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Meet HCBA Member... Greg Simpson

Posted By Nick Hansen, Tuesday, January 05, 2016

     Greg Simpson describes himself as a “Swiss Army Knife” type of lawyer. One day he could be working on an insurance coverage case, while the next day, he could be working in construction law. Or he could be working with a franchisee owner. This partner at Meagher & Geer is happy to buck the trend of our increasingly specialized legal field.

     “I have a lot of different blades. I'm fortunate to be in a firm where I can use a lot of those different areas of experience,” he said.

     Simpson loves the assortment of cases he works on. "I think my favorite thing about it would have to be the variety of my practice; every day is completely different. I hardly ever see a case that's just like any other case. My cases are not cookie cutter,” he said.            

      He knows that his way of doing business is not the norm, "I have seen people specialize. I have not specialized. Maybe I'm not being wise. Maybe I'd do better if I specialized, but that's boring. I want to do different things. I like the change of pace.”

     On his website, Simpson lists eight different practice areas. One might think that broad of a practice would overstretch him, but it has not been the case. Simpson has been named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list three years in a row.

     Simpson became involved with the Hennepin County Bar Association after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989. The HCBA Executive Director encouraged him to join the district ethics committee, where he served for 12 years. After that, he began attending meetings of The Hennepin Lawyer. He served as committee chair for the previous two years.

      As the current co-chair of the Insurance & Tort Law Section, Simpson understands the benefit of being connected to other lawyers who practice in the same area. This is especially true in the rapidly-changing area of insurance law.

      If you are not connected with the small community of people that are litigating these issues, you wouldn't necessarily find out what other people are doing, what the judges are doing. It's hard to get that kind of information,” he said.

       One other benefit of practicing in a variety of areas is that Simpson understands the nuances of an issue that a specialist may miss.

     “For my clients, they find it useful to have a lawyer who sees the whole spectrum or much of the spectrum of law because if you come to a specialist and you have a problem that is slightly outside of the lines, that person just might not recognize what the problem is or how to solve it. I might not know the answer to a problem, but I at least recognize the issue and I know how to find the right person who can get us the answer,” he said.

     In a legal world where niche practices are becoming increasingly common, Simpson still sees value in having a broad swath of legal knowledge, “They call the law a seamless web. I’ve got a pretty good idea of how to diagnose the legal problem and strategize how to get the best result for the client.” 

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