Aaron M. Simon

Senior Litigation Attorney

A litigator with more than a decade of experience, Aaron has expertise in professional liability, insurance coverage, and complex general liability litigation. Aaron is the Chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group and Philanthropy Chair.  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 litigation and as Minnesota panel counsel for multiple professional liability insurers, Aaron represents:

  • insurance agents and agencies
  • directors and officers
  • lawyers
  • accountants
  • bankers
  • property and health care management companies
  • homeowner’s associations
  • real estate agents
  • other various professionals

Respecting the expertise of his clients, Aaron 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.

Aaron 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
  • complex general liability

Tenacious and results-driven, Aaron 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.

In addition to trying cases, Aaron is active within the insurance 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). Aaron is also a Certified Insurance Agent Continuing Education Instructor for the Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association and an approved Westport Insurance Agency Auditor.

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.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota (2003)
  • Wisconsin (2015)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2008)
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota (2017)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (2019)
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin (2019)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2011)

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota  (2003)
    • Research Assistant for Professor John Matheson
    • M. Pirsig Moot Court
  • B.S., Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1999)
    • Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity–President, Vice President

Representative Cases

  • Ma Amba Minnesota, Inc. v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company et al: Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of his insurance agency client in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota,
    case 0:18-cv-00680-SRN-TNL (May 2019).
  • 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).
  • Atlantic Casual Insurance Company v. Chazonkhueze LLC, d/b/a Checker Bar, Inc., et al,: Successful
    summary judgment motion 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.

Military Service

    • Minnesota National Guard, 2000–2006, Honorable Discharge
      • Highest Honors: Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT)

 

Memberships

    • Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association (MIIAB)
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), North Central Chapter Steering Committee, North Central Chapter Committee Steering Committee Chair 2017–2018
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
      • Professional Liability Section
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
    • Twin Cities Claims Association (TCCA)
    • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
      • Civil Litigation Section
      • Civil Appellate Practice Section
    • Wisconsin State Bar Association (WSBA)
    • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)
    • Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA)
    • University of Minnesota–Lifetime Alumni Member
    • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity–Active Alumni
    • Professional Liability Defense Federation

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Aaron Simon Wins Summary Judgment

On May 1, 2019, Brownson PLLC attorney Aaron Simon prevailed in obtaining summary judgment and dismissal of his insurance agency client in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, case 0:18-cv-00680-SRN-TNL Ma Amba Minnesota, Inc. v. Auto-Owners...

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Aaron M. Simon

Senior Litigation Attorney

A litigator with more than a decade of experience, Aaron has expertise in professional liability, insurance coverage, and complex general liability litigation. Aaron is the Chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group and Philanthropy Chair.  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 litigation and as Minnesota panel counsel for multiple professional liability insurers, Aaron represents:

  • insurance agents and agencies
  • directors and officers
  • lawyers
  • accountants
  • bankers
  • property and health care management companies
  • homeowner’s associations
  • real estate agents
  • other various professionals

Respecting the expertise of his clients, Aaron 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.

Aaron 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
  • complex general liability

Tenacious and results-driven, Aaron 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.

In addition to trying cases, Aaron is active within the insurance 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). Aaron is also a Certified Insurance Agent Continuing Education Instructor for the Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association and an approved Westport Insurance Agency Auditor.

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.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota (2003)
  • Wisconsin (2015)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2008)
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota (2017)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (2019)
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin (2019)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2011)

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota  (2003)
    • Research Assistant for Professor John Matheson
    • M. Pirsig Moot Court
  • B.S., Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1999)
    • Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity–President, Vice President

Representative Cases

Minnesota Supreme Court Cases:

  • Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Second Chance Investments, LLC, 827 N.W.2d 766 (Minn. 2013).

Minnesota Court of Appeals Cases:

  • Second Chance Investments, LLC v. Sabri Property, LLC, No. A14-1524, 2015 WL 2457008 (Minn. Ct. App. May 26, 2015).
  • RAM Mutual Ins. Co. v. EMC Property & Casualty Co., John Shriver as Trustee for the Next of Kin of Christian David Kruckow and Rolland Fred Kruckow, No. A14-0197, 2014 WL 4176131 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 25, 2014).
  • Timothy Albert Collins v. EMC Ins. Co., No. A14-0183, 2014 WL 3802384 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 4, 2014).
  • Susan Lammle and State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Gappa Oil Co., Inc., Miltona Electric Co., Ellingson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Trane U. S., Inc., f/k/a American Standard, Inc., Ferrellgas, Inc., Enterprise Products Operating, L. P., No. A09-2265, 2010 WL 3119474 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 10, 2010).
  • Thomas Bicha v. Water Gremlin Co., No. A07-1615, 2008 WL 4006777 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 2, 2008).
  • 8th Circuit/ U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota Cases
  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Redwood Falls v. Housing Authority Property Ins., 864 F.3d 986 (8th Cir. 2017).
  • Brotherhood Mut. Ins. Co., as subrogee of Mound Evangelical Free Church v. ADT LLC of Delaware, 978 F. Supp. 2d 1001 (D. Minn. 2013).
  • Yellin v. Robertshaw Controls Co., No. 0:09-cv-03161 (SRN/JJG), 2011 WL 1877822 (D. Minn. May 17, 2011).

Military Service

    • Minnesota National Guard, 2000–2006, Honorable Discharge
      • Highest Honors: Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT)

 

Memberships

    • Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association (MIIAB)
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), North Central Chapter Steering Committee, North Central Chapter Committee Steering Committee Chair 2017–2018
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
      • Professional Liability Section
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
    • Twin Cities Claims Association (TCCA)
    • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
      • Civil Litigation Section
      • Civil Appellate Practice Section
    • Wisconsin State Bar Association (WSBA)
    • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)
    • Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA)
    • University of Minnesota–Lifetime Alumni Member
    • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity–Active Alumni
    • Professional Liability Defense Federation

Blog

Aaron Simon Wins Summary Judgment

On May 1, 2019, Brownson PLLC attorney Aaron Simon prevailed in obtaining summary judgment and dismissal of his insurance agency client in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, case 0:18-cv-00680-SRN-TNL Ma Amba Minnesota, Inc. v. Auto-Owners...

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