With a legal background ranging from duties as a U.S. Air Force Courts Martial Judge lawyer to services as Texas' top drug traffic prosecutor, Skip Simpson has created a private law practice that has covered a wide range of intriguing matters both civil and criminal.
Nationally recognized for his expertise in suicide and repressed memory cases, he also has claimed successes in commercial litigation, and toxic torts lawsuits. A natural curiosity and an obsession with gathering background research have given him opportunities to handle cases in groundbreaking fields of the law.
Profiled in The Wall Street Journal in 1997 for his pioneering work in suicide litigation, Skip has been most active in cases where psychiatry and mental health questions have arisen. But his personal background reveals a varied career with stints as a military prosecutor, defense lawyer and general courts martial judge; an in-house corporate lawyer, a state and federal criminal prosecutor; and, a privately practicing trial lawyer.
Officially named Texas's top narcotics prosecutor in 1985, he launched his legal career from a position in the U.S. Air Force, which funded his way through law school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. After earning his law degree in 1974 - fives years after joining the Air Force, Skip became a military prosecutor and handled numerous cases of alleged recruit abuse by training instructors at Lackland Air Base. Later he served as a military defense counsel and handled numerous insanity cases, duty that stimulated his curiosity in the mental health legal arena.
Although Skip left active duty in 1981 to join the Dallas County District Attorney's office, the U.S. Justice and Defense departments teamed up one year later to recall Major Simpson for service as a special prosecutor investigating public integrity issues in the military. Highlights of that tenure included the conviction of the highest ranking civilian in the military in Texas.
Moving to the U.S. Attorney's office in Dallas, he won recognition in 1985 from the Texas Narcotics Officers Association and Texas businessman H. Ross Perot as the state's most effective narcotics prosecutor that year. He left the U.S. Attorney's office to accept a position as a trial lawyer for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1985. He launched his own law firm in 1987.
Following his interest in psychology, he's become one of the nation's ranking experts on the legal aspects of psychological problems, handling numerous cases that deal with everything from memory repression and multiple personalities to satanic cult worship and suicide. Simpson settled the first case ever brought by a sexual abuse "retractor" against her therapist based on repressed memory issues.
He also won a $3 million jury verdict against a doctor accused of causing a suicide through the prescription of depression-invoking medications and negligent follow-up to the patient's complaints. In 1996, he scored a $40 million verdict in an intellectual property and breach of contract dispute largely by preventing a key psychologist from testifying against a corporate client. Again in 1997 he scored a $5.9 million verdict in another mental health case.
In recognition as a leader in the mental health field, Mr. Simpson in 2003 was selected as a Research Associate of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Dept. of Psychiatry, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.
On January 1, 2004 he was appointed as a Clinical Instructor at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. In 2006 he was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor. In these roles, Mr. Simpson teaches medical residents subjects focusing on psychiatry and the law.
In 2004 Skip was featured in a book, "The Suicide Lawyers: Exposing Lethal Secrets," authored by C.C. Risenhoover. This book was endorsed by Harold Bursztajn, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Co-Director of Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Bursztajn stated "Skip Simpson is a very thoughtful and kind observer of human beings. He practices a brand of therapeutic jurisprudence that law school far too often neglect to teach. He is a wonderful teacher, colleague, and advocate...I have had the privilege of wholeheartedly recommending him highly for appointment to medical school faculty, as well as to patients in search of a talented and ethical advocate..."
In 2005 Skip was named to the board of directors for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Collin County, Texas which he believes is among the best honors he has received. In addition, Mr. Simpson is a legal consultant to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in New York, New York.
Licensed since 1975
Skip Simpson is nationally renowned as the best suicide lawyer in America -- and he lives up to the reputation. I recently brought Skip in as co-counsel to assist me with a suicide case in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Having Skip's name on the pleadings added instant credibility to the gravity of my case. Skip not only brought his formidable experience to the table, but also a team of expert witnesses whose qualifications are unparalled in the industry. With Skip's able assistance, the case settled for over 7 figures before a single deposition was taken! Skip Simpson gives new meaning to the phrase: "Speak softly and carry a big stick!"”
Glenn Cunningham Medical Malpractice Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I strongly endorse Mr. Simpson's work. He has been an selfless advocate for the mentally ill and others who can't protect themselves for decades. Mr. Simpson brings the same discipline and honor to his profession as he did as a Lieutenant Colonel in the military.
