Sylvia Simson, a shareholder in GT’s New York office, is a litigator with a diverse practice focused on a broad range of complex commercial litigation as well as mass torts/products liability, financial services, life sciences, and environmental matters. Ms. Simson is experienced both in trials and appeals and has deep experience with multi-district litigation, class action defense, and the coordination of related actions in different jurisdictions.
Ms. Simson has counseled global and national corporations and institutions, mid-sized or privately-held companies, partnerships, start-up entities, and individuals in both federal and state cases across the country. The matters she has litigated concern a variety of issues, including contractual disputes (with specific expertise on those governed by New York or Delaware law), disputes arising out of M&A transactions, alleged fraud and/or breach of fiduciary duty claims, purported product defects, failure to warn allegations, false advertising and deceptive trade practices claims, business torts, bankruptcy, financial products, insurance coverage, purported toxic exposure claims (involving various forms of chemicals or dust as well as asbestos), various environmental statutes and regulations, and alleged False Claims Act violations. Her experience also spans a wide range of industries, including the consumer products, pharmaceutical/medical device, financial services, energy, chemicals, technology, insurance, building materials, and fashion, beauty, and luxury goods sectors.
Ms. Simson has significant brief-writing and oral advocacy experience and has drafted and argued discovery, dispositive, and various pretrial motions in federal and state courts, as well as oppositions to class certification motions. Ms. Simson also has deep experience working with expert witnesses in various scientific and professional fields.
In addition, Ms. Simson has experience with alternative dispute resolution, negotiating and drafting complex settlement agreements, providing counsel in transactional and regulatory contexts, advising on risk mitigation and preparedness best practices, and developing coordinated defense strategies integrating business, media, regulatory, and litigation dimensions.
- Commercial litigation, including both trials and appeals
- Products liability litigation, including MDLs and the coordination of related cases in federal and state courts
- Class actions in federal and state courts
- M&A disputes and deal-related litigation
- Financial litigation
- Life sciences and healthcare litigation
- Environmental litigation, including alleged exposure litigation