Simona is an associate at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco, where she specializes in complex litigation, including intellectual property matters, securities cases, white collar criminal defense and commercial disputes. She has represented major brokerage companies and investment advisors, as well as cutting-edge Internet and smartphone companies. She has litigated cases before state and federal trial courts and has substantial experience in appellate matters across various substantive areas of the law.
Simona has an active pro bono practice, in which she primarily represents women fleeing gender-based persecution. Her groundbreaking pro bono work has been recognized by national media, including the New York Times.
Prior to entering private practice, Simona clerked for the Honorable William C. Canby, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Simona speaks Italian, French and Spanish. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Hastings in 2006, and received her B.A. with honors from Stanford University in 1998.