Mr. Charles C. Simpson III
Phone : (251) 441-9237
J.D., University of Alabama, 1979
Order of the Coif; Dean M. Leigh Harrison Scholar
Student Works Editor, Alabama Law Review
A.B., Economics, Duke University, 1972
Over his career, Chuck Simpson has tried more than 75 civil jury trials to verdict, and has been lead counsel in many civil appeals before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and Alabama’s appellate courts, including precedent-setting cases involving professional liability, federal regulatory and statutory claims, real property law, and jurisdictional and forum selection issues. He is well known for his work in tort defense, title insurance, bad faith, insurance coverage and real property litigation.
Geographically, Chuck’s practice extends throughout Alabama and includes all federal district courts. His clients include major title insurance companies such as Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., Stewart Title Guaranty Company, and North American Title Insurance Co., as well as property and casualty insurers such as Auto-Owners.
Clients describe Chuck as “one of the most knowledgeable attorneys [we’ve] ever met who always knows what we need, when and how much.” Clients also comment that he is “extremely well organized,” delivers “exceptional service” and that they are “thrilled with the quality of his work.”
Represented a title company insured in a hotly contested sale for the division of commercial property to resolve title defects (sale concluded successfully over objections).
Represented a mortgage lender in wrongful foreclosure litigation (summary judgment for defendant; affirmed on appeal).
Represented realtors in fraud and breach of contract litigation (defense verdict/directed verdict/mediated settlements).
Represented a title company insured regarding the litigated inheritance of waterfront property from the client’s deceased parents (resolved in favor of client through advances in DNA testing).
Represented a petroleum company in well reclamation and production facility nuisance matters (resolved through trial and settlement favorably to client).
Represented commercial entities in litigated state condemnation matters.
Represented homeowners in a broad spectrum of personal injury cases.
Represented a health maintenance organization in subscriber breach of contract and state bad faith claims (summary judgment based on ERISA for defendant in United States District Court; affirmed by Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals).
Represented a resort managerial employee in sexual harassment litigation (tried with nominal plaintiff verdict).
Represented a liquor liability insurer and surplus lines broker in coverage and tort litigation arising out of a death claim (summary judgment for defendants; affirmed on appeal).
Represented a bank in consumer lender liability litigation concerning alleged improper repossession practices (tried with defense verdict; affirmed on appeal).
Represented insureds in motor vehicle accidents, including death cases.
Represented liability insurers on coverage issues.
Represented motor vehicle insurers in uninsured/underinsured litigation.
Conducted a judicial foreclosure of commercial properties for a major lender (concluded with complete recovery for bank).
Represented a utility company in power line contact litigation (settled by nominal contribution).
Represented a petroleum company in hydrogen sulfide death litigation (settled within initial authority).
Represented a bank in lender liability litigation alleging the misapplication of a letter of credit that supposedly caused a default in an industrial development bond (defense verdict for lender; seven-figure verdict for lender on counterclaim; judicial foreclosure of trust indenture in favor of lender).
Represented a financial services company in customer privacy litigation (settled during trial for pre-trial offer).
Honors and Awards
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, since 1999
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Insurance and Real Estate Law, 2009-2014
Order of the Coif Recipient
Hugo L. Black Scholar, University of Alabama School of Law
Dean M. Leigh Harrison Scholar, University of Alabama School of Law
Student Works Editor, Alabama Law Review
Professional and Community Involvement
President, Baldwin County Bar Association, 1988-1989
Member, Mobile Bar Association
Combat veteran, U.S Navy Vietnam
Commander, JAGC, United States Naval Reserve (Retired)
Seminars / Presentations
Speaker, Alabama Real Estate Title Law: Solutions to the Most Common Problems, 2004.
Speaker, “A Primer on Title Insurance Arbitration,” LandAmerica Agents Seminar, 2005.
Speaker, “The Importance of Title to the Real Estate Transaction,” Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient, 2006.
Speaker, “Real Estate Practice Ethics – Odds & Ends,” 2007 Alabama Agents Seminar, Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company, 2007.
Speaker, Current Regulatory Issues: Agent Market Conduct Examinations and RESPA, LandAmerica Agents Seminar, 2008.
Speaker, Current State and Federal Regulatory Matters, 2009 Agents Seminar, Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company.
Speaker, Alabama Update, 2010 Chicago / Commonwealth Agency Seminar.
Speaker, A Primer on Alabama Condominium Law 2011 Agents Seminar, Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company.
1979, Alabama State Bar
Alabama Supreme Court, 1988,
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Alabama
What Our Clients are Saying
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