A Civil Litigation Firm In The U.S. Virgin Islands
When litigation puts your assets and reputation at risk, you want a legal advocate with the experience and skills to protect you. The firm’s founding attorney, Andrew C. Simpson, has been litigating cases for more than 34 years. He is AV Preeminent peer review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating.
Attorney Simpson is the only attorney in the U.S. Virgin Islands who has argued a case to the United States Supreme Court and won – by a unanimous decision. The legal team at Andrew C. Simpson, P.C., has a well-established reputation of success in civil jury cases in the Virgin Islands.
Litigating Cases On Behalf Of Businesses And Individuals Throughout The U.S. Virgin Islands
Trial Lawyers For A ‘High Verdict’ Jurisdiction
The Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands has a reputation as a “high verdict” jurisdiction. When the stakes are so high, it is important to have an experienced trial team presenting a sophisticated defense that draws upon the latest developments in trial advocacy. We find that our clients also value our practice of giving accurate evaluations of cases from their inception – evaluations that do not change simply because a trial date is approaching.
We regularly try jury cases on behalf of our corporate and individual defendants, and we pursue verdicts on appeal when necessary.
Unanimous Victory In The United States Supreme Court
On March 27, 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts handed down a unanimous decision in favor of the firm’s client. Andrew Simpson wrote all the briefs at both the certiorari and merits stages and argued the case before the court. As the respected Above The Law website put it: “To be given an opportunity to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court is an honor few lawyers get. Winning is a greater honor. But winning with a unanimous decision is the ultimate honor. And this honor goes to Andrew Simpson a solo practitioner in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Successful Arbitration In Defense Of A Personal Injury Claim
On January 21, 2022, the firm received an Arbitrator’s award in favor of its client, finding after a four-day arbitration hearing that a personal injury claimant’s injuries were due to his own negligence (100%) and not due to any negligence on the part of the firm’s client.
Great Result Defending A Vessel Owner In An Admiralty Action
In the first trial to be held in the District Court of the Virgin Islands after the COVID-19 outbreak, the firm defended a Vessel Owner alleged to have negligently secured two large vessels in a marina during Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane. The court found that the vessel owner was not negligent and awarded contract damages that were roughly 20% of what the plaintiff marina owner was seeking.
Defense Win For A Condominium Association Accused of Civil Rights Violations
After a three day trial in January 2020 in the District Court of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas, the firm succeeded in getting all counts of an eleven count civil rights complaint filed against a condominium association and its board of directors dismissed. The court also awarded the firm’s client over $126,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
A Rare Defense Verdict In A Civil Sexual Assault Case
On January 27, 2017, a Virgin Islands jury returned a defense verdict in a case in which a 65-year-old woman was suing the firm’s client, a 94-year-old man, accusing him of sexual assault at a dinner party. The verdict followed the second trial of the case after the jury deadlocked 8-1 in favor of the firm’s client in the first trial. The jury in the second trial also initially was deadlocked but after Andrew Simpson suggested to the court that the parties be allowed to each have five minutes for a second closing argument to address questions submitted by the jurors, the deadlock was resolved in favor of the firm’s client in less than 30 minutes.
From Complaint To Appellate Victory In Less Than 90 Days
On August 26, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled in favor of our client and reversed the District Court’s decision, reinstating the firm’s client to the ballot for governor of the Virgin Islands. The case was handled on an emergency basis, with the original complaint seeking an injunction filed on May 31, 2014. The firm briefed and argued the issues in the District Court of the Virgin Islands and then filed an emergency appeal with expedited briefing in the Third Circuit – from start to ultimate success on appeal in less than 90 days.
Summary Judgment For Hotel Resort
On August 16, 2019, the District Court of the Virgin Islands granted our client’s motion for summary judgment in a premises liability case arising out of a slip-and-fall in a bathtub at a hotel resort.
Complex Civil Trials, Insurance Defense, Admiralty And Maritime Law, And More
Whether you need assistance with insurance defense matters, insurance coverage disputes, product liability issues, refinery litigation, environmental law matters, management of complex litigation, special “Daubert counsel” to assist at trial, or admiralty and maritime cases, the firm’s legal team stands ready to serve your needs.
High-Quality Legal Services
Serving the entire U.S. Virgin Islands from our historic office building in Christiansted, our practice is devoted to providing high-quality legal services to our clients at competitive rates. For a consultation and additional information about litigating in this complex jurisdiction, please contact Andrew C. Simpson, P.C. Attorneys at Law, at 340-719-3900 or send an email.
*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.
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Andrew C. Simpson
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