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News Release ~ 08/02/2012b

Philadelphia, Pa. Attorney Theodore “Ted” Simon Elected First Vice-President of Nation’s Top Criminal Defense Org.

Washington, DC¬ (Aug. 2, 2012) – Philadelphia, Pa., attorney Theodore “Ted” Simon was sworn in as First Vice-President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., on July 28. Simon is an attorney in private practice in Philadelphia, Pa., where he has based a local, national and international practice for the last 37 years. He has obtained reversals in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

In addition to representing individuals and corporations in state and federal trial and appellate proceedings, Simon is a leading authority on the representation of Americans abroad and securing their outright release from custody, as well as on the application of prisoner transfer treaties here and abroad, achieving remarkable success in obtaining the transfer of numerous foreign nationals. He has also successfully defended international extradition requests. A frequent speaker at legal seminars across the nation on a wide variety of pre-trial, trial, sentencing, and post-trial criminal law issues, Simon has made numerous appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ABC’s 20/20, Primetime, NBC’s Dateline, Larry King Live, Court TV, Geraldo Live, Crossfire, The Abrams Report, and The Oprah Winfrey Show (as well as all of the major networks and cable outlets). Immediately following the 2000 presidential election, Mr. Simon hosted his own daily cable TV show, which analyzed various, current legal issues.

Simon has been selected by his peers and included in a Philadelphia Magazine’s "Best Lawyers in Philadelphia" edition as well as having been selected a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer.” Simon is also an invited member of the "National Trial Lawyers," a national organization composed of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. Simon’s clients have included Michael Fay (Singapore caning), Ira Einhorn (French extradition), Alain Robert, (climber of skyscrapers), Don King, Tranda Wecker ("Internet birth mom"), Robert Durst; Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones (civil defense), NBA professional basketball player Dante Cunningham, and Amanda Knox, the college student who was charged with but acquitted of the murder of her roommate in Perugia, Italy. He also secured the prompt November 2011 release of Gregory Porter, the Drexel University student charged with throwing Molotov cocktails in Egypt during last year's protests, and in just nine days in early 2012 had all state criminal charges dismissed against Derrick Thomas, the starting basketball guard for Drexel.

An NACDL member since 1979, he previously served on the Association’s Board of Directors from 1993-99 and from 2004-09. From 2009-10, he served as Secretary of NACDL, from 2010-11 as NACDL Treasurer, and from 2011-12 as NACDL Second Vice-President. He also served as a Co-Chair of NACDL’s 50th Anniversary Gala Event and on the Steering Committee of the Capital Campaign for the Foundation for Criminal Justice. His service in both of those roles was recognized by two of his many NACDL presidential commendations. Among Simon’s numerous other leadership roles at NACDL are his tenure as Co-Chair of NACDL’s International Affairs Committee, his service on the NACDL Budget Committee, his authorship of the “Tips and Tactics” column for The Champion, and his instrumental roles on a broad range of NACDL task forces over the years.

Simon is a 1971 graduate of American University and a 1974 graduate of Temple University Law School.

The Law Offices of Theodore Simon are located at 1600 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. His telephone number is 215-563-5550 and his email is TSimonEsq1@aol.com.


Contact: Ivan J. Dominguez Deputy Director of Public Affairs & Communications, (202) 465-7662 or idominguez@nacdl.org.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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