Craig S. Simon

Craig S. Simon is the Managing Partner at Berger Kahn. With broad trial experience representing insurers, financial companies, and business owners, Craig proudly serves as National Subrogation Counsel to a top nationwide insurer, helping to oversee recovery challenges across the country. Accomplished at handling large subrogation cases against major manufacturers and regulated utilities in mass tort events, Craig consults with businesses, insurers and financial companies on improving processes to avoid litigation.

Earning a strong track record of success in resolving the most difficult cases, Craig has acted as lead trial attorney in dozens of cases before federal and state court juries and in arbitrations across the country. He is accustomed to handling matters of exceptional complexity, including nationwide class actions and multidistrict litigation.

Particularly accomplished in defending companies in litigation involving punitive damages, Craig honed his talent through years of dedication to this specific area of practice. Working closely with clients, jury consultants, and graphic designers, and employing mock trials and focus groups, Craig strategically develops powerful and persuasive litigation themes that resonate with juries. 

Craig is licensed in both California and Texas, two of the most wildfire-prone areas, contributing to his broad experience, success, and unique qualifications as an esteemed subrogrator, litigator, and attorney.

Craig enjoys litigating cases, especially those that are complicated or involve novel theories, whether the underlying matter is a business dispute or one involving insurance.

The Daily Journal named Craig among the “Top 100″ Attorneys in California for helping to achieve a $950 million settlement involving California wildfire-related cases on behalf of homeowner insurance carriers. Named to the list of Best Lawyers for 2015-present for his demonstration of excellence in his practice of law, Craig is also recognized to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, with frequent recognition to the “Top 50 Orange County,” and “Top 100 Southern California” Super Lawyers lists.

Craig began his career consulting with insurance companies. His experience includes:

•Assisting insurers in the adoption and implementation of procedures for the handling of claims, including the drafting of claims manuals, guidelines and policies.
•Representing carriers in first-party claims In the area of property insurance. He has distinguished himself in fire and arson claims and litigation arising from such claims.
•Representing numerous insurers in the area of insurance coverage in difficult duty-to-defend litigation, which presents unique “case-within-a-case” evidence issues.
•Defending against the global attacks being made on the industry in the area of life and annuity sales. Craig has defended both individual and class actions.
•Serving as a consultant and expert witness in disputed insurance matters for both the plaintiff and defense Bar.

Craig is a frequent lecturer before industry-specific audiences, including Charter Property Casualty Underwriters, International Association of Special Investigative Units, the Insurance Committee for Arson Control, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and Public Risk Management Association. Craig also lectures before lawyer groups on trial tactics in cases involving punitive damages. He is actively involved in issues concerning law practice management and lectures on ways to improve client relations.

Craig joined Berger Kahn as a law clerk in 1975, became a principal in 1981, and in 1984 opened the firm’s Orange County office. He is the rare attorney who has served with steadfast loyalty to one firm his entire legal career and he possesses the institutional knowledge that accompanies his five decades leading Berger Kahn.

He and his wife live in Irvine, California.


Education
Loyola Law School (JD, 1977)
University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude (BA, 1974)


Admitted to Practice
California
Texas
U.S. District Court, Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Memberships
Orange County Bar Association
National Association of Subrogation Professionals


Distinctions
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
“America’s Top 100 Attorneys” Lifetime Achievement Honor
Top 100 Attorneys in California for 2010 by the Daily Journal
Best Lawyers of America 2018 Southern California – Insurance Law
Best Lawyers of America 2017 Southern California – Insurance Law
Best Lawyers of America 2016 Southern California – Insurance Law
Best Lawyers of America 2015 Southern California – Insurance Law
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2015
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2014
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2013
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2017
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2016
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2015
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2014
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2013
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2012
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2011
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2010
2017 Southern California Super Lawyers
2016 Southern California Super Lawyers
2015 Southern California Super Lawyers
2014 Southern California Super Lawyers
2013 Southern California Super Lawyers
2012 Southern California Super Lawyers
2011 Southern California Super Lawyers
2010 Southern California Super Lawyers
2009 Southern California Super Lawyers


Recent Media Coverage

Orange County Attorney Journal Features All Berger Kahn Shareholders for Inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition
Attorney Journal – February 20, 2017

Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 20, 2017

Berger Kahn and Managing Partner Craig Simon Featured in Orange County Attorney Journal for Best Lawyers Recognition
O.C. Attorney Journal – December 6, 2016

The National Law Journal Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Lawyers”
National Law Journal – September 1, 2016

“America’s Top 100 Attorneys” Lifetime Achievement Honor Received by Berger Kahn Attorneys
America’s Top 100 – June 20, 2016

O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn For Recognition to Super Lawyers Including Elite “Top 100 Southern California” and “Top 50 OC” Lists
O.C. Bar Association – March 14, 2016

