The Simpson Law Firm, APC of San Diego, California

simpson_doug_09_aaa_picture squareI solve problems.  And I work to prevent them.

Civil-ligitation counsel.  Over the years I’ve litigated hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal court, and before administrative bodies.  I’ve tried them, appealed them, and resolved them through ADR.  I’ve served as civil-litigation counsel for Fortune 500 companies, for other public and private entities, for governmental entities, and for individuals.  I’ve have huge cases—with as many as 6,000 plaintiffs—and smaller, less-complex cases.  Examples of the areas of law in which I’ve litigated cases are these:

  • Business disputes—partnership disputes, shareholder issues, retirement and benefits issues, labor and collective bargaining issues, interference with contract
  • Environmental property contamination, including related regulatory violations, NOVs, orders, citations, investigations, and hearings—both state-lawsuits and federal suits arising out of CERCLA, RCRA, and other statutes and regulations
  • Toxic torts—inhalation, dermal, and ingestive exposures (I served as managing defense counsel in the Erin Brockovich cases years ago)
  • Contracts—enforcement of contract, reformation of contract, and breach of contract
  • Insurance coverage and bad-faith
  • Land use and permitting
  • Intellectual property, including copyrights infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Real estate—leases, purchase and sale, premises liability, nuisance, trespass, waste,  easements, joint powers
  • Products liability—design defects, failure to warn, manufacturing defects, implied warranty
  • Construction—delay, defects, site injuries, indemnity among contractors, construction insurance, permitting, and land use
  • Medical malpractice and medical devices
  • Torts of all kinds with injuries of all kinds—personal injury cases from burn cases and TBI to less significant orthopedic, neurological or and other injuries
A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits 
others have gained from your success. 
——Cullen Hightower

Corporate Counsel.  With a depth of knowledge gained from civil litigation—serving as the pound of cure—I’ve learned a lot about how easily problems could have been prevented, if only folks had used an ounce of prevention.  I’ve served many people as their business adviser and corporate counselor, helping to prevent trouble.  I’ve served in house counsel for a startup as general counsel and as external corporate counsel for multiple corporations and individuals.  I’ve also served on corporate boards of directors.  I bridge divides, fix things, and prevent issues from arising so that businesses can thrive.  Here are some examples of corporate counseling work that I do:

  • Contract negotiation, drafting, and administration
  • Employment agreements, partnership agreements, consulting agreements, investor agreements, PPMs and SEC reporting
  • Risk management—program development, program review, insurance-policies review, insurance-coverage opinions, risk-shifting-agreements creation, process control, industrial-hygiene consultation, workplace-safety consulation, MDSDs consulation, 911-dispatch-protocol consultation, lease reviews for landlords, pre-suit-claims negotiation, crisis management, external message control, label-warnings review, product instructions review
  • Employee training—best practices to mitigate litigation risk, creation of templates, checklists, guidebooks, methods, and ongoing training as to emerging law and compliance, including regulatory compliance
  • Employment and labor—contract disputes, collective bargaining, benefits, hostile workplace, harassment
  • Government investigations, regulatory compliance, negotiations with regulators
  • Regulatory compliance and emerging law advice, updates, templates, procedures and employee training
  • Intellectual property—licensing, inventor agreements, employment agreements with automatic assignment, NDAs, PIAs, university-sponsored research agreements, teaming agreements, joint ventures, productization of ideas, preservation of trade secrets
  • Government contracts—negotiation of statements of work, teaming agreements and joint ventures while avoiding antitrust problems, FAR, DFAR, and ITAR issues
  • Acquisitions—hard assets, IP, business and personnel
  • Ecommerce—privacy policies, terms and conditions
  • Supplier and vendor contracts
  • Documents—investigations, management, retention, destruction, production
  • General corporate law—entity formation, shareholder agreements, corporate governance, shareholder relations, employee relations, PPMs, SEC reporting
  • Some tax too
  • General problems troubleshooting,
God works wonders now and then:
Behold! A lawyer and an honest man!
——Benjamin Franklin

Mediator.  I’ve mediated dozens of cases as a mediator, and dozens more as a litigant’s attorney.  I serve on the panel of the American Arbitration Association, and am on the San Diego Superior Court panel of mediators as well.  I served on the Los Angeles panel of mediators for more than 10 years.

Multidisciplinary, generalist approach.  Problems often are multifaceted, warranting a multidisciplinary approach to problem analysis and problem solving.  An intelligent question is one-half of wisdom.

Contact me.  Should you need counsel, please contact me.  But please be aware that we have no lawyer-client relationship until such time as we have both agreed in writing to my representation.  Thanks!