Leonard H. Simon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Pendergraft & Simon L.L.P.
 | 2777 Allen Parkway, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713-528-8555
Fax: 832-202-2810
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (80%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Leonard H. Simon is a partner with Pendergraft & Simon law firm in Houston, Texas. Nationally ranked as one of the preeminent lawyers in the country, Mr. Simon provides invaluable counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Houston metro and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving business bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation as well as other business and commercial litigation matters.

    Board certified in business bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Simon possesses more than 42 years of total legal experience, and he has achieved considerable success litigating matters involving bankruptcy law, insolvency and reorganization as well as real estate and corporate law. His clientele has included many prominent companies and individuals throughout Texas and beyond, and he has represented both creditors and debtors alike along with bankruptcy trustees.

    In addition, Mr. Simon has led a highly successful commercial litigation practice, where he has served as first chair on a number of high-stakes jury trials. He has handled cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars in claims against officers, directors and others as well as litigation involving claims of fraud, usury and other serious matters.

    In recognition for his impeccable professionalism, high ethical standards and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Simon holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received a listing in the Top 1% of America's Most Honored Professionals along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

    A 1972 graduate of George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, Mr. Simon obtained his Juris Doctor with honors from South Texas College of Law in 1977. While there, he served as business manager for the South Texas Law Review, and he earned induction into the prestigious Order of the Lytae.

     Mr. Simon has successfully represented clients in bankruptcy courts in Texas and Delaware, district courts (state and federal), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Couret of the United States.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. Mr. Simon has has achieved this rating for 35 years.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Business Litigation
    • 20%Bankruptcy: Business
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Bankruptcy Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2020 - 2021

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    About Leonard Simon

    Admitted: 1977, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://pendergraftsimon.com/about/leonard-h-simon/


    • Selected and Designated as a “Super Lawyer” since 2008
    • Texas Super Lawyer, 2008 - 2014
    • AV Preeminent® Rating - the Highest Possible Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board-Certified in Business Bankruptcy by the State Bar of Texas

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Texas Western District/Bankruptcy Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for The Fifth Circuit
    • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
    • Texas Northern District/Bankruptcy Court
    • Texas Eastern District/Bankruptcy Court
    • Texas, 1977
    • Supreme Court of the United States


    • Counsel for Namir Faidi in Prudential Mortg. Capital., L.L.C., 444 Fed.Appx. 732 (5th Cir. 2011).
    • Counsel for Rapid Settlements Ltd. and Capstone Associated Services Limited in In re Shcolnik, 670 F.3d 624 (5th Cir. 2012).
    • Counsel for Danny Hilal in In re Hilal, 242 Fed.Appx. 995 (5th Cir 2007).
    • Counsel for Gary Frankford in In re CPDC, Inc., 337 F.3d 436 (5th Cir. 2003).
    • Counsel for Gary Frankford in In re CPDC, Inc., 221 F.3d 693 (5th Cir. 2003).
    • Counsel for Ahmed Mannai et al in Askanase v. Fatjo, 130 F.3d 657 (5th Cir.1997).
    • Counsel for Debtor in In re Cooley, 87 B.R. 432 (Bankr. S.D.Tex. 1988)
    • Counsel for Plaintiff in Mason v. F.D.I.C., 888 F.Supp. 799 (S.D.Tex. 1995)
    • Counsel for Debtor in United Savings Assoc. of Texas v. Timbers of Inwood Forest Associates, Ltd. 793 F.2d 1380 (5th Cir. 1986), affirmed en banc, 808 F.2d 363 (1987), affirmed 484 U.S. 365, 108 S.Ct. 626 (1988)

    Educational Background:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, George Washington University, 1972
    • The Pennington School For Boys in Pennington, New Jersey
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    Office Location for Leonard H. Simon

    2777 Allen Parkway
    Suite 800
    Houston, TX 77019

    Phone: 713-528-8555

    Fax: 832-202-2810

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