Earning a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1952 and a Master of Laws degree from New York University Graduate Law School in 1957 Simon worked professionally in publishing and financial services before entering private practice. As an attorney his emphasis was tax matters and estate planning. After moving to South Carolina in 1989, Frank Simon of Hilton Head was elected Beaufort County Probate Court Judge five times, starting in 1994.
A member of the New York and Federal Bars, Francis M. Simon was a columnist for the much respected New York Law Journal. He later contributed articles on estate planning to local publications after moving to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in the late 1980s.
Many articles for trade and professional journals over the years have been authored by Francis M. Simon, and he has also published books, including “Short-Term Trusts” and “The Keogh Act”. “The Keogh Act” was lauded for being one of the first books to delve into retirement plans for self-employed individuals.
Shortly after moving to South Carolina, Frank Simon of Hilton Head served as an Associate Judge for Bluffton (S.C.) Municipal Court and was appointed a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Beaufort County. He was chairman of Hilton Head Island’s Crime Prevention Task Force, and was made a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Frank Simon of Hilton Head has a background in legal and judicial matters that has made him a valued source of knowledge. He has held numerous presentations at seminars and conferences in the United States and abroad, and has been a participant in several television and radio talk shows throughout the years. Since retiring from the bench he is now available professionally as a mediator, arbitrator and consultant.