David F. Simons

David F. Simons

Honolulu, Hawaii
(808) 536-3255
(808) 524-5593

David Simons is a Harvard-educated attorney. He has been practicing law in Hawaii since 1978. He has devoted his legal career to representing employees. He has been voted by his fellow attorneys as one of Hawaii’s “Best Lawyers” and twice named “Lawyer of the Year”. He has been listed annually every year, for 23 years in the book “The Best Lawyers in America”. He was named as one of the Best Lawyers in Hawaii by Honolulu Magazine, and was named as one of America’s top business attorneys in the book “America’s Leading Business Lawyers”. He has also been awarded the highest possible rating, AV, by Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Simons knows how to effectively represent women who have been sexually harassed, doctors and nurses who have been fired, and CEOs who need someone to stand up for them when a severance agreement needs to be negotiated. During his career Mr. Simons has had many multi-million dollar successes for terminated employees. Three of the largest employment verdicts in Hawaii history were obtained by him for terminated workers.

Mr. Simons grew up on the East Coast. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. Psychology, 1973). He then went to Harvard Law School (J.D., 1977).

After law school ended, Mr. Simons went on a two week vacation to Maui. It was love at first sight. Mr. Simons never used his return ticket. He has been a lawyer in Hawaii ever since. His office is in Honolulu. He represents employees on all islands.

Areas of Practice

  • Severance Package Negotiation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Employment Rights of Physicians and Nurses
  • Employment Rights of Whistleblowers
  • Employment Rights

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1978
  • Florida, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Employment Law That Fits Our State, Hawaii Bar Journal, March, 2005

Representative Clients

  • Terminated Anesthesiologist
  • Terminated Neurologist
  • Terminated CEO
  • Terminated Lawyer
  • Terminated Director of Nursing
  • Terminated CRNA
  • Sexually Harassed Waitress/Realtors
  • Terminated CEO of a Credit Union
  • Terminated Timeshare Saleswoman


  • Tom Ishida, American Savings Bank
  • Dale Madden, President Madden Corp.
  • Jim Collins, President AOAO Bluestone
  • Bernie Coleman ? Allied Pacific
  • George Apter, Esq. ? Counsel for Kaiser Permanente
  • Patrick Jones, Esq. ? Partner ? Marr Jones & Wang
  • Roger Fonseca, Esq. - Cades Schutte
  • John Knorek, Esq. ? Torkildson Katz


  • Basics ? Employment Law , ABA, 2006 - Present
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance, HSBA, 2013 - Present
  • Confronting Ethical Issues During Employment Mediation, HSBA, 2014 - Present
  • Employer Liability after Lales v. Wholesale Motors, HSBA, 2014 - Present
  • The Night?s Watch & Employment Law in Hawaii , HSBA, 2015 - Present
  • Employment Law: 2016 Comprehensive Guide ?Hot Topics in Employment Law", National Business Institute, 2016 - Present
  • Employment Law Practice and Role as a Plaintiff?s Attorney, University of Hawaii Law School

Honors and Awards

  • One of the Best Lawyers in Hawaii, Honolulu Magazine
  • America's Top Business Attorneys, "America's Leading Business Lawyers"
  • "AV" Highest Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Lawyer of the Year - Best Lawyers, 1994 - 2016
  • Lawyer of the Year - Labor & Employment (2010 & 2012 two years) by Honolulu Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii Bar Association , Panelist and Educator
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii
  • American Arbitration Association
  • HSBA, Past Labor & Employment Chair, 1971 - Present
  • NELA, Past Board Member - Hawaii, 1993 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • David F. Simons, AAL, ALC, Owner, 1981 - 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Mediator, Mediation Center of the Pacific, 2014 - Present
  • Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, 1990 - 1992


  • English