, Alliance For (17 February 2011). "Justice Watch: Obama Nominates Two District Court Judges, Four Other Nominees Sent to the Senate Floor".
  9. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20160404213859/http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/112thCongressJudicialNominations/upload/MichaelSimon-QFRs.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 4, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/112thCongress.cfm

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Ancer L. Haggerty
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon