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Searcy L. Simpson Jr.

Medical malpractice Attorney at Frisco, TX

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Skip Simpson

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 49 years
    Illinois - IL Licensed
    Indiana - IN 13 years
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1975
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IL
    Acquired N/A
    Active Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2011
    Temporary Admission Excluded No misconduct found

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About Searcy

Learn Searcy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice
    Plaintiff's counsel in suicide cases representing famlies who lost loved one due to negligence of psychiatric facilities and/or mental health clinicians. See Skip for details of background.

    37 years, 300 cases

  2. Litigation
    Trial lawyer handling significant commerical litigation (SEC, Business Torts, Trade-marks, both plaintiff and defense). Former Assistant United States Attorney, Dallas County Prosecutor, Air Force JAG (Circuit Trial Counsel & Area defense counsel). White Collar (Fraud) Criminal defense.

    51 years, 200 cases

  3. Health insurance

Attorney Skip Simpson is nationally recognized for his work in groundbreaking legal cases involving repressed memory and suicide. 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, attorney Simpson has been most active in cases involving questions of psychiatry and mental health malpractice. His varied legal background also includes experience as a military prosecutor, defense lawyer, and judge; an in-house corporate lawyer; a state and federal criminal prosecutor; and a privately practicing trial lawyer.

Attorney Simpson 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 - five years after joining the Air Force – Simpson became a military prosecutor and handled numerous legal 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, a duty that stimulated his curiosity in the mental health legal arena. He finished his military career as an Air Force Circuit General Courts-Martial Judge.

Although Simpson 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, Attorney Simpson has 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. In 1997, he scored a $5.9 million verdict in another mental health case.

In recognition of his status as a leader in mental health law, 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, a position he held until 2016. In these roles, Simpson taught medical residents subjects focusing on psychiatry and the law.

Simpson is also a leader in the suicide prevention community. He is a member of the American Association of Suicidology and served on the organization’s Board from 2015 to 2021. He has been involved in many special projects for the organization, including creating guidance for telehealth providers to screen for suicide risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2019, Simpson has been a faculty member at the National Suicidology Training Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is also a board member and faculty member at the QPR Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention training.

In 2004, Simpson 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, Simpson was named to the board of directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Collin County, Texas, which he believes is among the best honors he has received. In addition, Simpson is a legal consultant for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in New York, New York.


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Searcy L. Simpson Jr.
2591 Dallas Pkwy
Ste. 300
Frisco, TX, 75034-8563


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Posted by Leslie | March 30, 2015
My family and I were represented by Skip and his firm and if I could have selected something above "excellent", I would have for each category. Skip Simpson never failed to consider me as a whole person and always advised me in ways that were best for myself and my family. He was true and consistent from the first day I spoke to him until today and I expect that will remain true well beyond our legal matters. I am honored to have had Skip as a legal advisor and even more proud to call him a friend. He is someone worthy of respect and trust. I am a better person because of the way he handled our case and I am truly grateful beyond words for how Skip helped restore my faith, my hope and my family... These are things way beyond value!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2015
Recent Client
Skip recently represented my family. Skip's expertise gave us a successful outcome. His character and integrity make him not just a great lawyer but a great man. I highly recommend Mr. Simpson.
Posted by Lynn | October 9, 2014
Skip brought our family back together!
Skip represented us in a medical malpractice suit several years ago. We did go to trial, and Skip was a maestro in the courtroom. He turned every witness for the defense into a witness for us! He took the time to prepare us for what to expect during a very difficult trial. Skip was, and is a very ethical and caring man! Our family had been torn apart by some very unscrupulous people, and Skip brought us back together! He remains a very important person in our lives!
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Posted by Brian | August 4, 2011
Shaun Johnson Death
After the death of our son we were fortunate to have "Skip" brought into our case. Without revealing details "Skip" researched investigated this unnecessary tragic death and brought the facility and individuals responsible to a just result holding them accountable. "Skip" treated our family with respect and compassion. We are sincerely grateful for his professionalism.
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Posted by Denise | August 18, 2010
AMAZING Lawyer and Human Being
Skip Simpson is one of the most unique, caring , brilliant, trustworthy, devoted, determined and compassionate men I know. His work as an attorney far surpasses anything imaginable. He is committed to his work, his beliefs and his clients. I don't know how I fell upon him but now believe I was lead to him as he was the perfect man and lawyer to drive out litigation. His knowledge of his field is unsurpassed and his connections to the best experts in unmatched. My family had originally hired an attorney from a large Arizona firm but quickly became disenchanted with their blatent concern for a quick settlement in spite of the glaring negligence in our case. Again, I fell upon Skip via a random Google search....spoke with him...and moved quickly to fire our "big corporate attorney." Skip worked diligently, painstakenly, and was a real advocate and pit bull when needed. Thanks to him, we got the result we desired and it was NOT about "the money." It was about doing the right thing, which is what this man is all about. I am blessed to know him and he will not let you down. He is rare and so worthy of your case. Denise Burne Fein President/Founder Break the Silence www.break-the-silence and President/Dealer Principal Matt Burne Honda Scranton, PA
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Posted by Anne | July 10, 2010
brilliant and compassionate
Mr. Simpson was tireless in his pursuit of our claim. He was tough in the negotiations and depositions, thourough in his research of the law and facts and resourceful in his search for experts. Most of all, he actually cared about our family and achieved a result that exceeded our expectations.
Posted by Laura | July 1, 2010
Just the Best Lawyer in Texas!!!
Skip Simpson was my attorney on a case - the first of its kind - against therapists helping to create false memories. From the very second I met this man; he has been and remains one of the finest attorneys I have ever known. And, we have remained friends since our meeting in 1991. He took me from a worn down, emotionally distraught, ex-patient, to a positive, self assured person who held people accountable for injuring me and my child. Skip is not only up front and honest with his clients, he is supportive and easy to count on. For nearly 20 years, he has remained my friend. Our case was difficult, but he believed in me when I could not believe in myself. Most importantly, Skip is a gun-slinger in trial. If you find yourself needing a lawyer, you want the best. They broke the mold when they put a law degree on this guy. I will always have the utmost respect and admiration for this man. Since my case settled out of court in 1993, I have remained friends with Skip. Many times thru the years I have called him just to get a “boost” because I know he respects me and cares a great deal for me and my family. I know if I ever get into any trouble, Skip will help me. He has proven that on several occasions. My daughter was just 12 when we began our lawsuit. He was beside her during depositions and I saw him slam the table defending her against an – shall we say - unscrupulous opposing counsel. Skip has never let me down. He will always be someone I will love and admire. He has a lovely family and so obviously cares deeply for them. Skip is a family man, a strong man, and a wonderful friend. If you need an attorney, I would say look no further because he is and will always be the best of the best. He puts his whole self into each client and their case. I firmly believe I am a better person today because Skip Simpson changed my life in 1991.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975


  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • The QPR Institute, Inc.
  • Faculty Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • The QPR Institute, Inc
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • 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
  • American Association of Suicidology
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • Mediator
  • 2005 - 2008
  • The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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!"”"
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Frisco Medical malpractice Lawyer Searcy L. Simpson Jr.
Searcy L. Simpson Jr.
Medical malpractice Attorney
Frisco, TX
Licensed for 49 years