Aaron Simon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Brownson Norby PLLC
 | 225 South Sixth Street, Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-512-0211
Fax: 612-332-4025
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (50%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

As an attorney with Brownson Norby, PLLC, Aaron M. Simon practices civil litigation and small business transactional matters with a focus on professional liability and insurance coverage. A litigator and transactional attorney with more than a decade of experience, Mr. Simon has expertise in professional liability, insurance coverage, and complex general liability litigation. He takes a global approach with each case, personally handling every stage of the process to provide highly strategic, efficient, and cost-effective results. With forward thinking, he diligently investigates and gathers facts with a sharp eye to what would be relevant and admissible if the case should go to trial.

As a go-to resource for professional liability matters Mr. Simon represents: insurance agents and agencies, lawyers, accountants, bankers, property and health care management companies, homeowner’s associations, and other various professionals.

Respecting the expertise of his clients, Mr. Simon fosters effective relationships and stellar results through collaboration with his clients.  Since most professional liability cases involve insurance coverage issues, he brings a competitive advantage with his vast experience and thorough understanding of how to navigate both successfully.

Mr. Simon works closely with claims representatives and managers at leading insurance companies, representing them on coverage issues including: premises liability, products liability, commercial tort liability, liquor/dram shop liability, director and officer liability, cyber liability, sexual harassment/sexual abuse litigation, construction defect litigation, employment litigation, subrogation litigation, and complex general liability cases.

Tenacious and results-driven, Mr. Simon has a proven track record of prosecuting and defending multi-million-dollar insurance coverage actions, and of success in the Minnesota appellate courts. He has a comprehensive knowledge of insurance coverage case law, from its development to its defenses. Having critically analyzed countless insurance policies for his insurance company clients over many years, he knows how to expertly evaluate coverage issues and how courts will interpret and construe insurance policies. He continually monitors changes and new developments in insurance coverage litigation.

Mr. Simon also represents small businesses in business transactional matters.

In addition to trying cases and representing small businesses, Mr. Simon is active within the industry at multiple levels: training and writing about how professionals may prevent claims; speaking about developments in key insurance industry issues; working with state and national trade organizations; and serving as a Steering Committee member for the North Central Chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).

Readily available, he sets an extremely high bar for open and effective communication and responsiveness to clients. He takes pride in working relentlessly for his clients, and providing exceptional service to build trusting and lasting relationships.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Professional Liability (50%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Insurance Coverage (20%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Business Litigation (20%): Non-Compete Agreements

Civil Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense, Non-Compete Agreements

