Marc Simon
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Marc Simon, an entertainment lawyer and director of “Unraveled”—a documentary that delves into the spectacular fall of his former boss Marc Dreier—has joined Fox Rothschild as partner in New York.

Simon spent the past eight years as a partner at entertainment boutique Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard. He officially joined Fox Rothschild in March, but the firm confirmed his hire Wednesday.

In joining Fox Rothschild, Simon is re-uniting with several former colleagues from now-defunct Dreier LLP—including partners Darrell Miller, Tim Mandelbaum and Monika Tashman—in the hopes of expanding the Philadelphia-based firm’s film practice. Mandelbaum and Tashman, who focus on entertainment and sports law, joined Fox Rothschild in 2012 from Hiscock & Barclay.

“[Fox Rothschild] has a very strong music, television and talent practice and they had an interest in building out their film practice,” said Simon, who did not use a legal recruiter in making his move to the firm. “For me to come in and really build that film group, while expanding to areas that I want to expand to, specifically television and talent, [was] very interesting.”

Over the years, Simon has represented film producers, financiers and directors in the entertainment industry. He has also served as lead counsel for films like “Winter’s Bone,” “The Kids Are Alright” and Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”

“Marc possesses extensive experience representing clients in both the traditional areas of film and television as well as the continually evolving realm of digital and new media,” said a statement by Fox Rothschild’s Miller, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office and chair of its entertainment practice. “An award-winning producer himself, Marc’s unique insight and practical knowledge has made him particularly valuable to his wide client base.”

Simon is indeed a filmmaker in his own right, having written and produced “After Innocence,” a 2005 documentary inspired by his own work with the Innocence Project. The film won several accolades, including a special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Simon has gone on to direct and produce several documentaries, including “Nursery University” in 2008 and “Eagle Huntress” in 2016. (Among Simon’s long list of film credentials is a bit role in Spike Lee’s “25th Hour.”)

Simon is perhaps best known in legal circles for his 2011 documentary “Unraveled,” which brings audiences into the home of Marc Dreier, where the disgraced litigator is under home confinement. The penthouse on New York’s Upper East Side effectively serves as Dreier’s first jail cell as he awaits what will be a 20-year federal prison sentence for fraud.

Dreier, the founder and managing partner of the now-defunct Dreier LLP, was arrested in Toronto in December 2008 and charged with personation. The arrest eventually unraveled a Ponzi scheme set up by Dreier to fund his firm and purchase lavish personal items, including multiple homes in the Hamptons and Caribbean, a yacht anchored in St. Martin and a $200,000 Aston Martin. Dreier eventually pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering in March 2009. He is currently imprisoned at a low-security facility in Minnesota, but is not due to be released until November 2026.

Simon said that he has not spoken with Dreier since his documentary’s release several years ago. As for his own future plans, Simon said he’s intentionally taken an extended hiatus from creating films—the last one he directed was “Unraveled”—in order to focus on his law practice. But he left the door open for potential future projects.

At Fox Rothschild, which earlier this month expanded to Seattle by acquiring local firm Riddell Williams, Simon will have company in New York. In January, the firm recruited longtime music industry lawyer Bob Donnelly in the city as part of a six-lawyer raid on Lommen Abdo.

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