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Rachel Ellen Simon

Ms. Simon’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts. Her cases have included legal malpractice actions, FOIA disputes, civil rights litigation, class actions, and complex family law matters. Ms. Simon also has experience advising law firms on professional liability matters.

Selected Engagements

Representing international law firm in defense of malpractice claims involving taxation of hedge fund’s domestic and foreign partnership affiliates.

Defended international law firms and attorneys in legal malpractice cases arising from litigation, federal tax disputes, and corporate transactions.

Represented major media company and citizens seeking public records through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, including litigation challenging FOIA denials by government bodies.

Represented plaintiff in disability-pension benefits action that prevailed in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Represented respondent in an international child custody dispute, resulting in dismissal of all claims and a favorable settlement.

Represented clients in complex divorce proceedings at the trial and appellate level.

Represented plaintiff in pregnancy discrimination and wage collection dispute.


B.A., Carleton College, Theater Arts, 2011

Graduated summa cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

M.A., Appalachian State University, Appalachian Studies/Sustainable Development, 2014

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2017

Pro Bono Award, Class of 2017

Law and Public Service Program Fellow

Managing Board, Virginia Environmental Law Journal


Admitted to the Illinois Bar, 2017

Law clerk to the late Hon. Pamela L. Reeves, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2017-2018

Staff law clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2018-2020

Associate with this firm, 2020

Admitted to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

7th Circuit Bar Association

American Bar Association


Member, ISBA Federal Civil Practice Section Council, 2023 to Present

Member, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee NextGen Leadership Council, 2021 to Present

Member, Young Leaders Board, Nourishing Hope (formerly Lakeview Pantry), 2019 to 2023

Selected Honors

Award for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service (2022), presented by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association