Cozen O’Connor: Brier, Simeon D.

Simeon D. Brier

Member

West Palm Beach

(305) 704-5942

(305) 403-9989

Miami

(305) 704-5942

Recent Publication:

Do Your Job, Even if it Kills You? [CLM]

Simeon Brier and Matt Criscuolo contributed an article to CLM discussing the professional liability implications following the arrest of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' student Resource Offer Scot Peterson, in the wake of the February 2018 school shooting.

Simeon focuses his practice in the areas of complex business litigation and dispute resolution. Simeon's litigation practice has a practical emphasis on corporate disputes and employment matters at both the state and federal court levels. He also has experience in the areas of employment law, transactional corporate matters, corporate governance, real estate litigation, construction and construction defect litigation, municipal/public law, financial services litigation, intellectual property litigation, and product liability matters. He has represented municipalities, national banks, developers, contractors, national retailers, nutritional supplement companies, pharmacy care companies, and global manufacturing corporations in a wide variety of matters. Simeon also has experience litigating claims stemming from accidents, injury claims, and violations of law involving the operation of commercial vehicles or vehicles used in performance of work-related activities. Simeon has been selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars.

Simeon is co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Food, Beverage and Nutritional Supplement Industry Team and is active with the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, co-chairing the firm's recent Diversity Retreat.

Simeon is a speaker on a variety of topics, including business practices, general litigation, employment matters, diversity and inclusion issues, insurance matters and social media policies. Simeon is an actively involved fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. During his free time, Simeon enjoys participating in community service events such as coaching youth athletics in his hometown of Parkland, Florida and is active in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Alumni organization. Simeon acts as a mentor to graduate and undergraduate students, working with and speaking to groups of students at all levels. Simeon has served on a number of charity boards and is active in several charitable organizations, including SOS Children’s Villages of Florida, Coral Springs Museum of Art, the Maya Macey Foundation and Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child.

As a Goodwin Fellow, Simeon earned his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University (magna cum laude), where he served as articles editor and senior staff member of the Nova Law Review. He also served as team captain and member of Nova’s Moot Court Sports Law Travel Team and won the Upper Class Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Simeon received book awards in the areas of Constitutional Law and Agency & Partnership.

Experience

News

Judge Halts Seawall Construction at Singer Island Condo Tower

November 03, 2016

Simeon Brier, Matthew Criscuolo and Thomas Dye discuss an emergency motion filed to halt construction of a seawall behind their client’s condominium.

Simeon Brier Highlighted in Life Publications' Father's Day Issue

June 10, 2013

In a Father's Day themed article, Life Publications highlights Simeon Brier of the firm's Miami and West Palm Beach offices among their chosen "Power Pops." The individuals included were selected from multiple nominations of local men who exemplified Life Publications' definition of a Power Pop.

Cozen O’Connor Grows in Florida With Six Lateral Attorneys: Firm Expands South Florida Presence, Opens Office in West Palm Beach

March 18, 2013

Six attorneys from the firm of Edwards Wildman are joining Cozen O'Connor, in practice areas that include trusts and estates/private client services, real estate, insurance coverage, reinsurance, insurance corporate and regulatory and litigation.

Publications

Do Your Job, Even if it Kills You? [CLM]

July 01, 2019

Simeon Brier and Matt Criscuolo contributed an article to CLM discussing the professional liability implications following the arrest of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' student Resource Offer Scot Peterson, in the wake of the February 2018 school shooting.

A Claim for Unjust Enrichment Does Not Require Privity of Contract [Practitioner Insights]

April 24, 2013

The theory of recovery for unjust enrichment is based on a contract implied-in-law, or a quasi-contract. Generally, a claim for unjust enrichment cannot be based on an express contract, and thus, by definition, there is an absence of privity between the parties. There must, however, be a connection between the parties, such as a benefit conferred on the party to be charged.

A Party Cannot Recover for Both Unjust Enrichment and Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing [Practitioner Insights]

April 24, 2013

Where an express contract exists, a claim exists for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, but the claimant cannot also recover under a theory of unjust enrichment. Although a claimant cannot recover for both breach of the implied covenant and unjust enrichment, both claims may be pled separately and simultaneously as alternate forms of relief.

In the Absence of a Contract, Liability for Services Rendered Can Be Imposed by an Action for Quasi-Contract or Quantum Meruit [Practitioner Insights]

April 24, 2013

If no express contract for services exists, the party providing services has two potential remedies. First, if the party receiving the benefit of the services had not assented to an agreement, the party providing services nevertheless may receive restitution for the unjust enrichment of the other by bringing an action in quasi contract (a contract implied-in-law) for services rendered, where there was an expectation that the service would be paid for and it would be unjust for the other party to receive the benefit of the services without paying compensation. Second, if the parties lack an express contract but there is a partial agreement, which for some reason falls short of being an enforceable contract, a party may recover in quantum meruit on a (contract implied-in-fact) for the reasonable value of the services rendered.

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1997

Awards & Honors

Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2013

Florida Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2011-2015

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court -- Southern District of Florida
  • Palm Beach County Bar  Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of  America
  • Business Law Section, Florida Bar
  • Board Member/Chair Elect, SOS Children's Villages of Florida
  • Board Member Parkland Chamber of Commerce
  • Coral Springs Museum of Art, Past President