June, 1968 - April, 1969
Law Clerk, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Worked mainly on criminal cases in that office, writing appellate briefs, preparing legal memoranda in connection with Federal Tort Claims Act matters at the trial and appellate levels.
July, 1969 - April, 1970
Law Clerk, T. Harold Lambert, Attorney at Law, Bainbridge, Georgia. Assisted in the preparation of numerous personal injury cases. Further involved in matters dealing with real estate or property law, probate matters, drafting pleadings and other legal documents.
Admitted to Practice:
Superior Courts of the State of Georgia
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
April, 1970 - December, 1973
Commissioned, Second Lieutenant, Military Police Corps, United States Army, June, 1968.
Active Duty as Second Lieutenant, Military Police Corps, United States Army, April, 1970.
Commissioned as First Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corp, United States Army and promoted to Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corp, October, 1970.
Legal Assistance Officer in October, 1970, providing legal service and advice in tax, domestic, contract and real estate matters, preparing wills, etc. Began trial practice as prosecutor and defense counsel. Assigned in criminal cases at the Special and General Court-Martial levels.
Assigned to Stuttgart Trial Center, Stuttgart, Germany, at its inception in June, 1972, exclusively engaged as prosecutor of criminal offenses before Special and General Courts-Martial. Among the cases assigned were offenses of premeditated murder, negligent homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, larceny, possession of dangerous drugs, riot, and minor military offenses.
Assigned to 2nd Support Command as the Staff Judge Advocate in May, 1973, until released from active duty December, 1973, rendering legal advice and counsel to the Commanding General regarding Military Justice matters. Recipient of Army Commendation Medal upon reassignment from 2nd Support Command.
April, 1973 - December, 1973
Lecturer, University of Maryland, European Division. Lecturer in Business Law courses at the undergraduate level.
Lecturer, City College of Chicago, European Division. Lecturer in Real Estate Law courses at the undergraduate level.
January, 1974 - March, 1979
January, 1974, began practice in Tifton, Georgia, with the law firm of Reinhardt, Whitley and Sims, actively engaged in preparation and trial of tort, personal injury and general litigation matters. Became partner in firm in January, 1976, continuing to be involved almost exclusively in trial practice and general litigation, including representation of insurance companies on defense matters. Included within companies represented were: United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Georgia Farm Bureau Company, Utica Mutual Insurance Company, Ideal Mutual Insurance Company, Bituminous Casualty and others. Withdrew from firm in March, 1979.
March, 1979 - August, 1979
Began solo practice in March, 1979, in Tifton, Georgia, with emphasis on litigation matters, including insurance defense, and workers' compensation matters, for several insurance companies, including primarily Auto-Owners Insurance Company, United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, Grange Mutual Insurance Company, and Ideal Mutual Insurance Company. Also involved in litigation matters for Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation, William Davies Company, d/b/a Shur Gain Feed Division, and Burroughs Corporation.
August, 1979 - November, 1980
Formed partnership with E. Wycliffe Orr. The firm of Simpson & Orr continued representation of insurance companies, including additionally Cotton States Mutual Insurance Company, Shield Insurance Company, Preferred Risk Mutual Insurance Company, and Kemper Insurance Companies.
January, 1981 - 1999
Formed partnership with Joseph B. Gray, Jr., January, 1981, under the firm name of Simpson & Gray. Continuation of practice with concentration on insurance defense and litigation matters representing Cotton States Mutual Insurance Company, Shield Insurance Company, Preferred Risk Mutual Insurance Company, Utica Mutual Insurance Company, Grange Mutual Insurance Company, Integrity Insurance Company, Georgia Mutual Insurance Company, Integon General Insurance Corporation, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Penn Millers Mutual Insurance Company, Penn-America Insurance Company, United Insurance Company, Atlanta Casualty Insurance Company, Union Fidelity Insurance Company, Bankers and Shippers Insurance Company of New York, Scottish and York Insurance Company, Kemper Insurance Company and The Equity Insurance Group. Continued an active trial practice in the areas of insurance, automobile, tort, and product liability law. Additional concentration in the area of arson insurance and defense matters.
Also involved in product liability matters on behalf of plaintiffs in State and Federal Courts. Co-counsel for Tift County Board of Education, 1987 until present. Counsel for Tift County Housing Authority from 1985 until 1994. At present almost exclusively engaged in litigation involving approximately 65% defense matters and 35% plaintiff matters.
Special Assistant to Attorney General, Georgia, 1996-1997 handling tort claim cases.
