Philip Yale Simons is a founding partner of the Firm. Born in Everett, MA, he received his J.D. from Seton Hall Law School in 1977. In 1962, he received his A.B. and, in 1963, received an A.M. in Geology from Boston University. In 1967, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Mineralogy/Geochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Simons was a research scientist at a major United States chemical company for over ten years.

In 1977, Mr. Simons was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. In 1978, Mr. Simons was admitted the Bar of the State of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court and the U.S. Court of International Trade. In 1982, Mr. Simons was admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to forming Simons & Wiskin, Mr. Simons was a partner in two law firm with principal offices in New York specializing in customs and international trade law and representing individual and corporate clients, including multinational corporations, in these areas of the law.
He is a member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association.