James M. Simpson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Memphis, TN

Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, PLLC
 | 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 650
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-410-5935
Fax: 901-684-1768
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2010, 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney James M. Simpson is a founding partner of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie, & Gresham, PLLC, in Memphis, Tennessee. A top-rated trial lawyer with over 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Simpson is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and New York, and he represents clients throughout each of those states, as well as across the country, who have serious and complex legal issues involving any of the following:

    ·        Business and commercial litigation

    ·        Transportation and trucking litigation

    ·        Labor and employment law

    ·        General civil litigation

    Serving both plaintiffs and defendants alike, Mr. Simpson has achieved unprecedented success advocating for the rights and entitlements of his clients. A veteran of numerous class actions, he has handled a variety of cases involving civil rights violations, labor and pay disputes, and more. Over the course of his career, he has secured many verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars, earning his membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

    Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and high ethical standards, Mr. Simpson holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel voted him among the top attorneys in the country for transportation and labor and employment law. He also holds a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from Avvo, and he is a fellow with the Memphis Bar Foundation.

    A 1988 graduate of Furman University, Mr. Simpson obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1991. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Circuits.

    Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Simpson is a member of several local, state and national bar associations, and he routinely conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 40%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 30%Employment Litigation: Defense
    Focus Areas

    Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

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    Super Lawyers: 2006, 2010, 2012 - 2020

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    About James Simpson

    Admitted: 1991, Tennessee

    Professional Webpage: http://www.allensummers.com/attorneys/jamessimpson/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
    • American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Top Rated Lawyers in Transportation Law
    • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum are comprised of prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.  Jim has obtained verdicts and/or settlements of one million dollars or more for his clients on multiple occasions.  There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Members of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. , Member Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers
    • American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment Law
    • Avvo is a consumer-based attorney rating service and website.  AVVO uses information regarding an attorney's experience, background, professional achievements, industry recognition and disciplinary history to provide its profiles and ratings.  Jim has obtained the highest rating possible. , 10.0 Superb Rating from AVVO, AVVO
    • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
    • American Bar Association
    • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Mississippi
    • New York State Bar Association
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
    • Arkansas
    • Mississippi Bar Association
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
    • Tennessee
    • Arkansas Bar Association
    • New York
    • Memphis Bar Association
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • EEOC v. Crye-Leike, Inc., No. 4:10-cv-02070-SWW, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, WESTERN DIVISION, 800 F. Supp. 2d 1009; 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85752
    • Truck Parts & Servs. v. Truckpro, Inc., CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:07-CV-78-SAA, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI, WESTERN DIVISION, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17518
    • Fowlkes v. Crye-Leike, Inc., Case No. 4:08-CV-4161 BSM, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, WESTERN DIVISION, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24553; 93 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) P43,855
    • McPherson v. William E. George, Inc., 2010 Tenn. App. LEXIS 276
    • Nipponkoa Ins. Co. v. Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., Case No. 3:06cv0447 , UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE DIVISION, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74440

    Educational Background:

    • Furman University, B.A., 1988
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    80 Monroe Avenue
    Suite 650
    Memphis, TN 38103

    Phone: 901-410-5935

    Fax: 901-684-1768

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