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John P. Simpson

Criminal defense Attorney at Cumberland Foreside, ME

5.0   28 reviews
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  • Licensed for 11 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%

    12 years, 30 cases

  2. Family
    25%
    Divorce, Parental Rights & Responsibilities, Protection Orders (PFA's), Child Custody, Guardianships, Guardian Ad Litem

    12 years, 30 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Complex and High Net Worth Cases, Nuptial Agreements, Alimony

    12 years, 25 cases

  4. Business
    15%
    Business Contracts, Real Estate Transactions, Purchases and Sales of Businesses

    15 years, 7 cases

  5. Child custody
    10%

  6. Appeals
    5%

    16 years, 5 cases

DO YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER? ATTORNEY SIMPSON WILL WORK WITH YOU TO GET THE RESULTS YOU WANT.

My practice areas include:

Family Law - Divorce & Parental Rights, Child Custody, Protection Orders, Mediation, Motions to Modify & Enforce, Guardian ad litem services.

Criminal Defense - OUI, OAS, Drug possession, DV, Assault, Bail Violations.

Business Law - Contracts & Legal Agreements, Litigation, New Business Formation, Financing & Acquisitions, Real Estate Purchases and Sales.

Litigation - Trials in District & Superior Courts.

Appeals to Maine's Supreme Judicial Court.

Mediation - Mediator for Family Law and Business Cases.

Client service is my highest priority.  Please call for a free 30 minute consultation.

 Weekend and evening appointments can be scheduled upon request.

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Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2016
Client's Choice
2018 2016

