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John Simon, 27

Trial lawyer, The Simon Law Firm, St. Louis

Practice areas: Personal injury/product liability, mass torts,

business litigation, 1983 litigation

Law school: Boston College

John Simon may be young but he certainly understands why he’s in a courtroom. “Anytime you speak or advocate on behalf of a client, whether orally or in a brief, it is an honor and a privilege,” he says. “You’re doing it on behalf of someone who cannot do it themselves. That’s an incredible feeling.”

Inspired by his father and grandfather, Simon has quickly established himself as an important part of his firm and an effective trial lawyer.

“He has a zeal for civil justice and possesses the qualities of honesty, fairness and integrity which would prove him to be an excellent associate,” writes his nominator calling him “the definition of what future leaders of the trial bar should strive to be.”

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Everything will get done. The workload can at times be daunting and stressful. But if you prioritize, do one thing at a time, everything will be fine. Keep it all in perspective.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

Honestly, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. But if law hadn’t been an option, my guess is that I’d be in sales or started my own business.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I speak and understand Arabic (Levantine dialects). I can read and write it a little bit.