Wall Street Journal Features Berger Kahn as a 2016 “Top Ranked Law Firm”
Wall Street Journal – January 29, 2016

Nine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition
Super Lawyers – November 23, 2015

Los Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”
Los Angeles Times – October 14, 2015

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Shareholders to 2016 List
Best Lawyers of America – August 17, 2015

O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn Attorneys for Selection to Super Lawyers “Top” Lists
O.C. Bar Association – June 11, 2015

Berger Kahn Celebrates 45th Anniversary as a Unique California Law Firm
January 2, 2015

Attorney Journal Profiles 30-Year Anniversary of Berger Kahn in Orange County
Orange County Attorney Journal – December 1, 2014

Attorney Journal Community News Features Berger Kahn for Recognition to List of Best Lawyers in America
Orange County Attorney Journal – October 1, 2014

O.C. Register Metro “Top Attorneys” Features Managing Partner Craig Simon, and Principals David Ezra and Lance LaBelle
Orange County Register Metro – September 2, 2014

Attorney Journal Community News Recognizes Berger Kahn for “Top Ranked Law Firm” Honor
Orange County Attorney Journal – September 2, 2014

Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”
Los Angeles Times – September 1, 2014

National Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”
National Law Journal – September 1, 2014

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Managing Partner Craig Simon and Partner David Ezra
Best Lawyers in America – August 18, 2014

Managing Partner Craig Simon Admitted to State Bar of Texas
January 17, 2014

“Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts
Daily Journal – December 30, 2013

Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”
Los Angeles Times – October 2, 2013

O.C. Register Metro Features Managing Partner Craig Simon and Principal David Ezra as “Top Attorneys”
O.C. Register Metro Magazine – July 29, 2013

Daily Journal Says Goodbye: “Anthony E. Shafton, 1941-2013″
Daily Journal – July 23, 2013

Managing Partner Craig Simon in Crown Fire Insurance Subrogation Case
Law360 – July 18, 2013

Daily Journal “Top Verdicts”: Suit Involving Berger Kahn Selected as “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Dollar” for the Firm’s Role in the $69M Yorba Linda Water District Judgment
Los Angeles Daily Journal – February 13, 2013

Daily Journal: “Certiorari Denied in …Inverse Condemnation Case”
Los Angeles Daily Journal – November 20, 2012

Daily Journal: Managing Partner Craig Simon on Eminent Domain – ‘Private Utility – Public Doctrine’
Los Angeles Daily Journal – September 19, 2012

Major Verdict Against Water District for Failure of Hydrants
CBS Money Watch – August 28, 2012

Daily Journal: Daddy is Summer Associate’s Boss – Rebecca Simon Daughter of Managing Partner Craig Simon Joins Berger Kahn
Los Angeles Daily Journal – June 18, 2012

When You Inherit a House, You Don’t Automatically Inherit the Home Insurance Policy
NASDAQ – March 28, 2012

Costa Concordia Capsize No Small Claim
Money News with Ross Greenwood – January 25, 2012

Insurers Face Huge Compensation Bill
Lloyd’s List – January 18, 2012

Wildfire Suits Targeting Utilities
Daily Journal – July 20, 2010


Speaking Engagements

Attacking and Supporting Subrogation Damages in Wildland Fire Cases
Wildland Fire Conference
April 22, 2017

Fostering Communication and Cooperation Between the Public Adjuster and the Carrier
National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Annual Meeting
June 17, 2016

Consumer Class Actions in Defective Plumbing Products and How They Affect Subrogation Rights
National Association of Subrogation Professionals Web Seminar
February 9, 2016

Bad Faith and Extra Contractual Claims
Seminar Group Construction Defect Insurance Law Conference
January 29, 2016

Say What you Mean, Mean What You Say – A Mock Deposition Exercise and Discussion
Southern California Fraud Investigators Board
November 5, 2015

The 30(b)(6)/Corporate Designee/PMK Deposition in Wildland Fire Cases: Tips for Taking and Defending
Wildland Fire Litigation Conference
May 1-3, 2015

Preparing the Witness
National Business Institute
December 9, 2014

Case Management Orders in Complex Litigation
Wildland Fire Litigation Conference
April 26, 2014

NASP 2013 ‘Set Sail for Subro’
National Association of Subrogation Professionals
November 4, 2013

Bad Faith and Appraisal Process
American Conference Institute’s 24th Annual National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation
April 30, 2013

Being Deposed: 1,000 Tips for Helping Yourself in Deposition: Using Inverse Condemnation for Maximum Recovery in Fire Cases
California Conference of Arson Investigators
March 26, 2013

NASP 2012 Annual Conference Cirque du Subro
National Association of Subrogation Professionals
November 12, 2012

Business Interruption Issues in Catastrophic Claims
American Bar Association Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Program
April 28, 2012

Subrogation Issues in Wildland Fire Litigation
6th Annual Wildland Fire Litigation Conference
April 21, 2012