Simon Gertler provides general and litigation counsel to tribal clients. He has particular experience in child welfare, cultural and natural resources, and taxation. Simon has litigated cases in state and federal courts, including arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining MPKGC, Simon was a litigation associate at a national Indian law firm. There, he helped a tribe obtain an injunction against border wall construction around tribal cultural sites, and another dismiss a case that threatened its endangered treaty fish. Simon also effectively advocated for tribes in Indian Child Welfare Act cases.
Simon began practicing law in Colorado, where he represented tribes in water rights litigation. While a law student in the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University, Simon gained experience working for the Indian Law Resource Center in Montana, an Indian law firm in Alaska, and the U.S. Department of Justice Indian Resources Section in Washington, D.C. Simon completed his final semester studying indigenous law at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
Simon returned to his hometown of Oakland, CA to join MPKGC. He draws from his experiences across Turtle Island to offer thorough counsel and effective advocacy to his clients.