In 1991, began serving as an arbitrator/mediator in the Pilot Arbitration Program of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia and in 1993, completed the 20-hour mediation/arbitration seminar sponsored by USA&M. Since 1993, has served as mediator or arbitrator in over 250 cases filed in the Superior Courts of the State of Georgia and U.S. Federal District Courts.
The firm name was changed to Simpson, Gray & Cross in January, 1996, with the addition of Melanie B. Cross as a partner. The nature of the law practice was not changed. Mrs. Cross withdrew from the firm in March 1998.
February, 1994 - 1999
In addition to continuing a full-time law practice as set forth above, served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, teaching Insurance during the academic years 1994 and 1995. Attended the 11th Circuit Judicial Conferences for the years 1995, 1997 and 1999.
Formed a partnership with Melanie Barbee-Cross, continuing practice with concentration on litigation matters including insurance defense and personal injury matters for Plaintiffs, along with increased emphasis in health care and employment law and serving as a mediator or arbitrator in civil litigation matters, continuing representation of Tift County Board of Education. In 1999, the partnership of Simpson & Cross also opened an office in Sylvester, Georgia.
Solo practice with concentration in litigation including insurance defense, personal injury, health care and employment laws, while retaining aspects of a general practice including real estate and bank related matters. Arbitration and mediation services and representation of the Tift County Board of Education. The practice maintained two offices, one in Sylvester, Georgia and one in Tifton, Georgia.
Appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court for the Tifton Judicial Circuit.
2007 to present
Principal of Simpson Mediation Services providing mediation/arbitration services of all types of civil cases in Superior and Federal Courts in Georgia.
PERSONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Date of Birth: December 25, 1943, Bainbridge, Georgia
Marital Status: Married, 2 adult daughters, 1 grandchild
Member, First Presbyterian Church of Tifton
Trustee, 1978-1993, 1994-1998
Coordinator Youth Fellowship, 1986-1989
Presbyterian Men of Church, President, 1976-1977
Pulpit Search Committee, Chairman, 1984-1986
Flint River Presbytery:
Member Youth Committee, 1988-1990;
Executive Search Committee, 1989-1990
Member Permanent Judicial Commission, 2000-2003
Synod of South Atlantic:
Member, Permanent Judicial Commission,
1990-1996, Moderator, 1994-1996
Eagle Scout, Bainbridge, GA, 1958
Flint River Boy Scouts Council Member 1976-1978
Eagle Scout District Review Board, 1979-1988
Flint River Boy Scouts District Chairman, 1987-1989
Tifton Sertoma Club, 1974-1995
Member, Tift County Chamber of Commerce, 1974-present
Tift County Easter Seal Chairman, 1977
Hospital Planning Authority 1975-1977
President, Tifton Aquatic Club, 1980
Board Member, Friends of the Library 1981-1984
Community Coordinator, Artist-in-Residence Program
for Georgia Council for the Arts, 1981
Tift County Chamber of Commerce
Education Committee, 1982
Tift County High School Choral Parents'
Association, President 1987-1988
Member, Worth County Chamber of
Commerce, 2000 - 2006
Member, Irwin County Chamber of Commerce,
Member, Tift County Chamber of Commerce,
Member, State Bar of Georgia, 1970 - present
Member, American Bar Association, 1970 - present
Member, Tifton Circuit Tifton Bar Association, 1974-present
Member, Federal Bar Association 1974 - 2005
President, Tifton Circuit Bar Association, 1978, 1990
Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1974-2005
Author's Court, State Bar of Georgia, 1988, Clerk,
1989, Vice Chancellor, 1990, Chancellor, 1991
Member, Rules Committee, US District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1994-1998
Special Master, Disciplinary Proceedings, State Bar of
Georgia, appointed by Georgia Supreme Court, 1991-1994
Member, Membership Services Committee, State Bar of Georgia, 1993
Chairperson, Membership Services Committee, State Bar of Georgia, 1994
Member, Solo/Small Firm Task Force, State Bar of Georgia, 1994
Member, Investigative Panel, State Bar of Georgia,
1994-1998, Vice Chairperson, 1997-1998
Member, Advisory Opinion Board, State Bar of Georgia, 1996-1998
Life Member, The National Registry of Who's Who, 2000 Edition
Member, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, 2001-2005
Member, Lawyer’s Foundation, 2002
Member, State Board of Bar Examiners, 2003-Present
Member, Judicial Nominating Commission, 2003-2005
Superior Court Judge, Tifton Judicial Circuit, 2005-2006
Member, Legislative Committee, Council of Superior
Court Judge, 2005-2006
Member, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee,
State Bar of Georgia, 2004-2005