As lawyers, we stand in a unique position of trust with our clients, our justice system, and our profession as a whole. I take these obligations seriously, and I feel privileged to be called upon to honor that trust daily.
When I meet with clients, my main focus is to simply listen. By understanding the details of my
client’s challenges, I can better recommend and implement effective legal solutions. While I may not be able to provide every answer to every client question at our initial consultation, I strive to make sure each client garners a greater understanding of the laws applicable to his circumstances, the reasons and precedents underpinning those laws, and options that may be available to him or her. (Many of my clients report to having felt better the moment they realized they could talk to a professional without interruption.)
Fact investigation and trial preparation are of course vitally important to the success of any matter, but so too I submit is an appreciation and understanding for the emotional impact a problem may be having on a client. For without fully understanding how a legal challenge may be affecting a client's life, his family, or his career aspirations, I believe one
cannot truly render sound counsel. Where a prolonged jury trial may be the best recommendation for a client able to withstand the physical and mental rigors attendant to such a trial, mediation may
be the preferred course for another. Where a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing may be the best course for a businessman facing crushing debt and a tidal wave of lawsuits, contractual compromises and settlements outside of bankruptcy may be the best option for another. Each case is different. Each client is different. And where the level of complexity in a given legal matter is high, a lawyer who has expertise in multiple practice areas may be the right choice.
In law school, I was selected to represent my school in state-wide moot court advocacy competitions. Since then, I have successfully represented individuals in courtrooms throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. For over 21 years, I have been helping individuals facing some of the most trying times in their lives. I have aspired to do so with compassion, optimism, and a belief that while we may be working on serious issues, we need not take ourselves seriously all of the time. Whether representing individuals suffering from catastrophic personal injuries caused by a negligent driver or defending a doctor facing a medical malpractice action, I approach each case with the confidence that whatever challenge is before us, we will meet it prepared and ready to give our very best. Whether I am called to help a homeowner facing crushing credit card debt and possible foreclosure, or a creditor seeking to protect its rights against a bankruptcy debtor, I seek to
build long-term attorney-client partnerships based on
mutual respect, competency, and honesty.
A lawyer's duty of honesty, competency and loyalty flows
not only to his clients, however, but the justice system generally. As officers
of the court system, we are relied upon by judges always to make truthful, accurate and well-grounded representations and arguments to the Court. This is a corner stone of the adversarial
process and promotes the conservation of judicial resources. For me, no cause is worth compromising this principle.
Moreover, as officers of the Court, lawyers owe a duty to assist those in need of legal services who may be unable to fight for themselves whether through financial disadvantage, discrimination or disability. This is why a significant percentage of my practice is pro bono publico. Much of this work has been in assisting defendants charged with criminal offenses and/or serious traffic offenses, such as DWI.
As professionals, lawyers are ethically obligated to treat not only their clients and judges they appear before with dignity, honesty and respect, but we must show the same as to each other. Indeed, each lawyer should accord his or her professional colleagues, irrespective of how
hard a legal fight may become, a level of professional courtesy I believe all of us have earned. Irrespective of how adversarial a case may become, lawyers owe it to our system to not allow our clients' fights to become personal. This improves our justice system, and the quality of life for all lawyers.
All of these principles are important to me and will remain so. I have worked for many years to assure
that the most qualified and ethical practitioners in Northern Virginia ascend to the judicial bench. Having a merit-based screening and selection system, Northern Virginia is indeed blessed with outstanding jurists. We must remain vigilant in this regard.
Hourly ($350-450/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (15%)
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Beyond mastery of the law, Andrew Simpson has wisdom and perspective that informs his handling of criminal defense. Andrew's insight and understanding of the underlying issues allows him to take positions that benefit his clients. Just recently I referred a complex matter to Andrew, and he was able to negotiate an outstanding and fair result.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1988||10/09/2009|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law||Thomson West||1987|
|Principal||Andrew G. Simpson, PLC||1991 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Alexandria Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee||Member||2006 - Present|
|Andrew Roth v. Fairfax County School Board et al||Jury Verdict for Plaintiff and Plaintiff's mother|
|In re Larry Henderson||Verdict for Plaintiff|
|M. Ray v. Group Health Association||Jury Verdict for Plaintiff|
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|Emory University School of Law||National Assoc of Trial Advocacy||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Virginia||American History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|