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Searcy L. Simpson Jr.

Searcy L. Simpson Jr.

also known as Skip Simpson

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Litigation, Health Insurance

About Me

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.


 



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Medical Malpractice: 48%
    28 years, 300 cases
  2. Litigation: 47%
    42 years, 200 cases
  3. Health Insurance: 5%

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (40-45%)

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • James A. Carfagno Jr

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Skip is a highly-skilled trial attorney. He prepares well and is not intimidated about going to trial if settlement cannot be reached. I had the pleasure of working with him on a case. He did a very good job and I would not hesitate to associate with him on a case in the future.

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    James Carfagno Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Steven Scott Eichenblatt

    Skip was highly recommended by fellow lawyers in the Florida Justice Association as person with great skill and integrity. His work ethic on our case together was incredible, and his efforts greatly increased the offers we recieved.Skip is a hands on co-counsel who gets in the trenches with you and fights for the client. I am honored to recommend him to anyone considering his services.

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    Steven Eichenblatt Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

2591 Dallas Pkwy
Ste. 300
Frisco, TX, 75034-8563

2591 Dallas Parkway, Suite 300
Frisco, TX, 75034

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197505/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATESTHE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM2011
Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5Martindale Hubbell2009
Life member of National Registry of Who’s WhoWho’s Who Historical Society2000
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1997
Who’s Who in American LawWho’s Who Historical Society1988
Top Narcotics Prosecutor for TexasPresented by Ross Perot and The Texas War on Drugs Committee.1985
Who’s Who in TexasWho’s Who Historical Society1985

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Skip Simpson1987 - Present
Trial Counsel/Assistant General CounselSouthWestern Bell1985 - 1986
Assistant U.S. AttorneyDepartment of Justice1983 - 1985
Dallas County Assistant District AttorneyDallas County District Attorney's Office1981 - 1982
Air Force Circuit General Courts-Martial JudgeUnited States Air Force1980 - 1981
Circuit Trial Counsel-ProsecutionUnited States Air Force1979 - 1980
Area Defense CounselUnited State Air Force1977 - 1978
Judge AdvocateU.S. Air Force1975 - 1976
General’s Aide-de-CampUnited States Air Force1971 - 1972
Missile Combat Crew OfficerU.S. Air Force1969 - 1971

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
The QPR Institute, IncFaculty2008 - Present
Association of Attorney-MediatorsMediator2005 - 2008
The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalismmember2005 - 2007
San Antonio Trial Lawyers Associationmember2004 - Present
National Alliance on Mental IllnessMember2004 - Present
American Association of Suicidologymember1999 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1985 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1985 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
TLAP News, Tennessee Lawyers Assistance ProgramPreventing Suicide: A Challenge to the Legal Profession2009
GPSolo, a publication of the American Bar AssociationPreventing Suicide: A Challenge to the Legal Profession2008
American Academy of Psychiatry and LawAttorneys’ Requests For Complete Tax Records From Opposing Expert Witnesses: Some Approaches to the Problem2006
Journal of Psychiatric Practice Vol. 10, No. 3Avoiding the Malpractice Snare: Documenting Suicide Risk Assessment2004
ATLA Professional Negligence SectionMental Treatment Issues and Suicide2004
South Carolina LawyerShrink Rap: An Introduction to Mental Health Malpractice2001
Shepard’s Expert and Scientific Evidence QuarterlyCauses of Action Against Health Care Providers by Retractors of Abuse Allegations1994

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceSuicide and the Law2010
Why Attorneys Are Different:: Addressing Stress and Depression in the Legal ProfessionWhy Attorneys Are Different:: Addressing Stress and Depression in the Legal Profession2009
Presentation for Crisis Center Follow Up Grantee Meeting at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationLegal requirements for national hotlines2009
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, New YorkPolicies and Guidelines for Imminent Risk2009
Lawyer2Lawyer and Legal Talk NetworkThe Impact of the Recession on Law Firms and Lawyers,2009
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2009 Annual Meeting in BaltimoreSubtly Suicidal: Difficult Cases In Suicide Litigation2009
29th Annual Conference Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, IncAvoiding the Malpractice Snare2008
Texas Medical Association ConferenceReducing Liability Exposure in the Psychiatric Practice2007
Memphis Criminal BarSuicide Prevention and Lawyer Assistance2007
American Association of Suicidology, 39th Annual Conference, American Association of SuicidologyA Therapist’s Nightmare: Being Sued After A Client Dies by Suicide2006
NAMI Oklahoma 18th Annual ConferenceSuicide-If I had Only Known2005
38th Annual Conference, American Association of SuicidologySuicidal Client & Clinician: Approach or Avoidance2005
Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law"Preventing suicide through family education; Exposing lethal secrets.2004
Didactic Training for Psychiatric Medical ResidentsAvoiding the Malpractice Snare: Rule #1, Document2004
Mental Health & The Law in Texas,Avoiding Two Clinician Land Mines2003
Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the LawMental health and safety of Inpatients in psychiatric hospitals2003
Treatment Issues and SuicidePreventing Suicide2001
Suicide and Mental Health MalpracticeWatching out for your peers, family, and clients2001
Texas-Oklahoma Joint Annual ConventionSuicide prevention2000
Texas Association of Marriage & Family CounselorsEthics for a New Millennium2000
Nursing StandardsStandard of Care2000
Personal Injury Lawcast CassetteIllinois High Court Upholds Contributory Negligence Defense in Failure to prevent Suicide Case1999
Good Morning TexasInpatient Suicide1998
Eleventh Annual Clinical Hypnosis WorkshopAvoiding Malpractice and False Memories with patients1998
Washington State False Memory FoundationMemory, Sexual Trauma & the Law1995
False Memory SyndromeMemory litigation1995
12th International Fall Conference, for the International Society for the Study of Dissociation Plenary SpeakerThe Defense of Clinicians--Avoiding Malpractice1995
University of MontanaCurrent Topics in Law and Mental Health1994
Annual State False Memory Syndrome FoundationLitigating False Memory Cases1994
Annual State False Memory Syndrome Foundation ConferenceHow to Try a False Memory Case1993
Judicial TrainingImpeachment, the Law of Credibility1981