Simon Lazarus

Simon Lazarus is the Senior Counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center.  He was previously the Public Policy Counsel for the National Senior Citizens Law Center.  He has served as Associate Director of President Jimmy Carter’s White House Domestic Policy Staff (1977-1981), as a partner in Powell, Goldstein, Frazer, and Murphy LLP (1981-2002), and as Senior Counsel to Sidley Austin LLP (2002-2006).

Lazarus is a Trustee of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and writes frequently on issues of law and policy. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, The American Prospect, Roll Call, Slate, The Hill, and the Huffington Post.  Lazarus writes frequently for the American Constitution Society’s ACS Blog and has published several ACS issue briefs, including “Mandatory Health Insurance: Is It Constitutional?”, which was released during the Senate health care reform debate in December 2009.  Another ACS issue brief was republished in modified form in the September 2006 issue of De Paul Law Review as “Federalism R.I.P.? Did the Roberts Hearings Junk the Rehnquist Court’s Federalism Revolution?”  His Atlantic article, “The Most Dangerous Branch?”, has been republished in two anthologies, The Best American Political Writing 2003 Royce Flippin, ed. (Avalon Press 2003), and Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2d ed., Samuel Kernell and Steven S. Smith, eds. (CQ Press 2003).

Lazarus graduated from Yale Law School, where he was Note & Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.


  • Senior Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
  • Senior Counsel (2002-2006), Sidley Austin LLP
  • Partner (1981-2002), Powell, Goldstein, Frazer, and Murphy LLP
  • Associate Director (1977-1981), White House Domestic Policy


  • Yale Law School