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Kenneth O. Simon, Mediator & Arbitrator, Birmingham, Alabama.

Kenneth O. Simon

Ken Simon Law
420 N. 20th Street
Suite 2200 - Wells Fargo Tower
Birmingham, AL 35203
Tel: 205-379-1029
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Recognized to Alabama Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1995
  • # of MEDS (as of 20/6/24)1500
  • # of ARBS (as of 20/6/24)20
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Ken Simon has more than 30 years experience as ajudge and litigator. After law school graduation in 1979 he began his career in a litigation firm in Mobile, Alabama. In 1983, he was one of 13 people named as White House Fellows and served as a Special Assistant to Attorney General William French Smith. In that position he worked for the Attorney General and his Chief of Staff, working directly with assistant attorneys general, bureau directors, and other senior Department of Justice officials. Later, as an Assistant Director and Branch Chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., he supervised investigations of possible violations of the federal securities laws.

Since coming to Birmingham in 1989, he has served as a trial court judge in Jefferson County, Alabama's largest judicial district, and has developed a reputation as a skilled litigator, mediator/arbitrator, and advisor to public agencies. He has also contributed to the Birmingham community through service on the boards of numerous charitable agencies.

Ken is one of the most experienced ADR specialists in the Alabama legal community, having mediated hundreds of disputes, serving as an arbitration and mediation Atlanta panelist for JAMS, and acting as a special master in large and complex cases. He has mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of cases including securities, business torts, consumer litigation, class actions, products liability, employment litigation, environmental litigation, personal injury, and shareholder disputes.

Mr. Simon is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Alternative Dispute Resolution, and was named Best of the Bar in Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Birmingham Business Journal. He is also A V Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Technology
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


University of South Alabama, 1976, B.A.;

  • President's List;
  • Dean's List;
  • SGA President, Vice-President; Sophomore Senator; Freshman Senator;
  • Howard Mahan Award (presented to the Outstanding History Graduate);
  • Blanche Cox Award (presented to the University's Outstanding Student);
  • Political Science Department Special Award for Outstanding Leadership in Student Government;
  • Phi Eta Sigma (freshman honorary);
  • Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities;
  • HEW College Intern;
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership honorary);
  • Delta Sigma Tho-Tau Kappa Alpha (debate honorary);
  • Political Science Honorary);
  • Varsity Debate Team.

University of Alabama School of Law, 1979, J.D.

  • National Moot Court Team;
  • Order of the Barristers;
  • Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society;
  • Am Jur Book Awards in Labor Arbitration and Philosophy of Law

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Circuit Judge, 10th Judiicial Circuit of Alabama (1992-1996)
  • Best Lawyers in America for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Alabama Super Lawyers
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • National Judical College, Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Walter P. Gewin Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLE, 2000
  • White House Fellow/Special Assistant to the Attorney General, 1983-84
  • Birmingham Business Journal, "Best of the Birmingham Bar," Government Relations; Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Securities Enforcement, 1998-99; Chairman, Committee on Consumer and Personal Rights, 1999-2002
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1996-99
  • Jefferson County Judicial Commission, 1999-2005
  • Chairman, Governor's Tort Reform Advisory Committee, 1999
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Fall/Winter 1999
  • University of South Alabama National Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni & Service Award, 2007

Rates Information

$400.00 per hr

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