Roy D. Simon

Roy D. Simon

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law

B.A., Williams College
J.D., New York University

Phone: 607-342-0840


Roy Simon is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Legal Ethics. He writes books on legal ethics, serves on bar committees that address professional conduct questions, consults with law firms as an expert on legal ethics, and serves as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases, motions to disqualify, and other matters where the professional conduct of lawyers is at issue.

Professor Simon received his B.A. from Williams College cum laude and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the N.Y.U. Law Review. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Robert R. Merhige in Richmond, Virginia, then practiced law at Jenner & Block in Chicago. He began his career as a law professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and nine years later joined the faculty of Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics at Hofstra from 2003 until 2011.

Professor Simon writes Simon’s New York Rules of Professional Conduct Annotated (now in its 19th edition). He also annually coauthors Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards (now in its 28th edition), and is the principal co-author of a textbook for law students entitled Lawyers and the Legal Profession (4th ed. 2009). He wrote a monthly column for New York Professional Responsibility Report from 1998 through 2011 (more than 160 articles), and has written a column entitled “Developments in the Regulation of Lawyers” for the newsletter of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility since 1991.

Professor Simon is the Chair of and Chief Reporter for the New York State Bar’s Committee on Standards of Professional Conduct (COSAC), which monitors and proposes amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct and other regulatory provisions regarding lawyers. He also served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics from 2008-2011, and has been a member of that committee since 1995. He served as Chair of the Nassau County Bar Committee on Professional Ethics from 1996-1998, and was a member of the New York City Bar’s Committee on Professional Ethics from 2002-2005 and 2012-2015. He is an inaugural member of the State Bar’s Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession, which began operations in June 2017.

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