David Simson is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He joined Goodwin in 2015.

Areas of Practice




Mr. Simson’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patents and trade secrets. His recent work includes representing:

  • A set-top-box and cable modem manufacturer accused of infringement of patents related to DSL standards and multimedia technology
  • A semiconductor manufacturer accused of patent infringement and breach of contract by a competitor which formerly employed the client’s CEO. *
  • A manufacturer in a dispute with a celebrity endorser which included claims of breach of contract, misuse of name and likeness, and theft of intellectual property. *
  • A computer manufacturer accused of infringing a patent related to USB connectors. *
  • A mobile internet company in a patent infringement suit against a provider of mobile wallet and payment applications. *
  • An image sensor vendor accused of infringing patents related to semiconductor wafer bonding. * 
  • A semiconductor manufacturer involved in licensing discussions with a much larger competitor.  *
  • A technology company facing SEC and DOJ investigations and shareholder lawsuits after writing off the bulk of a multi-billion-dollar acquisition. *

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Simson was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Palo Alto. Before attending law school he worked in the software industry, holding positions ranging from individual contributor to executive management, at companies ranging in size from start-ups to multibillion-dollar corporations.

During law school, Mr. Simson served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jacqueline Scott Corley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and was executive production editor of the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal.

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J.D., 2012
University of California Hastings College of the Law
(cum laude)
B.S., 1986
Massachusetts Institute of Technology



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