C. Simon Davidson


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1999
  • University of Virginia, BA, with Honors, 1996
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Chair, Criminal Law Section, Virginia Bar Association, 2015-2016

Simon represents individuals and organizations under investigation by federal and state agencies such as the DOJ, the SEC, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Office of the Inspector General. He also conducts internal investigations and practices general commercial litigation, including securities class actions, False Claims Act cases and contract disputes.

In addition, Simon advises clients regarding legal and government ethics, including issues arising from interactions with the government. He was the author of “A Question of Ethics,” a longtime column in Roll Call, and is a regular speaker on these topics.

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C. Simon Davidson
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Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

United States of America v. America Online, Inc., Criminal No. 1:04 M 1133 (E.D. Va. 2005). DOJ Investigation of America Online, Inc., and related parties.

Assessment, design and implementation of corporate political law compliance programs.

Representation of industry-leading manufacturer in global cartel investigation involving simultaneous government investigations in the United States, Europe, and Canada.

Defense of international corporations in qui tam actions filed under the False Claims Act.

Advice on Congressional ethics rules.

Numerous corporate internal investigations regarding potential violations of immigration law.

Representation of individuals testifying in SEC investigations involving alleged accounting fraud.

Internal investigations of corporations responding to SEC inquiries regarding insider trading.

Representation of a hedge fund managing partner in defense of an arbitration alleging accounting improprieties and breach of fiduciary duties.

Representation of an international food service company relating to services provided to troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Representation of an international lender regarding a multimillion-dollar contract dispute arising out of construction of a steel mill in the Netherlands.

Santiago v. State of Connecticut, 261 Conn. 533 (2002). Argued a case of first impression regarding appellate jurisdiction in the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Author, "A Question of Ethics: A Biweekly Column," Roll Call, 2007-2015
Author, "Minimizing Gift-Risk Under the Open Government Act," Executive Counsel, December 2010/January 2011
Panelist, "Ethics in Settlement Negotiations," Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section Fall CLE, October 21, 2016
Speaker, "The Ethics of Email and Social Media," American Bar Association Petroleum Marketing Attorney’s Meeting, April 15, 2016
Speaker, "Ethical Issues in Civil Rights and Diversity," Election Law CLE, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the Bipartisan Policy Center, February 13, 2016
Panelist, Political Law 2013: Compliance for Businesses and Staffers, McGuireWoods Seminar with DOJ Officials and Chief Counsels to the Congressional Ethics Committees, June 5, 2013
Speaker, "Pay-to-Play Pitfalls When Contracting with State and Local Governments," 2013 East Coast Regional Compliance and Ethics Conference, SCCE, April 12, 2013
Speaker, "Government Ethics Rules: How Organizations Can Comply," Compliance & Ethics Institute, October 14-17, 2012
Panelist and Host, Political Law 2012: Compliance for Businesses and Congressional Staffers, McGuireWoods Seminar with Chief Counsels to the Congressional Ethics Committees, May 2012
Speaker and Host, "Political Law 2011 - Compliance for Businesses and Staffers," McGuireWoods Seminar with Chief Counsels to the Congressional Ethics Committees, June 2011
Speaker, Congressional Ethics 2010 - Compliance for Businesses and Staffers, McGuireWoods Seminar with Chief Counsels to the Congressional Ethics Committees, May 2010
Speaker, "Spring is in the Air, but ICE Isn’t Going Anywhere," Immigration Compliance and Worksite Enforcement Seminar, McGuireWoods LLP, March 2010
Speaker, "It’s Only Fall, but ICE is Already Here," Immigration Compliance & Worksite Enforcement Seminar, McGuireWoods LLP, October 2009
Speaker, Immigration Worksite Enforcement, August 2009
Speaker, "Congressional Gift Rules Seminar," Roll Call and McGuireWoods Seminar, September 2008
Speaker, "Congressional Ethics, Events and Travel Rules," BNA Training Conference, May 2008
Speaker, "Congressional Gift Rules 101: What Businesses Need to Know," McGuireWoods Web Conference, October 2007
Speaker, "Congressional Ethics 101," George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, April 2007