Location

John Simpson, Attorney At Law
5 Island View Dr
Cumberland Foreside, ME, 04110

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by David & Katie | February 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Warrior Lawyer
John Simpson has handled my family’s legal matters for several years with unwavering devotion. He has been extremely dedicated to us as he puts his heart and soul into his duties and fights for life changing results. An honorable and brilliant man, we couldn’t be happier with the ways in which he has gone exceedingly above and beyond for our family. With his diligent and faithful work ethic, John genuinely cares about making a positive difference in our lives and I can truly say that he is the biggest contributing factor to our overall success. I would strongly suggest Mr. Simpson to anybody who is searching for an attorney that will fight relentlessly for you until the very end. We are forever grateful for him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful for this attorney
I have never had an attorney who puts people before the money, as John does. Of course, he needs to be paid and should be paid top dollar but John doesn’t fit into the mold of a streotypical money-hungry/ cut-throat/ self-centered attorney. He’s wise and honest and will tell you the truth— not just what you want to hear— and, most of call, he actually cares and will take the time to listen and offer the best advice.
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Posted by Dylan | June 18, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and Knowledgeable
Very well versed with all aspects and potentialities with my case. Even while consulted on a last minute basis swapping council. Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome guy!! Intelligent lawyer!!!
This guy earns his money!!! He is worth every Penney and maybe even buying him a lunch ! He listens to what you have to say and gives you the correct information you need going forward. He’s very knowledgeable knows how’s things work in many areas and won’t just tell you what you want to hear. If you are looking for an awesome lawyer to fight for you in so many ways and keep you informed along the way this is the guy! Thank you so much John Simpson for helping Me and my family !!!
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Posted by Don | February 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb attorney
In January 2020 my deeply troubled daughter obtained a Protection from Harassment (PFH) order against me in Portland to stop all contact between me and her two children, with whom I had a wonderful relationship.  4 months later in May, at the height of Covid 19, I sent a birthday card and herbal tea to my granddaughter and 4 months after that my daughter insisted I be charged with a crime for that. After nearly 2 more years the district attorney’s office finally agreed to a deferred disposition agreement that would leave me free from a criminal record. However, this made my daughter, the so called victim of my birthday gift crime, more irate and she argued that I must have a criminal label and should be incarcerated (I have a full lifetime free of violence or criminal history). But my daughter's unfounded claims, with constant court / DA encouragement that she was a victim of everything, escalated even further beyond the absurd. The DA’s office wrote to "pull the proposal" and went on to demand I be deemed a criminal and be incarcerated.  At that point I contacted Attorney John Simpson. He patiently listened to the history and facts. John’s mind is razor sharp and he quickly understood the essence of what happened. His deep understanding of the Maine criminal courts and the politics of the DA’s office was exactly what I needed. Attorney Simpson had experience working with each of the three judges and four assistant district attorneys that ended up being involved my case. Attorney Simpson cut through things and explained that the DA could not renege on an agreement by trying to miscast it as a withdrawal of an offer. To make a long story short, he helped me draft a motion that forced the DA to reinstate the substance of the deal we had made. The Judge would not credit the lost time, but the vicious absurd criminal charges will be dismissed and I will have no permanent criminal record. I have worked with many attorneys. None are better than John, who combines the fast and sure battle instincts of an experienced, no-nonsense criminal defense attorney with civility, patience and political savvy.  John Simpson has very high personal integrity and is one of the finest human beings I have had the privilege of knowing. He was there when I needed him, it goes without saying that he has my highest recommendation and you may contact me if desired.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and CARING
I came to John in a sad divorce with a lot of emotional lies and things happening that were not accurate as well as my ex-wife’s attorneys were really lousy, and dealing with lawyers that didn’t know what they’re doing really just hurt my ex-wife more as they dragged it out probably just to raise their fees. At that time I was hell-bent on proving the truth and John took the time to work with me and focus on what’s important, and his level of detail and knowledge of the court system, as well as the laws, made it so that by the end of everything I had exactly what I wanted and lost nothing. His level of caring is exactly what I needed to get my family through this horrible time for both sides. If you’re ever in the unfortunate situation, as I was getting divorced I highly recommend using John Simpson he deserves so much more then what I could ever give him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience
I had the luck of having Attorney John Simpson be my divorce lawyer.  John was extremely patient and understanding and very detailed when working on my long and very complex case.  I am a physician and have four children.  My case involved international  assets. I was extremely impressed with John's knowledge and meticulous work. He insured that I took my time in making a decision every step of the way. He was very accessible and I never felt that he was motivated by any financial incentive. Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for his hard-work and kindness.  I strongly recommend John in a complex divorce case like mine.  I got what I believed was fair to me.  John worked with professionalism and wisdom in my case and with the lawyers of my ex-husband, whom were pressuring us to make hasty decisions.  He was prepared for any possible tactics of the other lawyers.  I am extremely happy with his service, and I highly recommend him. Thank you, John!  I will never forget your support!
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Posted by Mingli | May 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Simpson holds the highest ethical standard
I had an opportunity working together with Mr. Simpson on a case before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. Throughout the process, Mr. Simpson always showed his responsibility on the case, including meeting up with the adversary, attending the case strategy discussions, showing up on time at the Court room for arguments. Mr. Simpson demonstrated his care of client’s best legal interests and he is a good listener. Mr. Simpson is one of the best picks when looking for a representing attorney.
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Posted by John | February 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
This is phenomenon by my opinion
Iam not usually leaving reviews but I’ll do that one. I was looking for advices for two cases. Family court and criminal court. I tried to get an attorney from everywhere so he’ll can help me. The problem is the most of the attorneys out there they tried to get the money first and then probably when you really need them they disappearing. I called mr Simpson and I realized from day 1 he is looking out for me first. He was there anytime I needed him even if I was calling him really early at the morning when he was driving for work. He explained everything I was in need just the time I was needing him. He have a lot of experience about law. He was able to help me about criminal and family court and he gave me the best way to get through both cases. If you need an attorney who will really take care of you just the time you need him so you’re not gonna loose important deadlines I recommend mr Simpson. He stay there as long as you need him to get you step by step out of this stressful situation. If all attorneys were like him this world would be a better world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ll always be grateful for you.
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Posted by Bill | February 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Bill Robinson
