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University of Michigan, BA 2005
Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD 2008
Harvard Law School, LLM 2010
University of Cambridge, PhD, 2019


David A. Simon is an associate professor of law and an expert on intellectual property, healthcare law, data and liability. Professor Simon has served on the law faculty at Harvard Law School, George Washington University School of Law and the University of Kansas School of Law. During his time at Harvard Law School, he led a three-year initiative at Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics dubbed Diagnosing in the Home: The Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Home Health.

Professor Simon’s research focuses on innovation in healthcare, with an emphasis on prescription drugs and devices. His current projects include developing a new theory of federal preemption as to claims against prescription drug and device manufacturers that promote off-label uses, designing systems to support research on ultra-rare diseases and conditions, and examining philosophical problems in intellectual property. His work has appeared or will appear in a variety of publications, including the Emory Law Journal, the Georgia Law Review, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, JAMA, Nature Biotechnology and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

In private practice, Professor Simon represented clients in corporate, real estate and intellectual property transactions. His clients included hedge fund managers, investment firms, small businesses, professional athletes, homeless veterans, singers, songwriters and artists. He also served as a volunteer attorney for Lawyers for the Creative Arts.

Professor Simon holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he was a Summer Academic Fellow, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Cambridge International Scholar (full tuition scholarship and stipend) and member of Trinity College. He earned his BA with high honors, from the University of Michigan, and his JD, with high honors, from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was selected to the Moot Court Honor Society, Order of the Coif and Dean's List. During law school, he won several writing awards for work in constitutional law and intellectual property law.

More information is available at his personal website: davidasimon.us.

Fields of Expertise

  • Drug Law and Policy
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medicine and Technology
  • Torts

Selected Works

David A. Simon

Associate Professor of Law


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416 Huntington Avenue
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