Sheldon M. Simon (retired)

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Sheldon M. Simon, Esq. was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Weequahic High School, Rutgers University (Newark) and Seton Hall Law School. He is a former First Assistant Prosecutor of Morris County, having prosecuted many significant criminal cases during his tenure. For several years after Mr. Simon left the Prosecutor’s Office, he defended numerous substantial and significant criminal defense matters. He is a former President of the Morris County Bar Association and has been the Chair Person of the Family Law Committee of the Morris County Bar Association for eight different terms. For at least twenty five years, Mr. Simon’s practice has been exclusively related to Family and Matrimonial Law. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and one of the four charter members of the New Jersey Family Inns of Court. He is a former member of the Executive Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Committee.  

Mr. Simon was the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Morris County Bar Association.

Mr. Simon has been recognized in every addition of the Best Lawyers of America since its initial publication during the 1970’s. He has been recognized by the New Jersey “Super Lawyers” and acknowledged as one of “America’s Most Honored Professionals.” He has consistently been recognized in the New Jersey Monthly magazine as a “top lawyer” in the field of Family Law. Martindale Hubbell has awarded Mr. Simon its “Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in legal ability and ethical standards” for over thirty consecutive years.  

Mr. Simon had been a member of the Board of Directors of Hemlock Farms Community, Lords Valley, Pennsylvania, for six years. He participates and volunteers his time regularly in the Family Law/Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel program in Morris County, New Jersey.

As a teenager, Mr. Simon received the highly prestigious Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the Silver Award from the Explorer Scouts, the highest award attainable.

Mr. Simon actively continues the practice of law in Morris Plains, New Jersey, with his partners, Jaime A. O’Brien, Esq. and John T Knapp, Esq., under the firm name of Simon, O’Brien and Knapp, P.C. The practice is limited exclusively to Family/Matrimonial Law matters, including mediation and arbitration.

Beginning in 2013, the firm of Simon, O’Brien and Knapp was recognized as one of the “Best Law Firms in America” from U.S. News and World Reports.  

Mr. Simon lives in Morris County, New Jersey, with his wife, Natalie. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.