Andrew J. Simons
J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 1965
Andrew J. Simons currently serves the law school as Vice Dean Emeritus. Since returning to the law school in 2000, he has served in a variety of capacities, including Associate Academic Dean, Vice Dean and Acting Dean. He currently oversees the school's vibrant LL.M. programs, serves on several faculty committees, and teaches Torts, Advanced Torts, New York Practice, Representing Clients in Complex Litigation, and Drafting Litigation Documents.
A member of the Class of 1965 where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the St. John’s Law Review, Dean Simons began his legal career as a Law Clerk to Hon. Adrian P. Burke (Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals) (1965-67), practiced law as an Associate with the Manhattan firm of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher (1967-71) and served as Confidential Law Secretary to Hon. Daniel P. Albert (Nassau County Supreme Court) (1971-73). In 1973, he returned to his Alma Mater for the first time in the capacity of Associate Dean and Professor of Law, a position he held until 1982 when he left academia for the private practice of law.
From 1982 to 2000, Dean Simons was the partner-in-charge of the Environmental Practice Group at Farrell Fritz PC, a mid-size general practice firm on Long Island. Much of his practice dealt with complex superfund litigation.
Admitted to practice in the courts of New York State, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal and Second Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, Dean Simons is also a member of numerous professional associations and committees.
A Past President and permanent member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association, he is an active member of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association, where he has participated in the ABA's law school accreditation process (1980-present). He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Law School Alumni Association and as Chair of the Association’s Academic Advisory Committee, positions from which he resigned when he assumed his role as Associate Academic Dean.
Dean Simons has experience in the financial sector, having served for 20 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Keystone Custodian Funds (1975-95) and, more recently, as a member of the Board of Directors of State Bank of Long Island (2004-11).
On summer Sunday mornings, Dean Simons plays a 150-year-old foot-pump organ at St. Matthew's lakeside chapel in West Castleton, VT.
Dean Simons earned an A.B. in English Literature from the College of the Holy Cross (1960) and, following graduation, served at sea as a line officer in the United States Navy (1960-62). He has resided in Westbury, Long Island, with his first wife, Eileen, for over 45 years.