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Paul B. Simon
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New Orleans Attorney
Paul B. Simon

Phone: 504.582.1111

Email: psimon@gamb.law

Languages: English

Paul B. Simon is a member in Gordon Arata’s Lafayette office who serves the Louisiana oil & gas industry. On their behalf, he handles disputes, corporate matters, acquisitions, and appeals for the firm’s oil and gas clients.  He regularly assists clients with issues arising under Louisiana’s Mineral Code and the industry’s primary agreements (JOA’s, mineral leases, participation agreements, etc.), and with regulatory issues before the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation and the Louisiana State Mineral Board.

Prior to joining the Firm, Paul served as a law clerk to two judges on the federal bench, the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable D. “Dee” Drell, Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.  Paul frequently uses this experience to assist in matters in federal court, including in bankruptcy and appellate matters.

Paul earned his J.D. from the Law School of Columbia University where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, the two highest academic honors Columbia Law School awards.  He also received the Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law, was an editor of the American Review of International Arbitration, and was Co-President of the Columbia Society of International Law and Co-Founder and Co-President of the Columbia International Arbitration Association. 

Prior to law school, Paul worked as a strategy and management consultant for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, in its Amsterdam office.  He learned Dutch for the posting, adding to the French and Spanish he previously spoke, and to this day Paul maintains a rich network of contacts and knowledge regarding European business.  Paul also earned his B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Williams College in 2005, where he was a junior-year selection and President of Phi Beta Kappa.

Paul is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana.  For several years he lived out of state, and he is admitted to both the Louisiana and New York bars.  He returned to Lafayette to practice mineral law, and to raise his two daughters with his wife, Angelica.

Education:

  • Columbia University, J.D., James Kent Scholar, 2010
  • Williams College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
  • Oxford University, WEPO, 2004
  • Catholic University of Louvain, Eerste Kandidatuur, 2001

Bar Admissions:

  • Louisiana (2011)
  • New York (2013)

Practice Areas:

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Corporate and Securities Litigation
  • Corporate and Securities Transactions
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Oil and Gas Regulatory Practice
  • Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Transactions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Public Utilities
  • Telecommunications
  • Oilfield Services Company Transactions

Published Works & Presentations:

Professional Affiliations:

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law – Advisory Board and Young Energy Professionals Committee member
  • McKinsey & Company Alumni Association

Community Involvement:

  • Kiwanis Club of Lafayette

Honors:

  • Acadiana Profile Magazine’s ”Top Lawyers” List 2014, 2015 – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law

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Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett

201 St. Charles Avenue
40th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70170
United States

Law Firm Contact: John Y. Pearce

Tel: 504.582.1111

Fax: 504.582.1121

Email: jpearce@gamb.law

Website: www.gamb.law

Member Since: 2009

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