Nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Philip Simon is a well respected United States District Court Judge in the
Northern District of Indiana, where he has served since 2003. From 1990 to
2003, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Indiana and Arizona.
Judge Simon was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Indiana in January 2003. The Senate confirmed him to that position in
March 2003 by a 97-0 vote. As a district judge, Judge Simon has written opinions
on a wide range of complex civil and criminal matters.
As an Assistant United States Attorney, Judge Simon prosecuted a variety of
cases, including drug offenses, firearms violations, mail and wire fraud,
government program fraud, kidnapping, bank robberies, public corruption, and
sophisticated white collar crime.
In 1999, Judge Simon became the Chief of the Criminal Division in the
Northern District of Indiana. In that capacity, he oversaw all criminal
prosecutions in the Northern District of Indiana and supervised a public
corruption task force.
Judge Simon received seven special achievement awards from the United
States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. He was voted
Prosecutor of the Year in the District of Arizona in 1998 by a vote of all
federal agents working in Arizona. In 1999, he was awarded the
Director's Award by the Executive Office of United States Attorneys.
Before serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, Judge Simon worked as an
associate at the prestigious firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where he specialized in
commercial litigation matters.
Judge Simon is committed to serving the legal profession and the public.
Judge Simon managed several pro bono cases when he was in private
practice. For example, he helped represent a class of inmates who were
assigned to the protective custody units of Illinois.
Judge Simon has taught classes at Valparaiso University School of Law.
Judge Simon possesses impressive academic credentials. He graduated cum laude
from Indiana University School of Law in 1987 and received his bachelor's
degree from the University of Iowa in 1984.