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Seymour Simon

Lawyer , former state supreme court justice

Seymour Simon, lawyer, former state supreme court justice. Bar: Illinois 1938.


Simon, Seymour was born on August 10, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Ben and Gertrude (Rusky) Simon.


Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1935. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1938. Doctor of Laws (honorary), John Marshall Law School, 1982.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), North Park College, 1986. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Northwestern University, 1987.


Special attorney Department Justice, 1938-1942. Practice law Chicago, 1946-1974. Judge Illinois Appellate Court, 1974-1980.

Presiding justice Illinois Appellate Court (1st District, 3d Division), 1977, 79. Justice Illinois Supreme Court, 1980-1988. Partner DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Chicago, 1988—2006.

Former chairman Illinois Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting Commission. Former director National General Corporation, Bantam Books, Grosset & Dunlap, Inc., Great American Insurance Corporation.


  • Bar: Illinois 1938.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Cook County Board Commissioners, 1961-1966, president, 1962-1966. President Cook County Forest Preserve District, 1962-1966. Member Public Building Commission, City Chicago, 1962-1967.

Alderman 40th ward, Chicago, 1955-1961, 67-74. Democratic ward committeeman, 1960-1974. Board directors Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, 1961-1971, Swedish Covenant Hospital, 1969-1975.

With United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association, Chicago Bar Association (Justice John Paul Stevens award 2004, Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lena a Hand award 2006), Chicago History Society, Decalogue Society Lawyers (Merit award 1986), Izaak Walton League, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jewish War Veterans, Chicago Horticultural Society, Commercial Club Chicago, Standard Club, Variety Club, Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa Associates.


Married Roslyn Schultz Biel, May 26, 1954. Children: John B., Nancy Simon Cooper, Anthony Biel.

Ben Simon

Gertrude (Rusky) Simon

Roslyn Schultz Biel

John B. Simon

Nancy Simon Cooper Simon

Anthony Biel Simon