Mr. Simone is an associate in the firm's business and energy litigation sections. His litigation practice involves several key legal issues in oil and gas, expropriation (condemnation), class action defense, royalty disputes, property disputes, and environmental contamination, both in federal and state courts. Mr. Simone has extensive experience in assisting pipeline and other companies to obtain rights-of-way, to negotiate and/or prosecute the removal of encroachments on existing rights-of-way, and to acquire the proper regulatory authorization for projects within Louisiana. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Simone provides advice and representation to clients on drafting and interpreting oil and gas agreements, payment of royalties, lease maintenance, and obligations of operators and mineral rights owners.
He obtained his law degree from Loyola University where he graduated magna cum laude. In addition, Mr. Simone was a member of and served as a Comment/Note Editor on the Loyola Law Review. He was also recognized as a William L. Crowe Scholar. During his final year of law school, Mr. Simone was an extern to Chief Justice Pascal Calogero of the Louisiana State Supreme Court.
Honors & Affiliations
•Federal, Louisiana, and New Orleans Bar Associations
•New Orleans Bar Association - Member; Young Lawyers Section Executive Board, 2010-2013
•American Bar Association - Circuit Editor for the Appellate Practice Section of Litigation 2011-2012
•2014 Louisiana Legislative Update: Pipelines, Liskow & Lewis E-Newsletter, July 7, 2014
•Secretary of Interior Announces Reform in Nation's Oil and Gas Development Policy
•Louisiana Supreme Court Holding that Act 136 of the Mineral Code is Inapplicable to Remediation Suits
•Caddo Parish Commissioners Approve Ordinances Affecting Oil and Gas Operations
•Comment, Louisiana Post-Mortem Estate Planning - Alleviating the Burden of Double Taxation Imposed Against a 'Renunciation in Favor of,' 54 Loy. L. Rev. 905 (2008)