Simone Morgan-Gomez

Partner

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial & Civil Litigation (including Multi-jurisdictional Contracts)
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Insolvency/Liquidation
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Employment
  • Private Client Management
  • Trusts
  • Wills, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Telecommunications
  • Judicial Review
  • Appellate Law

 

Simone Morgan-Gomez says winning may not be everything, but her record reflects otherwise.

Morgan-Gomez has racked up hard-fought successes in complex, multi-layered cases, including in some so unique in nature there was little or no precedent.

In one such case, a regulator’s decision making boundaries were being tested and its ability to perform its tasks challenged. With statutory interpretation of requirements and restrictions at stake, every aspect from application to conduct became details of the case. Matters and motions made their way through multiple courts and the legal legwork in the absence of common precedent took Morgan-Gomez, who is multi-lingual (English and Spanish), to the Court of Appeal and her win set precedent in this jurisdiction. She found herself and the team she mentors pioneering the law and helping to set parameters for regulatory boundaries, determining what is appropriate regulatee behaviour.

Legal work as she performed does not affect merely plaintiff and defendant, it can impact tens of thousands who interface with a regulator.

The law, says Morgan-Gomez, is as demanding as it is fascinating.

“You can learn something new every day and still not know everything about the law,” says Morgan-Gomez who specializes in Commercial Litigation involving Employment, Insurance, Insolvency, Trusts, Agency and Multi-jurisdictional Contracts.

“For some lawyers, the details of the kind of work that I do would drive them to distraction, but I love getting in under all the layers, uncovering the reasoning behind the legislation or regulation and then nailing the case for my client. If ever I feel we will not win, then we do not go to court. That is rare but it happens and when it does, it is best when the attorney is honest and says ‘Let’s go. We are going after the best settlement we can get’. If the other side walks off feeling compromised, that’s a very good sign.”

She is a member of the Florida Bar, Jamaican Bar, Bahamas Bar and the American Bar Association. She is also an Associate with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIarb).

Morgan-Gomez joined the firm as a Senior Associate in 2011 and was named partner in 2013.

Education:

Born in Jamaica in 1968, Morgan-Gomez has been practicing law in The Bahamas since 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., a Master’s of Law degree from The University of Manchester (UK) and a Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica.