Rick Simpson has a national trial court and appellate practice, with an emphasis on professional liability and insurance coverage/"bad faith” litigation. He also provides legal ethics advice to law firms, represents lawyers in disciplinary proceedings, serves as an expert witness in lawyers professional liability matters, and is currently the Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. He has also represented individuals (including White House officials and a U.S. Senator) in connection with criminal and congressional investigations and has an active pro bono practice.
Rick has substantial jury and bench trial experience. He has presented oral argument in the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, the Supreme Courts of Connecticut, Delaware, Ohio, and North Carolina, and intermediate appellate courts in California, Maryland, New York, and Texas; he has also acted as lead counsel in cases decided without argument in the Eleventh and D.C. Circuits and in a Florida state appellate court. Rick has handled a number of cases that received substantial press attention.
Rick is an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law where he co-teaches the Supreme Court Program, in which students assist in preparing submissions to the United States Supreme Court. From 2003 to 2017, Rick was an Adjunct Instructor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law.
The Legal 500 US regularly rates Rick as a “recommended lawyer” in Insurance Law, noting he is “fantastic” (2016) and a “great analyst recommended for his ability to comprehensively understand business” (2015). He is also recognized as an “excellent appellate and trial court advocate” (2014).