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Shimshon Balanson (Shim)


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  • Cleveland State University (J.D. summa cum laude 2009; Articles Editor, Cleveland State Law Review; National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition; Recipient of 10 academic awards, including Faculty Award for Highest Academic Grade Average, Class of 2009; M.S. in Environmental Science summa cum laude 2006; B.A. in Sustainable Human Ecology summa cum laude 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable James S. Gwin, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Summer 2007)

Shimshon Balanson represents some of the world's largest financial institutions in commercial litigation. He has represented clients in significant cases involving complex financial products, such as mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations. He also has experience representing clients in consumer finance and securities-related litigation, as well as regulatory agency investigations.

Shimshon's recent representations include a financial institution trustee in a class action and several other significant cases brought by investors in mortgage-backed securities, a public accounting client in multiple litigations and a regulatory investigation relating to its attest work for a failed commercial mortgage lender, Macy's in litigation against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and J. C. Penney, and a financial institution client in a class action concerning the manner in which it assesses its checking account overdraft fees.

Shimshon also has dedicated time to pro bono matters. He is currently representing clients seeking Holocaust reparations as part of Jones Day Cleveland's partnership with Bet Tzedek Legal Services. In addition, he recently participated in a collaboration with the New York-based Innocence Project that led to the award of a new trial for an Ohio man convicted of murder in 2001. Shimshon also serves as a YP Ambassador for BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

From 2013 through the summer of 2017, Shimshon was editor of the climate change litigation section of Jones Day's quarterly electronic climate change advisory, The Climate Report.

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