Jeffrey Simes is Chair Elect of the firm's Litigation Department. His practice consists of complex business litigation, international and domestic arbitrations, securities and corporate governance disputes, government and internal investigations, and partnership and commercial disputes. Mr. Simes has worked on a wide variety of significant civil cases in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate level throughout the country, as well as in various arbitral forums in the U.S. and abroad.
Work for Clients
Representing a wide range of clients from Global 500 companies to emerging technology companies, Mr. Simes has successfully litigated and arbitrated commercial, post-closing and "busted deal" disputes in numerous jurisdictions, as well as shareholder derivative actions, partnership disputes and other matters involving allegations of fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties. He has successfully represented significant financial institutions as well as issuers in securities lawsuits and class actions. He has also conducted internal investigations for various clients into diverse issues including alleged accounting improprieties, share and option granting issues and compliance issues.
With prior experience as a public school teacher in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Simes has performed significant pro bono work in the area of education Mr. Simes has been awarded the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Award and the Pro Bono Publico Award of the American Bar Association in recognition of his numerous pro bono efforts..
Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Simes was an attorney at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York City, where he was involved with complex litigation including antitrust, patent, insurance and business contracts matters. In 2001-02, Mr. Simes was on leave from Goodwin Procter to serve as Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In this capacity, he prosecuted numerous crimes in the Cambridge District Court.
Bar and Court Admissions
Mr. Simes is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York and the District of Massachusetts, the United States Supreme Court, and various U.S. Courts of Appeals
Christina Melendi’s corporate and securities practice focuses on representing public and private corporations and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, joint ventures, private and public equity and debt financings, securities offerings, and other general corporate matters. Christina also assists companies to raise capital in the public markets, including initial public offerings and secondary offerings. Christina counsels clients on SEC reporting and securities law disclosure, annual meeting and proxy related issues, corporate governance matters, and stock exchange listing requirements.
Awards and Affiliations
HandCrafting Justice, Board of Directors (2011-present), Board President (2012-present)
M&A Advisor, 40 Under 40 (2013)
Super Lawyers, New York Metro Rising Star (2013-2014)
Cornell University, 1997, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2000, Juris Doctor
Corporate, Finance & Investment Management
Kevin Sheridan has been practicing corporate law for over 25 years. He advises businesses and investors on a broad range of US and cross-border corporate transactional matters.