Ben Barron Medical Malpractice Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1975||05/02/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES||THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM||2011|
|Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5||Martindale Hubbell||2009|
|Life member of National Registry of Who’s Who||Who’s Who Historical Society||2000|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||1997|
|Who’s Who in American Law||Who’s Who Historical Society||1988|
|Top Narcotics Prosecutor for Texas||Presented by Ross Perot and The Texas War on Drugs Committee.||1985|
|Who’s Who in Texas||Who’s Who Historical Society||1985|
|Owner||Law Offices of Skip Simpson||1987 - Present|
|Trial Counsel/Assistant General Counsel||SouthWestern Bell||1985 - 1986|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney||Department of Justice||1983 - 1985|
|Dallas County Assistant District Attorney||Dallas County District Attorney's Office||1981 - 1982|
|Air Force Circuit General Courts-Martial Judge||United States Air Force||1980 - 1981|
|Circuit Trial Counsel-Prosecution||United States Air Force||1979 - 1980|
|Area Defense Counsel||United State Air Force||1977 - 1978|
|Judge Advocate||U.S. Air Force||1975 - 1976|
|General’s Aide-de-Camp||United States Air Force||1971 - 1972|
|Missile Combat Crew Officer||U.S. Air Force||1969 - 1971|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|The QPR Institute, Inc||Faculty||2008 - Present|
|Association of Attorney-Mediators||Mediator||2005 - 2008|
|The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism||member||2005 - 2007|
|San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association||member||2004 - Present|
|National Alliance on Mental Illness||Member||2004 - Present|
|American Association of Suicidology||member||1999 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1985 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|Dallas Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|TLAP News, Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program||Preventing Suicide: A Challenge to the Legal Profession||2009|
|GPSolo, a publication of the American Bar Association||Preventing Suicide: A Challenge to the Legal Profession||2008|
|American Academy of Psychiatry and Law||Attorneys’ Requests For Complete Tax Records From Opposing Expert Witnesses: Some Approaches to the Problem||2006|
|Journal of Psychiatric Practice Vol. 10, No. 3||Avoiding the Malpractice Snare: Documenting Suicide Risk Assessment||2004|
|ATLA Professional Negligence Section||Mental Treatment Issues and Suicide||2004|
|South Carolina Lawyer||Shrink Rap: An Introduction to Mental Health Malpractice||2001|
|Shepard’s Expert and Scientific Evidence Quarterly||Causes of Action Against Health Care Providers by Retractors of Abuse Allegations||1994|
|St. Marys University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Conference||Suicide and the Law||2010|
|Why Attorneys Are Different:: Addressing Stress and Depression in the Legal Profession||Why Attorneys Are Different:: Addressing Stress and Depression in the Legal Profession||2009|
|Presentation for Crisis Center Follow Up Grantee Meeting at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration||Legal requirements for national hotlines||2009|
|National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, New York||Policies and Guidelines for Imminent Risk||2009|
|Lawyer2Lawyer and Legal Talk Network||The Impact of the Recession on Law Firms and Lawyers,||2009|
|American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2009 Annual Meeting in Baltimore||Subtly Suicidal: Difficult Cases In Suicide Litigation||2009|
|29th Annual Conference Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Inc||Avoiding the Malpractice Snare||2008|
|Texas Medical Association Conference||Reducing Liability Exposure in the Psychiatric Practice||2007|
|Memphis Criminal Bar||Suicide Prevention and Lawyer Assistance||2007|
|American Association of Suicidology, 39th Annual Conference, American Association of Suicidology||A Therapist’s Nightmare: Being Sued After A Client Dies by Suicide||2006|
|NAMI Oklahoma 18th Annual Conference||Suicide-If I had Only Known||2005|
|38th Annual Conference, American Association of Suicidology||Suicidal Client & Clinician: Approach or Avoidance||2005|
|Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law||"Preventing suicide through family education; Exposing lethal secrets.||2004|
|Didactic Training for Psychiatric Medical Residents||Avoiding the Malpractice Snare: Rule #1, Document||2004|
|Mental Health & The Law in Texas,||Avoiding Two Clinician Land Mines||2003|
|Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law||Mental health and safety of Inpatients in psychiatric hospitals||2003|
|Treatment Issues and Suicide||Preventing Suicide||2001|
|Suicide and Mental Health Malpractice||Watching out for your peers, family, and clients||2001|
|Texas-Oklahoma Joint Annual Convention||Suicide prevention||2000|
|Texas Association of Marriage & Family Counselors||Ethics for a New Millennium||2000|
|Nursing Standards||Standard of Care||2000|
|Personal Injury Lawcast Cassette||Illinois High Court Upholds Contributory Negligence Defense in Failure to prevent Suicide Case||1999|
|Good Morning Texas||Inpatient Suicide||1998|
|Eleventh Annual Clinical Hypnosis Workshop||Avoiding Malpractice and False Memories with patients||1998|
|Washington State False Memory Foundation||Memory, Sexual Trauma & the Law||1995|
|False Memory Syndrome||Memory litigation||1995|
|12th International Fall Conference, for the International Society for the Study of Dissociation Plenary Speaker||The Defense of Clinicians--Avoiding Malpractice||1995|
|University of Montana||Current Topics in Law and Mental Health||1994|
|Annual State False Memory Syndrome Foundation||Litigating False Memory Cases||1994|
|Annual State False Memory Syndrome Foundation Conference||How to Try a False Memory Case||1993|
|Judicial Training||Impeachment, the Law of Credibility||1981|