C. Simon Davidson Counsel

Simon represents individuals and organizations under investigation by federal and state agencies. He also conducts corporate internal investigations and practices complex commercial litigation, including class actions, multi-district litigation, False Claims Act cases and contract disputes.

In addition, Simon advises clients regarding attorney-client privilege and legal and government ethics. He was the author of “A Question of Ethics,” a longtime column in Roll Call, and is a regular speaker on these topics.

Simon is the former Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association.

Experience

Managed team of attorneys representing an industry-leading manufacturer in a global cartel investigation involving simultaneous government investigations in the United States, Europe, and Canada, and related commercial litigation.

Led corporation’s defense of federal investigation into potential fraud.

Led corporation’s defense of federal investigation into potential insider trading.

Led internal corporate investigation of employee embezzlement, and related federal prosecution.

Led internal corporate investigations regarding potential violations of immigration law.

Led internal investigations of corporations responding to SEC inquiries regarding insider trading.

Led quality control of electronic discovery reviews and responses for large financial institutions and corporations in major multi-district litigation and government investigations.

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

Assessed, designed, and implemented corporate political law compliance programs.

Defended individuals testifying in SEC investigations involving alleged accounting fraud.

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

Represented an international food service company under investigation relating to services provided to troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Led defense of an international lender regarding a multimillion-dollar contract dispute arising out of construction of a steel mill in Europe.

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.

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

  • Connecticut
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • 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
  • Speaker, "Confidentiality: Part V, Clients' Past and Ongoing Misconduct," Statewide Conference, Virginia Office of the Attorney General, Division of Child Support Enforcement, March 20, 2019
  • Panelist, "Employment Law Ethics: Staying on the Right Side," Virginia CLE, October 18, 2018
  • Speaker, "The Ethics of Email and Social Media," 27th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar, Virginia CLE, May 9, 2018
  • Speaker, "The Ethics of Email and Social Media," 27th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar, Virginia CLE, May 3, 2018
  • Speaker, "The Ethics of Email and Social Media," Virginia CLE, 34th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, April 19, 2018
  • Speaker, "The Ethics of Email and Social Media," Annual Bench Bar Conference for the Chesterfield JDR Court, September 20, 2017
  • Speaker, "Ethics in Settlement Negotiations," Conference of Government Mining Attorneys, September 12, 2017
  • Speaker, "Ethics Issues Regarding Social Media and Technology," Virginia Worker’s Compensation American Inn of Court, May 25, 2017
  • Speaker, "Confidentiality: Part III, Non-Clients' Misunderstanding and Mistakes," Statewide Conference, Virginia Office of the Attorney General, Division of Child Support Enforcement, March 23, 2017
  • 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, Corporate Political Activity: Opportunities & Potential Pitfalls This Election Season, McGuireWoods Webinar, September 23, 2010
  • 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
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1999
  • University of Virginia, BA, with Honors, 1996

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

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