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Philadelphia, Pa. Attorney Theodore Simon Elected Treasurer of Nation's Top Criminal Defense Organization

Washington, DC (September 7, 2010) – Philadelphia, Pa., attorney Theodore Simon was sworn in as Treasurer of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 52nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada., in August. Simon is an attorney in private practice in Philadelphia, Pa., where he has based a local, national and international practice for the last 36 years. He has obtained reversals in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

In addition to representing individuals and corporations in state and federal proceedings, Simon is a leading authority on the application of prisoner transfer treaties and the representation of Americans abroad, achieving remarkable success in obtaining the transfer of numerous foreign nationals and has successfully defended international extradition requests. A frequent speaker at legal seminars across the nation on a wide variety of pre-trial, trial, sentencing, and post-trial criminal law issues, Simon has made numerous appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ABC’s 20/20, Primetime, NBC’s Dateline, Larry King Live, Court TV, Geraldo Live, Crossfire, The Abrams Report, and The Oprah Winfrey Show (as well as all of the major networks and cable outlets). Immediately following the 2000 presidential election, Mr. Simon hosted his own daily cable TV show, which analyzed various, current legal issues.

Selected by his peers and included in a Philadelphia Magazine’s "Best Lawyers in Philadelphia" edition, Simon’s clients have included Michael Fay (Singapore caning), Ira Einhorn (French extradition), Alain Robert, (climber of skyscrapers); Don King; Tranda Wecker ("Internet birth mom"); Robert Durst; Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones (civil defense), and presently Amanda Knox, the college student charged with the murder of her roommate in Italy.

An NACDL member since 1980, he previously served on the Association’s Board of Directors from 1993-99 and from 2004-09. From 2009-10 he served as Secretary of NACDL. He also served as a Co-Chair of NACDL’s 50th Anniversary Gala Event and on the Steering Committee of the Capital Campaign for the Foundation for Criminal Justice. His service in both of those roles was recognized by two of his many NACDL presidential commendations. Among Simon’s numerous other leadership roles at NACDL are his tenure as Co-Chair of NACDL’s International Affairs Committee, his service on the NACDL Budget Committee, his authorship of the “Tips and Tactics” column for The Champion, and his instrumental roles on a broad range of NACDL task forces over the years.

Simon is a 1971 graduate of American University and a 1974 graduate of Temple University Law School.

The Law Offices of Theodore Simon are located at 1600 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. His telephone number is 215-563-5550 and his email is

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.