J.D., University of Heidelberg School of Law, Germany
L.L.M., University of Miami School of Law
J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
Law Society of England and Wales (Solicitor)
Frankfurt Bar Association (European Attorney)
Dubai International Arbitration Centre
Board Certified International Lawyer (Florida)
Panelist, “Protecting Securities Portfolios Against Fraud – Obtaining Representation Outside the U.S.” at BLB&G Roundtable, New York City, USA
Speaker, “The Future of Financial Institution Litigation” at C5 9th International Financial Investor Insurance Form, London, UK
Panelist, “Mis-selling of Financial Products: How are we protected in today’s marketplace?” at IIEF Investor Rights Protection Forum, Hong Kong
Speaker, “International Securities Litigation” at The Knowledge Group Legal Series Webinar
Speaker, “Incorporating the Latest U.S. Class Action Developments into Your Litigation Strategy in Preparation for the Growth of Collective Actions in Europe,” at C5 Financial Institutions Litigation Conference, London, UK
Co-Moderator, “Litigation Lessons for Securities Lawyers,” at ABA Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland
Speaker, “Reconsidering the Compensation System for your Firm – From Associate to Senior Partner” International Bar Association Conference, Munich, Germany
Panelist, “Morrison v. NAB,” at IIEF London Governance Forum, London, UK
Panelist, “The new Corporate Governance Landscape,” at ICGN Annual Conference, Paris, France
Panelist, “The Route Map to Reform and Recovery,” at ICGN Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia
Speaker, “Generating Legal Alpha” at Nordic Pension Investment World, Stockholm, Sweden
Speaker, “Collection of Securities Class Action Settlements,” IIEF Institutional Investor Education Forum, Paris, France
Speaker, “Generating ‘Legal’ Alpha – New Trends in Europe and the U.S.” at Pension Fund Investment World, Berlin, Germany
Speaker, “Generating Legal Alpha” at Terrapin Investor World Middle East, Dubai, UAE
“Scheme Liability” nach Stoneridge – Haftung für Kapitalmarktbetrug in den USA und Deutschland (62. Jahrgang, Heft 27, Page 1245), WM. (Germany)
“Anlegerschutz – Pflichten von Institutionellen Investoren”, WM. (Germany)
“Globaler Anlegerschutz”, DAJV. (Germany)
“Securities Litigation USA/Germany – Duties of Institutional Investors”, DAJV. (Germany)
“The New European Company – Societas Europaea” Eurowatch. (Germany)
“Internationale Ehevertrage in Deutschland” (Heft 6, Page 329) FPR. (Germany)
“Judicial Discretion: Comparative View of the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany,” Loyola of Los Angeles Int’l & Comparative Law (Volume 16, Number 2)
ICGN Shareholder Rights Committee
The Florida Bar –
International Law Section
International Law Board Certification Committee
Totalbank Board of Directors
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) –
Speaker, “Case Examination: Tesco (UK),” at Securities Class Action Services Webinar
Speaker, “Global Trends in Securities Class Actions,” at Securities Class Action Services Roundtable, New York City, USA
Panelist, “Myths and Realities of Financing Collectives Actions,” at ABA Seminar Increasing Access to Justice Through EU Class Actions, Brussels, Belgium
Guest Lecturer, “International Securities Fraud Actions and Investor Protection,” at Università LUISS Guido Carli, Law School, Rome, Italy
Seminar presenter, “After the storm: A comparative approach between U.S. and Europe on the consequences of the crisis on the legal environment applicable to the banks”, at AIJA seminar “Being a Banker in a Post-Crisis World: Risks and Liabilities”, Luxembourg
Seminar panelist, “The Global Fight Against Terrorism and its Impact on Citizens’ Lives,” Madrid, Spain
Seminar on comparative International Legal Education US-Ukraine, Yalta, Ukraine
“L’expérience allemande pour protéger les investisseurs, une leçon pour l’Europe?”, Option Droit & Affaires (No. 73) (France)
“A recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court represents a radical change for the system of investor protection in the United States – La dernière décision de la Cour Suprême Américaine représente un changement radical pour le système de protection des investisseurs aux Etats-Unis,” AIJA (No. 24) (France)
“Morrison contre National Australia Bank, un arrêt à la portée internationale,” Option Droit & Affaires (No. 44) (France)
“Actions de groupe: la Cour suprême siffle la fin de la partie pour les investisseurs étrangers,” LJA (No. 985), (France)
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, International and Comparative Law Certificate
Master of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, Certificate of advanced study: Western European affairs
B.A., Political Science, Villanova University, minors in French and Italian
District of Columbia
Solicitor (England & Wales)
Board Certified International Lawyer (Florida)
French-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida
International Association of Jurists (Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana) (AIGLI)
International Association of Young Lawyers (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats) (AIJA)
Member of the Commercial Fraud Commission
Member of the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets Law Commission
Arbitration Commission Member
Board of Trustees of The American University of Rome
Faris Ashouri is an associate with DRRT, where he handles a variety of securities litigation and investor loss recovery matters. Prior to joining DRRT, Mr. Ashouri practiced commercial litigation with a large national firm in both state and federal court, representing clients in all stages of litigation. In addition, he is a former DRRT intern and has also interned with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mr. Ashouri graduated from the University of Miami with Honors, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. He then graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was an editor and committee member for the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a mentor to new students through the school’s Ambassador Program. After receiving his J.D., Mr. Ashouri obtained an LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. He speaks English and Arabic.