Don't be fooled by John's easy-going manner. He handled a divorce for me with a very uncooperative defendant who used delaying tactics. John put a quick end to it. John's fees are reasonable, but more important he uses your money very efficiently.
Posted by KAREN | December 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
My abusive ex-husband put all our assets in his name and (without my permission) gave our house to his daughter. When I asked for a divorce, his lawyer told me I would get nothing. For a while, it looked like I might end up homeless and penny-less. Thankfully, I found a smart attorney. Attorney John Simpson did some research and discovered the deed to our house was not properly transferred, and that the house actually belonged to me. As a result, my ex-husband quickly agreed to pay me a substantial sum of money. I highly recommend that you call John Simpson if you need a lawyer. He is compassionate, honest and patient … and a really good negotiator too. John was very professional and helped me in every way a lawyer good! We won the the case do to his diligence and perseverance . I am very proud to be his client and you will not go wrong with person!! He is kind and very patient and new exactly what he was doing!! I was blessed to have him on my side!!!
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Posted by Kevin | October 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Simpson should be your first call.
I talked with Mr. Simpson about my case as a consult and he went the extra mile for me. After hearing all the pertinent facts he guided me to the best solution. He helped me keep my case alive when all seemed lost. I am extremely grateful he used his expertise to help me. Save yourself some time and call Mr. Simpson first.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free insightful consultation
He spoke to me for 45 minutes and diligently walked me through my available options without ever asking me to pay a fee or commit to anything. Mr. Simpson seems to be a great communicator and genuine individual. I am glad I spoke to him, I feel like many people can benefit from his wisdom.
Posted by Stephen | February 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job in family matters.
Attorney John Simpson represented me in a very difficult divorce. The first thing my ex-wife did was file a bogus PFA (protection from abuse) complaint. She and her lawyer were on a mission to take away all my money and my children too, but thankfully Attorney Simpson had my back. John got the PFA dropped. Then John showed the judge that my ex-wife’s financial demands were unreasonable. In the end, I walked away with the better deal. Thanks to John, I got to keep the house and, more importantly, my children live with me. I highly recommend that you call Attorney Simpson if you ever find yourself dealing with a PFA or you need a good divorce and child custody lawyer.
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Posted by Nicholas | February 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Superb attorney!
Attorney John Simpson helped me regain custody of my two children. I was teaching in China when my sister attempted to grab custody of my children by filing an emergency guardianship case in probate court. As a result, I had to quit my job immediately and fly back to the United States. When I arrived in Maine my sister insisted that my children stay living with her and filed a protection from abuse complaint (PFA) against me, making numerous untrue allegations. Attorney Simpson represented me at the PFA hearing and convinced the judge to order my sister to return my children. My children and I then went to Georgia to live. That wasn’t the end of our troubles, however. My sister and her attorney relentlessly pursued the guardianship case for six more months. Attorney Simpson fought back though and eventually got that case dismissed too. As well as being a strong advocate, an excellent negotiator and skilled trial lawyer, John is a genuinely upstanding person. I highly recommend Attorney Simpson to anyone involved in a challenging case, and I am grateful to have met him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Recommended
It has been quite a year since I first contacted Attorney John Simpson for help with my deteriorating marital situation. I had just initiated a cooling off period with my ex-wife and while I hoped at that time to keep the marriage intact, I knew that this would only be possible if my financial future would be protected. I asked John for advice, and his suggestion of a post nuptial agreement gave me the time that I needed and protected me financially while I figured out what to do next. A while later, when I surrendered to the inevitable, John helped me to navigate the divorce process by writing a settlement agreement that was fair and that would stand the test of time. While he offered to handle the entire process, I appreciate that he also gave me the option of doing some of the basic and routine paperwork and court filing myself so that his fee would be as low as possible, while still being at my side as my ex-wife and I were in court. Most importantly, when the inevitable unexpected curve ball came my way, the settlement agreement indeed proved to be iron clad. John's response to this most recent crisis was immediate and his advice was once again right on point. John actually designed a full, final and absolute release that completely deflected this curve ball in a way that was very financially advantageous to me. In brief, John consistently listened to my concerns, promptly answered my questions, proposed solutions that protected my interests for every issue that I encountered, and his fees exceeded my expectations for being fair and reasonable. I highly recommend John Simpson to anyone who needs a good lawyer and I would ask him to represent me in the future without reservation or hesitation.
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Posted by Jaime | January 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
*Help me get primary custody of my 3 children*
Attorney John Simpson helped me to get primary custody of my three children. John Simpson was a compassionate and dedicated advocate for me in complex court proceedings that dragged on for a year. I highly recommend John to any parent involved in a divorce, child custody or child support case. When my case began I was working with another attorney but I did not feel that he was supportive or advocating enough on my behalf. So, after having a friend recommend him, I contacted attorney John Simpson to asked him to be my lawyer and I was very satisfied with how he advised, supported and advocated for me.
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Posted by Cody | October 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Shining Beacon of Justice
Two years ago John was a lawyer of the day for me in a criminal matter. He has since represented me in criminal, civil, and family court. He went up against the district attorney, the attorney general, and a very pricey well know lawyer and won every case. He is currently representing my family in a real estate matter. He's always easy to get a hold of and I can talk directly to him instead of leaving a message with a secretary and waiting to hear back. He is very down to earth, and well versed in many different parts of the law. He is great at looking at things from the other parties perspective and seeing what is necessary to win a case. He helped me look at situations calmly and rationally in a time where it seemed like everything was going wrong. His honest approach is one of the reasons our family keeps coming back to him. I can't say enough good things about this man.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient!
John has been there every step of the way through my divorce. Every minute has been used extremely well. He is actually a good person, and he helped me avoid unnecessary legal fees!
Posted by Karen | August 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
John P. Simpson
I have now had the good fortune to work with Attorney Simpson on two cases. The first case was an appeal of a divorce judgment to the Maine Supreme Court. The second case was a child custody matter. I can attest that Attorney Simpson has excellent courtroom and trial skills and a deep knowledge of the law. Attorney Simpson is very patient and compassionate. He takes the time to explain everything clearly and gave good advice. If you are looking for representation in a challenging legal matter, you should call Attorney Simpson.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Simpson Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Thaddeus Day
  • 2014 - 2015
  • General Counsel
  • MacImage of Maine LLC
  • 2008 - 2014
  • President
  • MacImage of Maine LLC
  • 1996 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Perkins Coie
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Legal Intern
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • 1995 - 1995
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Education

