Andrew D. Simons
- University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D. 1988, cum laude
- Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, B.A. in History 1983
Areas of Practice
- General Business
- Corporate Law
- Real Estate Law
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Franchise Law
- Healthcare Law
- Commercial Leasing
Drew currently serves on the Advisory Council for CASA of Santa Barbara and is actively involved with various local non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara County.
Notable Transactions in 2016
- Represented seller of $55M sale of real estate assets.
- Negotiated terms for $22M purchase of multiple NNN properties.
- Acted as lead counsel for seller in $18M asset sale.
- Represented several different landlords in lease transactions with national retail tenants.
- Represented class of franchisees in dispute with franchisor.
- Represented several companies with their early stage financing and negotiations with investors and venture capitalist.
Drew focuses his practice on general business and corporate law issues with an emphasis on real estate, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law, technology licensing, contracts, commercial leasing transactions and healthcare issues. He also acts as outside “general counsel” to public and private companies and works closely with CEOs and Board of Directors. Many of Drew’s clients have used him for many years as they value not only his sound legal advice but his ability to orchestrate and help implement business strategies. One long-time client recently commented, “I want Drew in all or our [meetings involving a negotiation]. Unlike most lawyers, Drew understands business and has the ability to quickly boil it down to the important issues.”
Drew graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego in 1988. While in law school, he served as the Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review and received several scholastic and jurisprudence awards. He started his career as a corporate associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he worked on a variety of large mergers, acquisitions and financings. In 1993, he was appointed General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Tokos Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: TKOS), a medical services company which was later acquired. He then worked as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Circon Corporation (NASDAQ: CCON), a medical device manufacturer and, after it was acquired, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHKRW), a restaurant holding companies that operate national brands. Drew joined Reicker Pfau in 2000 and became a partner in 2001.
His publications include Expand Your Business through Franchising (2002) Pacific Coast Business Times, Expanding Bankruptcy Protection to the Individual Debtor, Taking Chapter 12 One Step Further (1987) University of San Diego Law Review and The Effect of Dual Class Capitalization on the Shareholder: Voting Rights Come Full Circle (1988) Santa Clara Law Review.