Selections

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Rising Stars: 2017

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About Aaron Simon

Admitted: 2003, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.brownsonnorby.com/professionals/aaron-m-simon/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2019
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2019
  • Wisconsin, 2015, 2015
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2011, 2011
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Civil Appellate Practice Section, Member
  • Minnesota, 2003, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2017, 2017
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Civil Litigation Section, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), Member
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2008, 2008
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association (WSBA), Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • In October of 2019 Aaron Simon and his fim Brownson Norby, PLLC teamed up with Second Harvest Heartland in Brooklyn Park to package produce for distribution to local food shelves, pantries, and other meal programs in the area. Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest and most effective hunger relief organizations with food banks and farming partnerships across the Midwest. To complete their mission, Second Harvest relies mostly on volunteers to package produce received from local farmers for distribution. In just over two hours, the Brownson Norby team and other volunteers packaged over 3,914 pounds of onions and 860 pounds of potatoes! Enough for 3,978 meals for people in need!, 2019
  • On November 15, 2018 (a.k.a “Give to the Max Day”), Aaron Simon and his firm Brownson Norby had the pleasure of hosting lunch and bingo with Nokomis Healthy Seniors. Nokomis Healthy Seniors is a wonderful organization that provides affordable health and wellness programs, and hosts social events, provides transportation, support groups, fitness classes, and more. We are happy to have participated in Nokomis Healthy Seniors’ mission. For more on their program, follow this link: https://www.nokomishealthyseniors.org/, 2018
  • In August of 2019 partipated with The North Central Chapter of PLUS in supporting the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans by collecting and delivering move-in kits for veterans and their families., 2019
  • In September of 2018, Aaron Simon and his firm prepared hygiene kits for the House of Charity. The House of Charity is a great organization that focuses on getting people back on their feet and back into an independent lifestyle. The hygiene kits are an essential part of that mission as they are provided to those in need who are without basic necessities like soap, toothbrushes, razors and other essentials., 2018
  • On October 18, 2018, PLUS North Central Steering Committee Co-Chair Aaron Simon helped make over 500 sandwiches to be given out to the homeless by the Minneapolis Recreation Development organization. More information about Minneapolis Recreation Development can be found here., 2018
  • Aaron Simon and his firm Brownson Norby proudly partnered with Open Arms of Minnesota on Monday, April 29, 2019, in delivering meals around the Twin Cities. Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit, local organization whose mission is to provide people living with life-threatening illnesses, such as HIV/Aids, cancer, and COPD, with free, nutritious meals. Open Arms relies on a vast network of volunteers to help cook, prepare, and deliver these meals to people with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. They not only provide their clients with free meals, but also provide meals for their caregiver, dependents, or partners. Today, Open Arms serves around 1,000 people in our community., 2019
  • On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Attorney Aaron Simon, as the Steering Committee Chair of the North Central Chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (“PLUS”), presented Urban Boatbuilders with a charitable contribution check from PLUS for $3,500. Urban Boatbuilders is a non-profit youth development program that builds high-quality wooden boats with youth in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  The program hires youth apprentices who qualify as low-income and/or who have employment barriers.  The youth apprentices work alongside Urban Boatbuilders instructors learning technical boat building skills while earning money. The program is a comprehensive program that seeks to empower youth through hands-on learning projects while working to expand the possibilities and paths they envision for their futures.  For more information on Urban Boatbuilders see here: http://urbanboatbuilders.org., 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Taught 6 hour CE on July 11, 2019 E&O Roadmap to Policy Analysis at Horizon Agency in Eden Prairie, Minnesota., Speaker and Instructor, July 11, 2019 E&O Roadmap to Policy Analysis at Horizon Agency in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, MIIAB, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2019
  • September 19, 2019 PLUS and MIIAB Emerging Leaders Business Income Coverage and Claims Panel Discussion in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Moderator, Moderator, September 19, 2019 PLUS and MIIAB Emerging Leaders Business Income Coverage and Claims Panel Discussion in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Moderator, MIIAB Emerging Leaders and PLUS, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2019
  • On Sept. 24, an engaged group of insurance professionals joined together for a panel discussion around the challenges insurance agents face when issuing a Certificate of Insurance. The panel was hosted by the West Metro Region of the Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers (MIIAB) at MIIAB’s office in Maple Grove, Minn. Panelists included: Jeff Post, Vice President of Marketing – Western National Insurance GroupBrad Gruhlke, Commercial Lines Underwriting Manager – West Bend Insurance CompanyT.J. Patton, Audit Director – Minnesota Department of CommerceCharles Durenberger, Director of Licensing & Enforcement – Minnesota Department of Labor & IndustryAaron Simon, Attorney specializing in insurance agent errors and omissions (E&O) claims – Brownson Norby, Speaker, September 24, 2019 MIIAB Panel Discussion on Certificates of Insurance in Maple Grove, Minnesota , miiab, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2019
  • On October 2, 2019 taught 6 hours Insurance Agent CE class on insurance policy analysis and E&O issues., Instructor, October 2, 2019 MIIAB E&O Roadmap to Policy Analysis in Duluth, Minnesota , MIIAB, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2019
  • Retaught CE on “Text Messaging Revolution” Presentation at PLUS North Central Chapter Event, March 31, 2016, Speaker and Instructor, The Text Messaging Revolution, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2016
  • Speaker and instructor for CE class on Intersection of Drones and Insurance Presentation at PLUS North Central Chapter Event, March 30, 2017., Speaker and Instructor, The Intersection of Drones and Insurance, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2017
  • Co-taught class on E&O Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents at MIIAB Annual Conference, May 11, 2017, Speaker and Instructor, E&O Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents at MIIAB Annual Conference, May 11, 2017, MIIAB, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2017
  • On June 7, 2018 was instructor for Professional Liability Underwriting Society (“PLUS”) panel discussion and CE/CLE presentation on insurance agent and brokers errors and omissions standard of care and underwriting issues., Speaker and Instructor, Errors & Omissions for Insurance Agents, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2018
  • February 28, 2019 E&O Presentation to IPN Insurance Agent client in Eden Prairie, Minnesota., Speaker, February 28, 2019 E&O Presentation to IPN Insurance Agents in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Brownson Norby Client Presentations, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2019
  • Brownson Norby’s 2019 Minnesota Insurance Agent Standard of Care Update and Overview and Brownson Norby’s 2019 50 State U.S. Insurance Agent Standard of Care Update and Overview are now available online here: https://www.brownsonnorby.com/wp-content/uploads/2019-Minnesota-Insurance-Agent-Update.pdf https://www.brownsonnorby.com/wp-content/uploads/2019-U.S.-50-State-Insurance-Agent-Standard-of-Care-Update-1-1.pdf These updates are published annually by Brownson Norby’s Professional Liability Practice Group Chair, Attorney Aaron Simon. For more information about Attorney Aaron Simon see here: https://www.brownsonnorby.com/professionals/aaron-m-simon/, Author, 2019 50 State U.S. Insurance Agent Standard of Care Update and Overview, Brownson Norby Law Updates, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2019
  • 2018 Minnesota Insurance Agent E&O and Standard of Care Update, Author, 2018 Minnesota Insurance Agent E&O and Standard of Care Update, The Minnesota News - Cutting Edge, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2018
  • MIIAB Magazine, “The Minnesota News, The Text Revolution: Changing Times Call for Changes in your Communication Practices,” December 2015., Author, The Text Revolution: Changing Times Call for Changes in your Communication Practices, The Minnesota News, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2015
  • Brownson Norby’s 2019 Minnesota Insurance Agent Standard of Care Update and Overview and Brownson Norby’s 2019 50 State U.S. Insurance Agent Standard of Care Update and Overview are now available online here: https://www.brownsonnorby.com/wp-content/uploads/2019-Minnesota-Insurance-Agent-Update.pdf https://www.brownsonnorby.com/wp-content/uploads/2019-U.S.-50-State-Insurance-Agent-Standard-of-Care-Update-1-1.pdf These updates are published annually by Brownson Norby’s Professional Liability Practice Group Chair, Attorney Aaron Simon. For more information about Attorney Aaron Simon see here: https://www.brownsonnorby.com/professionals/aaron-m-simon/, Author, 2019 Minnesota Insurance Agent Standard of Care Update and Review, Brownson Norby Law Updates, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2019
  • Review and thoughts on new Illinois State Supreme Court case of Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Krop, 2018 IL 122556.  In this case the Court ruled that a two year statute of limitations for negligence claims begins to run on the date the policy is received by the insured, not when there is a loss and coverage issues arise., Author, Illinois Insurance Agent Case Law Update, Brownson Norby Law Updates, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2018
  • MIIAB Magazine, “The Significance of Underwriting in the Claims Process,” May 10, 2016, Author, The Significance of Underwriting in the Claims Process, The Minnesota News, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2016
  • “Mind the Gap: Agent Liability Exposure when Selling Claims made Insurance Policies,” September 16, 2016, Author, Mind the Gap: Agent Liability Exposure when Selling Claims made Insurance Policies, The Minnesota News, 2016
