Richard A. Simpson

Adjunct Professor of Law

(202) 374-4634

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Legal Profession
  • Litigation


Rick Simpson joined the Carolina Law adjunct faculty in 2021 and co-teaches the Supreme Court Program. He is a partner with Wiley Rein, LLP, where he has a national trial court and appellate litigation practice, with an emphasis on professional liability and insurance coverage/”bad faith” litigation. He also provides legal ethics advice to law firms, represents lawyers in disciplinary proceedings, serves as an expert witness in lawyers professional liability matters, and is currently the Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. Rick has represented individuals (including White House officials and a U.S. Senator) in connection with criminal and congressional investigations and has an active pro bono practice. Rick has substantial jury and bench trial experience. He has presented oral argument in the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits, the Supreme Courts of Connecticut, Delaware, Ohio, and North Carolina, and intermediate appellate courts in California, Maryland, New York and Texas. He regularly represents parties in the Supreme Court and has been recognized by The Legal 500 US in Supreme Court and Appellate Law. Rick graduated first in his class from Carolina Law. Among other positions, he has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, Deputy Independent Counsel for an investigation conducted under seal, and Associate Independent Counsel for the investigation of then Attorney General Edwin Meese, III. Rick was an Adjunct Instructor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law from 2003 to 2017.


  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
  • B.A., Wesleyan University