Charles von Simson

Clinical Associate Professor, Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic


LL.M., University of Toronto Faculty of Law
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
B.A. Boston University


Charles von Simson works in the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic where he supervises students advising inventors, founders, startups and early stage companies. 

Prior to joining the UW faculty, Charlie spent two years as a legal subject matter expert at a Toronto startup building an AI-driven legal technology platform.  Charlie worked with a team of machine learning engineers to train and test algorithms designed to engage in sophisticated legal analysis and replicate lawyers' workflows.  

Before working at a startup, Charlie spent over twenty years in private practice in New York specializing in intellectual property transactions and litigation, with a particular emphasis on drafting, negotiating and enforcing software licenses and technology transfer agreements. He has represented clients in complex negotiations in the United States and Canada and in litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Charlie is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he teaches a course in the law of software licensing and commercialization in the professional LL.M program.  

While in law school, Charlie served as Editor in Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.  He began his legal career as law clerk to United States District Judge John T. Curtin.  Charlie was an associate at White & Case LLP and Reed Smith LLP, the founding partner of von Simson & Chin LLP and a partner at Barclay Damon LLP, where he is currently of counsel. 

In 2017 Charlie was named an Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association for his commitment to pro bono work.

Before his legal career Charlie was a consultant and journalist in the computer industry, including a position as a Silicon Valley correspondent for Computerworld.  



  • Charles von Simson presented “Open Innovation in Artificial Intelligence for Legal Research" to the Manitoba Bar Association in October.

  • Jeff Glazer, Tami Patel and Charles von Simson presented “In Your Corner: Starting and Running Your Hustle,” in August 2020, in partnership with Urban Triage, Freedom, Inc., and our Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. UW Law student Miranda Salazar helped coordinate the event, which was geared toward supporting Black entrepreneurship and businesses.

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Teaching Areas

  • Client Interviewing & Counseling
  • Law and Entrepreneurship
  • Skills Training