John C. Simons
Partner - New Brunswick
Jack Simons has been with Hoagland Longo since 1988, and has proven himself to be a high caliber Partner within the firm. Jack is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. He is also certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. His practice is devoted exclusively to representing defendants in civil litigation and insurance coverage disputes. He has taken hundreds of cases to verdict and has tried numerous cases to conclusion in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Jack is the past president of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance, and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) where he sits on the Civil Practice Committee. Jack was also named Fellow to the American Bar Association in 2017 and he frequently lectures at CLM and NJSBA conferences.
Jack is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell™; is named in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012; and, is listed under New Jersey Super Lawyers® since 2005. Also, in 2013 Jack was awarded the Hon. Herman L. Breitkopf Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association.
Victory – Premises Liability
Jack represented a snow removal company in a slip and fall case that was tried to verdict in Union County before Judge Ciarrocca. Plaintiff’s demand prior to trial was $5 million and the jury found no fault on either of the defendants.
Jack established that the snow removal company applied salt and calcium chloride at the appropriate times they were contracted for (3-4 occasions during the on-going ice storm), and that they took reasonable steps to clear the sidewalk of snow and ice. In addition, Jack introduced evidence that discredited the Plaintiff’s claims of permanent injuries as a result of the fall.
On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the jury found that neither the snow removal company nor the co-defendant bank were negligent and returned with a verdict of no cause of action.
Victory - Automobile Liability
Jack Simons represented Defendant in an Essex County trial against Plaintiff who claimed an automobile accident caused severe orthopedic injuries to her neck and back, as well as a traumatic brain injury. The jury unanimously found that Defendant was not negligent in connection with the accident and awarded Plaintiff no damages.
Victory - Automobile Liability Casualty Defense
Jack prevailed at Morris County trial in a case involving severe injury. Plaintiff claimed to sustain numerous injuries including injury to the back, neck, face, teeth, elbows, left shoulder and abdomen in an automobile accident. He also alleged that he sustained severe cognitive injuries including blurred vision, dizziness, hearing loss, tinnitus, and memory loss. Despite the Plaintiff’s $750,000 demand, the jury awarded only minimal damages of $14,000 to the Plaintiff – a major victory for the Defense.
Victory - Automobile Liability
John C. Simons prevailed in a trial before the Honorable Mark A. Troncone, J.S.C. in Ocean County, New Jersey. Plaintiff claimed that she had sustained a permanent traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on August 5, 2015. The allegations of traumatic brain injury included a perilymphatic fistula to the ear and visual vestibular integration dysfunction with decompensation. Plaintiff also claimed that she sustained permanent orthopedic injuries, including cervical and thoracic spinal disc herniations with recommendation for future cervical fusion surgery. The jury found that Plaintiff failed to prove that she had sustained any permanent injury as a result of the accident, and returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant.
Victory – Property Damage Loss
Jack represented an insurance company in an issue regarding whether the roof and resulting interior damage to the Plaintiff’s building was the result of Superstorm Sandy and/or related to pre-existing deterioration which would not be covered pursuant to the policy issued by the insurer to the Plaintiff.
The Complaint alleged that the insurer failed to pay the proceeds of the policy and therefore breached the Contract of Insurance, in addition to a breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The Plaintiff was looking to secure compensatory and consequential damages, and other forms of relief and punitive damages in the total amount of $553,000. The carrier conceded there was damage to the lighting in the exterior of the property and shingles for the total amount of $33,480.
The jury returned in 18 minutes with a determination that the roof did not need to be replaced as a result of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The court ordered that all claims against the carrier alleging “bad faith” be dismissed.
Victory – Utility Vehicle Liability
Jack defended his client – a Caterpillar tractor dealership company – in a utility vehicle liability matter in which the driver operating a UTV lost control, resulting in one of the Plaintiffs being ejected from the vehicle. The Plaintiffs argued that the dealership was negligent for failing to properly maintain the UTV, and that its mechanically deficient brakes and steering caused the Accident. The pre-trial demand was $3.5 million.
The case was tried before Judge Wolfson in Middlesex County, and Jack argued that the drivers version of events was inconsistent with all other accounts of the accident; that the accident was caused by the excessive speed of the vehicle; and, that the Plaintiff was unable to control the vehicle after going over a speedbump. In regards to his client, Jack argued that their maintenance efforts were reasonable; that the vehicle was inspected prior to its rental and had been utilized on-site for approximately one month; and, that there were no mechanical deficiencies that would have caused the accident.
The jury returned a verdict finding the Plaintiff ninety (90%) percent at fault for the accident resulting in no cause for action against Jack’s client.
- Past President, Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association
- Past President, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
- Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
- Member, Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Civil Trial Bar Section
- Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, Northern New Jersey Chapter
- Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
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