  • Vermont Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Duke University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1984
  • Colby College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jablonski v. Renison
  • Maine Supreme Court Denied Appeal
  • MacImage of Maine v. Androscoggin County, et al.
  • Won Injunction Granting Access to Records
  • MacImage of Maine v. Hancock County
  • Won Injunction Granting Access to Records
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Associations

  • United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maine Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • MSAD #51 Board of Directors
  • Director
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • MSAD #51 Board of Directors
  • Chair, Legal Policy Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Sunshine Award
  • Maine Freedom of Information Coalition
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Testimony at the Judiciary Committee
  • Family Law - Shared Primary Residency
  • 2015
  • Real Estate Institute
  • Online Title Research
  • 2010
  • CLE Seminar for Lawyers
  • Advanced Land Records In Maine
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Federal crime Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had an opportunity working together with Mr. Simpson on a case before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, when jointly representing a same client. Throughout the process, Mr. Simpson always showed his responsibility on the case, including meeting up with the adversary, attending the case strategy discussions, showing up on time at the Court Room for arguments. Mr. Simpson demonstrated his care of client's best legal interests and he is a good listener. Mr. Simpson is one of the best picks when looking for a representing attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John works diligently on his cases. The passion he brings to law is one of the reasons I send him clients when I am unable to take on the work. He is responsive, has a quick wit and dedicated to his matters."
Cumberland Foreside Criminal defense Lawyer John P. Simpson
John P. Simpson
Criminal defense Attorney
Cumberland Foreside, ME
Licensed for 11 years
Free Consultation