Ms. Simonson is an associate with DRRT, where she handles a variety of securities litigation and investor loss recovery matters. Prior to joining DRRT, Ms. Simonson practiced litigation with a large national firm focusing on general liability and casualty litigation for primary carriers, specifically first party insurance disputes as well as insurance bad faith claims. In addition, Ms. Simonson has experience with Marital and Family Law matters and completed a fellowship with the Office of the Public Defender of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
Ms. Simonson graduated from Vanderbilt University, majoring in English and French with a minor in Corporate Strategy. She then spent time in Paris, France, teaching English and working with a French Social Media agency. Ms. Simonson then graduated from Stetson University College of Law, where she studied abroad in The Hague (The Netherlands) and Lausanne (Switzerland), focusing on International Courts and Tribunals. Ms. Simonson was born in Stockholm (Sweden), has a bilingual proficiency in both Swedish and English and is fluent in French.
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport
B.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville
United States District Court Southern District of Florida
Ms. Kern is an associate with DRRT, contributing to DRRT’s legal efforts in a variety of securities litigation and investor loss recovery actions throughout the world, including Germany. Prior to joining DRRT, Ms. Kern practiced litigation as a Bar-Approved Specialist in Insurance Law with a national insurance law firm in Germany focusing on the recourse of major claims and general liability cases.
Ms. Kern graduated from University of Cologne Law School (Germany), where she was a member of the Law Student Council and a mentor to new students. She then completed a legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Duesseldorf in Germany and has profound experience with Criminal Law matters. Ms. Kern also earned an LL.M. at Cardozo School of Law in General Legal Studies, with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Information Law.
Ms. Kern is a native German speaker and fluent in English.
J.D., University of Cologne Law School, Germany
LL.M., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City
New York Bar
Germany (Cologne Bar)
German-American Lawyers’ Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristenvereinigung) (DAJV)
Dr. Gehrold is an international lawyer who served as a legislator on the European Level and is a former member at the European Parliament.
Dr. Gehrold is serving as Of Counsel and his expertise in the European regulatory field supports and enhances DRRT’s role as an international pioneer in institutional investors loss recovery. He plays a major role in DRRT’s activism, particularly related to the class action legal framework in European nations, and building awareness with key decision makers on shareholder activism.
Dr. Gehrold has written over 300 scientific publications addressing legal, political and economic issues, with particular focus on the European integration. He also counts 26 years of professional experience in Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and Senegal. His background in European law, combined with his extensive experience, allow him to provide professional and project management services, political-security risk assessment, as well as government and media relations. Dr. Gehrold is a native German speaker, he is fluent in English with a work proficiency in both French and Croatian. Furthermore, he has a basic knowledge of Portuguese, Dutch and Czech with reading proficiency in both Spanish and Slovak.
Law at Passau University (Germany)
Law at Porto Catholic University (Portugal)
Bachelor of Laws at Freiburg University (Germany)
Doctorate (Ph. D.) at Münster University (Germany)
Master of Laws at Hannover Ministry of Justice/Oldenburg Court (Germany)
Articles & Publications
Das Verhältnis zwischen Kommunen und Caritasverbänden bei der Wahrnehmung von Aufgaben nach dem Jugendhilferecht, Frankfurt 1996
Der Fall Bosman – ein Beispiel für die Bürgernähe der EU; in Oldenburgische Volkszeitung vom 06.01.1996, S. 19
Bridging the Trust Gap Between Serbia & its Neighbors: Avoiding Another Cycle of Distrust, with Max Primorac (Institute of World Affairs, 2001)
Samo dug i trnovit Put obecava Uspjeh; in: Privredni Vjesnik vom 17.06.2002, S.9
Hrvatska: Djelic Domovine; in: Euroforum; März 2003, S. 24
Die Slowakischen Präsidentschaftswahlen im April 2004; in KASAuslandsinformationen 5/04, Berlin 2004, S.51 ff.
Kroatien: Konserative Opposition gewinnt Parlamentswahlen; in: KASAuslandinformationen 1/04, Berlin 2004, S.18 ff.
Wirtschaftswunder Slowakei: Musterknabe oder Bösewicht in der erweiterten EU?; in KAS-Auslandsinformationen 11/05, Berlin 2005, S. 57 ff.
Perspektiven in der Energiepolitik der Tschechischen und Slowakischen Republik; in KAS-Auslandsinformationen 02/06; Berlin 2006, S. 50 ff.
Nach der Wahl 2006: Im Westen angekommen? Zur parteipolitischen
Entwicklung in Tschechien und der Slowakei; in KAS-Auslandsinformationen 12/06; Berlin 2006, S. 79 ff.
„Melde gehorsamst, dass ja!“ – Zum Abgleich politischer Sprache in Tschechien und in Deutschland; in „Politische Sprache und Kultur in Mitteleuropa“; Chemnitz 2007