Michael L. Simon


Michael L. Simon is an associate at Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, where he focuses his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency matters, as well as business litigation. He has experience representing chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, judgment creditors, secured and unsecured creditors, and plan trustees in various bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

Mr. Simon received his undergraduate degree in finance and economic policy from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 2009.  He received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2014.  While in law school, Mr. Simon served as an editor for the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law, and served judicial externships to the Honorable Robert N. Kwan, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California, and the Honorable Valerie B. Fairbank, United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California.  After law school, he served a judicial clerkship to the Honorable Robert N. Kwan from August 2015 to March 2017.

Mr. Simon served as a director for the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum from 2019-2022 and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2020 through 2023, and a Best Lawyers In America: Ones to Watch from 2021 through 2023.

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Professional Activities

  • Director, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, 2019-2022

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Evidence Strikes Back
    Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum

Practice Areas

Insolvency and Business Litigation



Judicial Clerkships