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Robert R. Simpson


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Robert Simpson is a member of the firm’s seven-person Management Committee and leads its Drugs and Medical Devices Group. Robert was recently recognized as one of 2018’s Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants for 2018-2019.

Robert has been first or second chair trial counsel in more than twenty-five cases that have gone to verdict. He focuses on products liability litigation, with an emphasis on drug and medical device litigation, as well as toxic tort litigation. For the last several years, he has served as lead trial counsel, national counsel and local counsel for several global pharmaceutical and medical device companies, including Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries. Robert has handled nationwide litigation relating to anticoagulants, hip implants, pelvic mesh, NSAIDs and atypical antipsychotic medication litigation, amongst other products. In addition to serving as trial counsel, Robert has managed all stages of pre-trial proceedings, taken and defended depositions of key expert, C-Suite and other company witnesses throughout the United States and Europe, and has briefed and conducted Daubert and Frye challenges.

Robert’s litigation practice has included multi-district litigation, class actions, mass torts and claims for unfair competition and false advertising. Robert also regularly handles employment and commercial disputes.

Robert serves as a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a trial instructor for NITA and the American Bar Association. He frequently gives presentations on e-discovery, the use of technology in the courtroom, deposition techniques and litigation management. He has held top leadership positions in the ABA Litigation Section, the National Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.


  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation (2013-2019); Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (2018-2019)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Litigation: General Commercial (2003-2006)
  • Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Civil Litigation: Defense (2006-2018); Business Litigation (2006-2009)
  • Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine (2018)
  • Trailblazer Award: George W. Crawford Black Bar Association (2017)
  • NBA Presidential Award (2013)
  • Lawyers of Color - High Achievers, Connecticut Law Tribune (2011)
  • Community Service Award, Urban League of Greater Hartford (2009)
  • 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal (2004)
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Fellow
  • New Leaders of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2002)
  • Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award, Hartford County Bar Association (2002)
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates: Member
  • American Bar Association: Co-Chair, Regional Planning Committee (2017-present), Council Member, Section of Litigation; Division Director (2010-2012); Co-Director of Division V - Substantive Areas of Litigation Committee; Co-Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation (2006-2009); Co-Chair, Section Annual Conference (2010), Section of Litigation; Managing Co-Director, Section of Litigation (2010-present); Advisory Committee, Section of Litigation (2009); Advanced Planning Leadership Facilitation
  • National Bar Association: Past Chair, Commercial Law Section (Section of the Year, 2014); General Counsel (2015); Treasurer, Commercial Law Section; Chair, Corporate Recruitment Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Federal Judiciary Committee Member; House of Delegates; Executive Committee, Litigation Section Executive Committee
  • Hartford County Bar Association: Board of Directors
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, Advisory Board Member (Past)
  • Commission on Civil Court Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member, Appointed by Chief Justice Rogers, Chaired by Judge Linda K. Lager

Community Involvement

  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, Inc.: Board of Directors (Past)
  • City of Hartford, Democratic Town Committee: General Counsel (Past)
  • Hartford County Bar Foundation: Board of Directors
  • Leadership Greater Hartford
  • McDonough Mentoring Program: Founder; Mentor
  • Pathfinder Scout Group: Drill Instructor
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Riverfront Recapture, Inc.: Board of Directors

$5.5 Million Judgment for Client Following a Trial Involving Antitrust, Unfair Trade Practices and Breach of Contract Claims

In a case on the Connecticut state court complex litigation docket, the owner of a large gasoline terminal sued our clients claiming antitrust violations, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, misrepresentation, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. All of the plaintiff’s claims were disposed of before trial, and the case went forward solely on our clients' counterclaim for breach of contract. After two trials and two appeals, the court awarded our clients $5.5 million in damages and attorneys' fees.


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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.,1993, Merit Scholar Recipient
  • Case Western Reserve University, M.B.A., 1993, Weatherhead School of Management
  • Boston University, B.A., 1989, Scarlet Key Award Recipient

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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