Richard M. Simins


Richard M. Simins, a former Chairman of Montgomery McCracken, is an accomplished commercial trial attorney and government and internal investigations counsellor.  He has more than three decades of experience in helping sophisticated clients solve their most complicated problems.  Across the breadth of his career Rick has represented steel companies, banks, real estate developers, logistics firms, brand name consumer products companies, data analytics firms, pharmaceutical companies, and major health insurers, to name a few.  Rick also leverages his own experience as a law firm Chairman to help C-Suite executives coordinate their business objectives with the relevant legal and regulatory landscape in a positive and proactive manner.

As an experienced litigator Rick has of course tried to verdict numerous cases before judges, juries, and other tribunals across the country.  Yet often the sweetest victories happen outside of a courtroom.  For some clients, trial can be an ordeal, and the expense and distraction of drawn-out litigation can take its toll.  Rick allies with his clients to make sure that short-term tactics always align with long-term strategic goals.  Sometimes an efficient – and fair – settlement is the best option.  Whatever the course taken, Rick always remains finely attuned to his client’s best interests.

Rick started his career at Montgomery McCracken, then spent sixteen years at a national law firm before returning to Montgomery McCracken in 2017. Before going into private practice, he served as law clerk to Judge Marvin Katz of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1988-1989. Prior to law school, Rick spent seven years as a professional writer in New York City.

Rick received a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. He earned a A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1978.

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Selected Publications
Honors & Awards

Rick has earned an AV® Preeminent certification from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings – the highest available mark for professional excellence – and has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers lists.

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Law School

  • Columbia University School of Law

Undergraduate School

  • Princeton University