Education & Service


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D. and University of California-Berkeley School of Law, LL.M

Service to American Association for Justice

  • Simona has served the cause of Justice with AAJ for more than 16 years.  She has given more than $150,000 to AAJ directly, as well as for political candidates and party committees supported by AAJ, This financial support extends to  legislative fights to defeat the FAIR ACT (asbestos) and H.R. 5 (tort reform, medical malpractice) and sponsorship of AAJ conventions, events and forums.
  • Her other AAJ Activities include:
    • AAJ Member since 1996 (16 years)
    • Board of Governors (Representative from Minority Caucus 2009–present);
    • AAJ Distinguished Service Award from AAJ President Anthony Tarricone, July 2010;
    • Minority Caucus 2007–present; Asbestos Litigation Group (Co-chair 2011–present); International Relations Committee (2010–11); Law Schools Committee (2010–11); Public Affairs Committee (2010–11); Diversity Task Force (Representative from Minority Caucus 2010–11, Member 2009–10); Convention Planning Committee (2008–11); National Finance Council (2008–09); Litigation Group Leaders Council (2011–present) HT Litigation Group; Voter Protection Action Committee; PAC Member (M-Club); Eagles PAC; Membership Summit; Financial Summit.

Other Service to Justice

Simona also serves the cause of Justice by serving as a member, board member, committee chair, caucus leaders, or in other roles as needed. Her contributions of time and financial donations include:

  • ACCTLA – Alameda County Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member
  • CAALA – Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, member
  • CABL – California Association of Black Lawyers, member
  • CAOC – Consumer Attorneys of California, Board Member
  • CAOC Women’s Caucus, member
  • CAOC Minority Caucus
  • CELA – California Employment Lawyers Association
  • CWL – California Women Lawyers
  • Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), Board member
  • LCCR – Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area, member
  • NBA – National Bar Association
  • NELA – National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Public Justice Foundation, member
  • Roscoe Pound Civil Justice Institute, member
  • SBWL – Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
  • SFTLA – San Francisco Trial lawyers AssociationCenter for Justice and Democracy

Additional activities include participation in AAJ Lobby Days in Washington D.C., Conventions, Phon-A-Thons, and AAJ Education Programs, Board Activities.

  • Lobby Days:
    • Women’s Caucus 2009 and 2011
    • Co-Chair of the first Minority Caucus Lobby Day in 2010 and 2012
  • Lobby days issues:
      • Foreign Manufacturers’ Liability Act,
      • Noticed Pleadings after Ashcroft v. Igbal and Bell Atlantic v. Twombley,
      • H.R. 5
      • Unfair Arbitration clauses provisions after The Supreme Court’s AT&T v. Conception
      • Federal Pre-emption
      • Phon-A-Thons
      • Minority Caucus
      • Leaders Forum
      • PAC Phon-A-Thon
      • Sponsorships & Events
      • Minority Caucus reception
      • Minority Caucus Lobby Day
      • Minority Caucus, welcome reception, San Francisco convention, MoAD museum, 2009
  • Education Programs and Presentations (*partial list)
      • AAJ Employment Law Section, Mock Trial, San Francisco, CA convention 2009
      • AAJ Law Students Division Education Program, Opening Statement, New York, NY July 2011
      • AAJ Education Program, Building Your Law Practice, Growing On The Vine, Las Vegas, NV April 2009
      • AAJ Womens Leadership Summit, Womens in Mass Torts, Invited speaker, Philadelphia, PA July 2008AAJ Womens’ Caucus Advocacy Program, Opening Statement, Vancouver, BC (invited speaker), July 2010
  • Extraordinary Activities
    • President Tarricone’s Membership Summit, Washington, DC, 2010
    • President Tarricone’s Financial Summit, Dallas, TX, January 2010