  • Author, Cyber Liability Coverage, MIIAB, 2014
  • MIIAB Magazine, “The Minnesota News, Document Retention Policies,” September 2014, Author, Document Retention Policies, The Minnesota News, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2014
  • Author, Insurance Agency Marketing and Potential Errors and Omissions Issues, MIIAB, 2014
  • MIIAB Magazine, “The Minnesota News, Eye of The Storm–The Independent Insurance Agent’s Role in the Claims Process,” September 2013, Author, Eye of The Storm–The Independent Insurance Agent’s Role in the Claims Process, The Minnesota News, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2013
  • Author, Is the Insurance Policy You Sold to Your Insurance Customer Really Providing Them With the Insurance Coverage They Requested?, MIIAB, 2012
  • Speaker, E&O Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents, MIIAB, 2014
  • “E&O Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents,” September 21, 2016, Author, E&O Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2016
  • Speaker, Errors & Omissions Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents, Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association, 2016
  • 2018 Minnesota Insurance Agent E&O and Standard of Care Update, Author, 2018 Minnesota Insurance Agent Update, Brownson Norby Law Updates, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2018
  • E&O Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents, Author, E&O Overview for Minnesota Insurance Agents, Brownson Norby Law Updates, Insurance / Insurance Agents, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Ma Amba Minnesota, Inc. v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company et al: Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance agency client in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, case 0:18-cv-00680-SRN-TNL (May 2019)., 2019
  • Danielson v. G.P. Agencies - Successfully obtained summary judgment with a finding of no duty to provide additional insurance not specifically requested by insurance customer. Minnesota Court File No 73-CV-12-8754 (August 2013)., 2013
  • Impact Grp., LLC v. Stanton Grp., LLC - Prevailed on summary judgment and was affirmed on appeal regarding no duty to provide insurance on undisclosed additional warehouse location. Minnesota Court of Appeals File No. A09–2187, 2010 WL 2733390, (Minn. Ct. App. July 13, 2010)., 2010
  • Atlantic Casual Insurance Company v. Chazonkhueze LLC, d/b/a Checker Bar, Inc., et al, - Obtained summary judgment in favor of client with the Court finding no duty to defend or indemnify bar under assault and battery exclusion in policy. USDC District of Minnesota Court File No. 15-CV-3783 (SRN/FLN) (D. Minn. Oct. 13, 2016)., 2016
  • Miller v. Faust - Successfully obtained summary judgment with findings that the agent reasonably followed the instructions of the insurance customer and acted in good faith; the personal injury liability coverage that the customer wanted would not have provided coverage to the customer for the claims in the underlying lawsuit; and the customer failed to produce any evidence that any insurance company would have sold the customer insurance that would have covered the claims brought against him in the underlying lawsuit. Minnesota Court File No. 86-CV-11-2741 (February 2012), 2012
  • Morgan v. Groveland Condominium Homeowner’s Association - Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of condominium homeowner’s association client regarding no duty owed to prevent neighbor’s smoking. Minnesota Court File No. 27-CV-16-12890 (March 2017)., 2017
  • Swanny of Hugo v. Corp 4 - Successfully obtained summary judgment for insurance agent and agency with a finding of no duty to provide additional insurance not specifically requested by insurance customer. Minnesota Court File No. 82-CV-12-347 (January 2013)., 2013

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Named Professional Liability Practice Group Chair for firm., 2018
  • Named Philanthropy Chair for Firm, 2019
  • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity–Active Alumni, 2019
  • University of Minnesota–Lifetime Alumni Member, 2019
  • Twin Cities Claims Association (TCCA) - Member, 2019
  • Member/sponsor of Professional Insurance Agents of Minnesota (PIA Minnesota)., 2019
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), North Central Chapter Steering Committee member at large., 2019
  • Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association (MIIAB) member/sponsor for over a decade.  In 2019 certified as instructor for agent CE classes., 2019
  • Minnesota National Guard, 2000–2006, Honorable Discharge.  Highest Honors: Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT)., 2006
  • Recognized for distinguished service for serving as the 2017 and 2018 Steering Committee Chair for the North Central Chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.  In 2019, will continue to serve on the North Central Chapter’s Steering Committee as an at large member.  , 2019
  • Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity., 2013

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Law Degree, 2003, 2003
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, B.S., Biology, 1999, 1999

Industry Groups

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability
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Office Location for Aaron Simon

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-512-0211

Fax: 612-332-4025

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Last Updated: 10/29/2019

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