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Attorney Robert R. Simpson Honored With Urban League of Greater Hartford "Community Service Award"

February 23, 2009

A dynamic attorney and passionate community volunteer has been recognized with a major “Community Service Award” from the Urban League of Greater Hartford. Attorney Robert R. Simpson, a Partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP, received the prestigious award on Saturday, February 7 at the Urban League’s 2009 Black History Celebration at La Renaissance in East Windsor, Conn.

Attorney Simpson’s practice focuses on product and toxic tort liability, business and employment litigation. He represents major product manufacturers and distributors in matters ranging from automobiles to asbestos. His clients have included some of the largest automobile manufacturers and energy companies in the world. He has handled numerous litigations involving fraud, unfair trade practices, tortious interference and copyright infringement. He has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout New England and New York involving catastrophic injuries, commercial disputes and employment discrimination, and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Connecticut Supreme Court.

His cases have included gun litigation on behalf of the City of Bridgeport, Conn. He challenged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a landmark case on behalf of a local gospel radio station to keep them on the air; that resulted in a change of federal legislation and received national coverage. He also tried the longest dental malpractice case ever in Connecticut’s history, winning the case for his client, a Danbury dentist. Attorney Simpson’s Pro Bono work includes helping Greater Hartford Legal Aid to prosecute a class action against the Connecticut State Department of Public Health because of inadequate dental care for children with Medicare. That case resulted in a substantial settlement for the plaintiffs and increased funding for the program.

A National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) instructor at the Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute, Attorney Simpson regularly provides practical e-discovery management seminars to corporate law departments throughout the State. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer about technology in the courtroom and litigation management.

Despite his demanding legal practice, Attorney Simpson devotes a great deal of time and effort to civic and community organizations in the Capital Region. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, Inc. and of Riverfront Recapture, Inc. He is a member of Leadership Greater Hartford, having completed its leadership training program several years ago. The General Counsel for the Hartford Democratic Town Committee, Attorney Simpson is a Founder and Mentor of Hartford’s McDonough School Mentoring Program, and also is a Precision Drill and Marching Instructor for the Pathfinder Scout Group which is comprised of Hartford-area youngsters.

Attorney Simpson has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers in the area of Litigation. Earlier this year, he was listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Civil Litigation Defense for the second consecutive year. He has been honored as a 2003 James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, as one of the 2002 New Leaders of the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, and with a Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award, by the Hartford County Bar Association in 2002. He is a member of the elite Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court, a group of judges, practicing attorneys, law professors and students who meet regularly to discuss and debate issues relating to legal ethics and professionalism.

Attorney Simpson is a member of the National Bar Association’s Executive Committee – Commercial Law Section. The Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Corporate Counsel, Section of Litigation, he is the Meeting Co-Chair for the organization’s 2010 Section of Litigation Annual Meeting. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Federal Judiciary Committee and of the organization’s House of Delegates, and is an Executive Committee member for CBA’s Litigation Section. He also serves as a Board member of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, and belongs to the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association.

Attorney Simpson received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. The native of New Rochelle, NY, earned his Bachelors degree from Boston University. He lives in Farmington, Conn. with his wife, Janel, and their two daughters.

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