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Charlievon Simson

Of Counsel

"I've worked alongside software developers building an AI-driven legal tech platform. I bring an insider's perspective to the challenges founders face every day."



Charlie advises founders and early-stage companies in technology transactions and litigation. His clients build open source and proprietary software, license intellectual property, and market and sell products and services online. He routinely handles matters involving software as a service (SaaS) platforms, venture funding, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and trademarks and copyrights. Charlie’s experience with software development includes two years as a subject matter expert working with machine learning engineers at a Toronto legal tech startup.

Outside the firm, Charlie is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he teaches in the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. He is also an adjunct professor in the Professional Master of Laws program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he teaches a course on the law of software licensing and commercialization.

Prior to his legal and academic careers, Charlie worked as a journalist covering the computer industry, including serving as a Silicon Valley correspondent for Computerworld.

Bar Associations

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • American Bar Association, Section on International Law Canada Committee Member; Section on Science and Technology Law Member

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon LLP, Partner
  • ROSS Intelligence, Legal Subject Matter Expert
  • White & Case LLP, Associate
  • Reed Smith LLP, Associate
Judicial Clerkships

  • US District Court for the Western District of New York, Judge John Curtin

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