Joanna L. Simon

Joanna L. Simon


Northeastern University (B.A., 2007)
University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 2010)

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Joanna Simon represents clients in complex and multidistrict litigation, with an emphasis on aviation and pharmaceutical defense. Her experience includes product liability, aviation, pharmaceutical, and general commercial matters. Joanna has also been an integral part of building the firm’s unmanned aircraft systems/drone practice, acting as its associate lead since its inception in 2014.

Since joining the firm in 2010, Joanna has worked on many significant matters, including: protecting pilots’ rights and defending decisions to put airline passenger safety above all else; minimizing the damage of a product recall for a flagship product and improving future processes, while defending business decisions in the company’s first-ever litigation in the United States; challenging a WWII-era document that purports to deprive the client of its fee interest in a very valuable piece of land; and obtaining the first-ever Section 333 exemption for wind turbine inspection using drones, making the client the sole entity authorized by the FAA to perform this type of service and allowing the client to capture additional market share.

Joanna has been involved in all phases of litigation, including fact and expert discovery, motion practice, and trial. She has successfully argued a wide range of motions in both state and federal court, including case-dispositive motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions. She has first- and second-chaired trials on behalf of firm clients. She has also represented clients in administrative proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Because of this work, Joanna was selected as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

She is also dedicated to pro bono work and community involvement. She has received the Wiley W. Manuel Award from the California State Bar 2011 – 2016. She is an active member of Athena San Diego, and is currently on the Leadership Development Committee of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter.

Joanna received her J.D. magna cum laude in 2010 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, she was the chief student comments editor of the San Diego International Law Journal, and a member of the San Diego Appellate Moot Court Executive Board. Joanna also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan in the Southern District of California, and the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn in the Northern District of New York. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Northeastern University in 2007.

Ginena v. Alaska Airlines
Member of trial team that scored a defense verdict for Alaska Airlines in a case brought by a group of first-class passengers who were removed from Alaska Airlines Flight 694 on September 20, 2003. The flight was headed from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Las Vegas but diverted to Reno in order to remove the passengers. We obtained summary judgment of several claims based on the Warsaw Convention, but the remaining claims proceeded to trial. After a three-week trial, the jury of seven returned a unanimous defense verdict on all counts.
Silvey v. Cessna Aircraft Company, et al.
Member of trial team that secured a “take nothing” verdict in favor of Cessna Aircraft Company in a four-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. The jury concluded that the crash of a Cessna Caravan 208B aircraft piloted by plaintiffs’ decedent on November 8, 2002, near Parks, Arizona, was primarily caused by pilot error. Four people, including the pilot, died when the airplane struck the ground at high speed after plummeting from an altitude of 15,000 feet in clouds and icing conditions.
In re Reglan/Metoclopramide Litigation
Representing a major generic pharmaceutical company in hundreds of lawsuits (comprising more than 2,000 individual claims) that have been filed in numerous jurisdictions around the United States, alleging that Reglan/metoclopramide (when prescribed off-label for psychiatric purposes) causes significant side effects and damages health. The cases are pending in mass tort proceedings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California.
Heparin Litigation
Serving as national counsel in numerous cases filed around the United States, alleging side effects from heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). Our client is the largest manufacturer of heparin, a prescription injectable anticoagulant (blood thinner) often used in hemodialysis and cardiac invasive procedures.
In re Cessna 208 Series Aircraft Products Liability Litigation
Served as national coordinating and trial counsel for Cessna in multidistrict, multijurisdiction, serial litigation of wrongful death and personal injury claims in 20 different venues arising from accidents involving Caravan 208B aircraft. Secured complete defense victories on behalf of Cessna in Riverside, California, in 2009 following a three-week jury trial; in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2012 following a four-week jury trial; and in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2014 following a three-and-a-half-week jury trial.

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