Mike is considered one of the preeminent insurance, construction, and commercial litigation lawyers in Texas. During his thirty-five year career as a Texas attorney, he has been a partner with some of the most prominent law firms in the state.
Mike graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1981, and distinguished himself as Comments Editor of the Texas Tech Law Review, graduating cum laude and earning Order of the Coif honors. Mr. Simpson has obtained judgments in several multi-million dollar construction defect cases in which he represented general contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, trade subcontractors, school districts and private owners in both commercial and residential construction and mold cases throughout the state of Texas. In addition to construction litigation, Mike has successfully defended multi-million dollar product and general liability cases involving wrongful death, national and statewide toxic torts, CSST gas pipe, PEX tubing, medical devices and implants, heavy equipment and machinery, fires, explosions and trucking accidents. His insurance practice includes traditional insurance defense, insurance coverage and bad faith cases.
Over the years, Mike has been a member of Defense Research Institute, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, CLM Alliance, various national, state and local bar groups, a public speaker, co-author and presenter of seminars and legal papers on a broad array of insurance, tort, construction and commercial litigation topics.
Mike and his wife Sara have two children: Talmadge, an attorney practicing environmental, natural resources, utility and regulatory law with a firm in Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama; and Callie, the Marketing Design Director for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Honors & Activities:
Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers; Texas "Legal Leaders" Top Rated Lawyers; Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys; CLM Alliance; Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute.
State Bar of Texas
Civil Litigation Section, State Bar of Texas; Insurance Section, State Bar of Texas; Construction Section, State Bar of Texas.
Author and Speaker:
Finding and Selecting Experts, State Bar of Texas Second Annual Advanced Mold Litigation Conference; Expert Admissibility, Mealey's National Mold Litigation Conference; Civil Procedure, Annual Fifth Circuit Symposium, 11 TEX. TECH L. REV. 312 (1980); Constitutional Law - Fifth Amendment –A private cause of action is implied directly under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, 11 TEX.TECH L. REV. 917 (1980); Texas Homeowners Amendatory Endorsement No. HO-161A (Mandatory Endorsement to Policy Form HO-A) and Endorsement No. HO-162A (Mandatory Endorsement for Policy Form HO-B) (Effective 1/1/2002). [Co-counsel and primary contributing author of Amendatory Endorsements that amended coverage and exclusions for mold, fungi, water damage, ensuing loss and other risks.]; Texas Property Claims, Party Mold Claim Handling Training Program (2002) [Co-counsel, provided coverage opinions and evaluated and revised insurers' training materials]; Preparing Witnesses. Paper and presentation for in-house training and CLE at law firms and clients' legal departments.; Taking and Defending Depositions. Paper and presentation for in-house training and CLE at law firms and clients' legal departments.; Discovery Under the New Rules (1999). Paper and presentation for in-house training and CLE at law firms and clients' legal departments.; "Is Your Insurance Policy Greek to You? Understanding Basic Terms of Commercial Insurance Policies" (1996), Presentation to business clients and insurance representatives.
Austin College, Sherman, Texas (B.A., English and Education; M.A., Education); Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (J.D., with honors, Top 5%); Comments Editor, Texas Tech Law Review; Order of the Coif; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Tuloso-Midway I.S.D. v. Ewing Construction Co., Cause No. 10-603421 in the County Court at Law No. 1, Nueces County, Texas [Represented school district in design and construction defect case; Obtained seven figure settlement for school district in excess of defendant’s policy limits]; Zapata County I.S.D. v. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., et al; Cause No. 8,030 in the 49th District Court of Zapata County, Texas (2014); [$15 million construction defect lawsuit involving multiple school buildings in Zapata County, Texas; Obtained summary judgment for defendant window/door manufacturer]; Edcouch-Elsa I.S.D. v. Aleco Construction Company, et al., Cause No. C-633-05-I-2 in the 430th District Court, Hidalgo County, Texas. (2009) [$47 million construction defect lawsuit involving multiple school buildings in Rio Grande Valley of Texas; Obtained summary judgment for defendant window/door manufacturer]; Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Gaskamp, Case No. H-00-CV-4215 (S.D. Tex. 2001), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 280 F.3d 1069 (5th Cir. 2002), dismissed on remand, Sharon Moore Bridges, et al. v. Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 2000-247 in the Circuit Court of Holmes County Mississippi (2006). [Toxic tort case; ultimately obtained dismissal for defendants in state Circuit Court of Mississippi after partial dismissal and remand by Fifth Circuit, which reversed in part and affirmed in part a Houston federal district court’s order compelling arbitration and dismissing plaintiffs’ claims]; Villas on Travis Condominium Owners' Ass'n, Inc. v. Villas by Renaissance, Ltd., et al., Cause No. GN-102070, 53rd Dist. Ct. Travis County, Tex. (June 2004) [$38 Million construction defect and toxic mold case involving luxury condominiums on Lake Travis; obtained dismissal for plumbing subcontractor]; El Paso Natural Gas Co. v. Valero Interstate Transmission Co., et al., No. EP-87-CA-302, 1987 Lexis 14147 (W.D. Tex. 1987) and companion case Clanton v. Valero Interstate Trans. Co., No. C-2302-86-D (Dist. Ct. Hidalgo County, Tex.), reported in Foster Nat. Gas Rpt. No. 1660 at 3 (Feb. 1988) [Co-Counsel; $1 Billion Take-or-Pay case involving several Texas gas producers, Valero entities and El Paso Natural Gas Company. Clients were sued for $1 Billion by producers; obtained dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims and recovered apprx. $15 Million on counter-claims and cross-claims).
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (Highest Rating)