About Brad

Brad is a Berkeley Law (JD) and Harvard Law (LLM) trained business-savvy technology and licensing transactions attorney with several years of general counsel experience, focused on the unique needs of innovation-centric companies working in digital media, technology, and interactive entertainment. With 20 years of background as both external and in-house counsel, working in San Francisco, Boston, and New York City, Brad has represented a range of technology and media organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Brad holds an IAPP CIPP/US certification. Brad is also a trained mediator and have served as a volunteer court and community mediator.

Brad has served as an executive level attorney (SVP, VP, General Counsel) at such companies as MTV Networks, IAC Applications, About.com, PlayFirst, and Take-Two Interactive.

 

Opening his own law practice in the bucolic and reasonably priced Berkshires of Western MA, affords Brad the opportunity to apply my experience representing exciting companies in a cost effective manner that would be difficult if not impossible if he were still in San Francisco, New York, or Boston.

 

Brad is admitted to the Bar in both California and Massachusetts. 

Prior to establishing his own practice, Brad most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at IAC Applications, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). IAC Applications is a leading software company consisting of Ask Applications (browser based apps), Apalon (a leading mobile app company), and Slimware. 

Brad has worked for many years as a senior legal and business affairs executive for prominent and innovative digital media and technology companies. A selection of these roles include, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of About.com, Vice President and Counsel at Take-Two Interactive Software, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at MTV Networks and Harmonix, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Beyond Oblivion, Vice President and General Counsel at PlayFirst, Senior Director of Legal and Business Affairs at Shockwave.com/Atom Films, and Senior Counsel at Organic. Brad started his legal career at Thelen, Reid & Priest.

Brad developed and taught one of the first law school courses on video games and the law at Berkeley Law. He has a graduate degree in Social Anthropology and has consulted for the Smithsonian and UNESCO on the topic of traditional and indigenous knowledge and intellectual property; he has also published on this topic for The Smithsonian Institution and in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Brad has served on the board of a youth HIV/AIDS service organization and the International Advisory Committee of PIIPA, Inc.—a non-profit that provides intellectual property-related legal assistance to groups in developing countries. 

In his spare time, he is a luthier, crafting custom ukuleles and guitars, and photographer, having participated in individual and juried group exhibitions.

Awards

In 2014 and 2016 Brad was awarded the "First Chair Award" for top General Counsel. The First Chair Award is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community. The award program honors the top in-house counsel for their accomplishments in the past year.

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1630 Dublin Road

Richmond, MA  01254 USA

brad@bradsimonlaw.com

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