As a specialist in the area of Family Law, and the founder and managing attorney of the Simpson Law Group, Thomas L. Simpson has a long history of legal accomplishments and leadership in the state, national, and international Family Law arena. Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist in its inaugural class of 1980, Tom has gone on to be elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the highest designation a family law practitioner can achieve, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is currently the only AAML Fellow in the Glendale-Burbank area.
In 2012, Tom was elected as a member of the prestigious Chancery Club of Los Angeles, and in 2016, he was appointed to the California State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) Commission for a 3-year term. Over the years, Tom has served as a speaker and panelist for the Family Law Trial Institute of the Los Angeles County Bar, and the AAML Trial Advocacy Institute. The sum total of these affiliations reflect the hard work he has done in elevating the practice of Family Law, as a whole.
In his day-to-day work as managing attorney of the Simpson Law Group, Tom provides strategic direction to his team of highly experienced attorneys to ensure that each client is handled with compassion, commitment, and competence. With a family law practice that spans almost four decades, Tom is known to be an experienced litigator and “problem-solver” who settles the vast majority of the firm’s cases. His experience in child custody matters, child and spousal support modification and enforcement, complex property issues, and mediated agreements rank him among Southern California’s best family law attorneys.
In addition to litigating and mediating hundreds of cases in Family Law courts through the years, Tom has qualified as an expert witness for plaintiff and defense work, having completed more than 10 Superior Court legal malpractice cases involving complex issues of Family Law. Presently, Tom volunteers as a Daily Settlement Officer and Mediator for the Family Law Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court, one of many pro bono affiliations he provides to the underserved in Greater Los Angeles.
Tom has developed a special expertise in prosecuting and defending issues of breach of fiduciary duty, an ever-expanding area of California Family Law. In 2006, he won his client the then-highest award in Los Angeles County history for a breach of fiduciary duty case, in the amount of over $3 million dollars.
Tom was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 1974 and additionally, before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Since then, he has served on the California State Bar Independent Inquiry and Review Panel for Certified Family Law Specialists; as a member of the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section; and as president of the Glendale Bar Association.
Tom has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating. He is a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” recognized as an outstanding attorney each year since Super Lawyers’ inception in 2005, and Pasadena Magazine has named him on their list of Top Attorneys (2010-2017).
Tom is a member of many different professional organizations including: Pasadena Bar Association; Glendale Bar Association; the California State Bar; California Trial Lawyers Association; Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association; the American Bar Association; the California Bar Association; and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
Prior to his admittance to the bar, Tom was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve where he attained the rank of Captain upon discharge. He is a Los Angeles native, having graduated from Loyola High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Santa Clara University, and holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Santa Clara University, School of Law.
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*Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization