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Michael S. Simpson

Senior Counsel

T: 512-479-8400     F: 512-479-8402     msimpson@feesmith.com

Senior Counsel, Mike Simpson

PRACTICE AREAS

 

Construction Defect

Litigation

 

Construction Death and Serious Injury Cases

 

Transportation

 

Product Liability / Toxic Torts

 

Professional Liability

 

Healthcare Liability

 

Insurance Defense and Insurance Coverage

 

Commercial Litigation

 

Governmental Entities/Civil

Rights/Administrative Law

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Texas Tech University, J.D.,

Lubbock, Texas

 

Cum laude; Top 5%

 

Comments Editor, Texas Tech

Law Review

 

Order of the Coif

 

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

 

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society

 

Austin College,

Sherman, Texas

 

B.A., English and Education

 

M.A., Education

 

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

Texas

 

PROFESSIONAL

AFFILIATIONS

 

State Bar of Texas

 

Admitted to all federal courts in Texas

 

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

 

Defense Research Institute

 

CLM Alliance

 

Construction Sections, State Bar of Texas and Austin Bar Association

 

Construction Lawyer Network

 

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

 

Admitted to all federal courts

in Texas

 

Accomplished AV-rated attorney with extensive first chair experience in cases involving construction defects, insurance defense, insurance coverage, product liability, toxic torts, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, professional liability, governmental entities, commercial disputes, and administrative law. Former partner in prominent Texas law firms.

 

 

Representative Matters

Tuloso-Midway I.S.D. v. Ewing Construction Co., Cause No. 10-603421 in the County Court at Law No. 1, Nueces County, Texas [Represented school district in design and construction defect case; Obtained seven figure settlement for school district in excess of defendant’s policy limits]

 

Zapata County I.S.D. v. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., et al; Cause No. 8,030 in the 49th District Court of Zapata County, Texas (2014); [$15 million construction defect lawsuit involving multiple school buildings in Zapata County, Texas; Obtained summary judgment for defendant window/door manufacturer].

 

Edcouch-Elsa I.S.D. v. Aleco Construction Company, et al., Cause No. C-633-05-I-2 in the 430th District Court, Hidalgo County, Texas. (2009) [$47 million construction defect lawsuit involving multiple school buildings in Rio Grande Valley of Texas; Obtained summary judgment for defendant window/door manufacturer].

 

Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Gaskamp, Case No. H-00-CV-4215 (S.D. Tex. 2001), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 280 F.3d 1069 (5th Cir. 2002), dismissed on remand, Sharon Moore Bridges, et al. v. Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 2000-247 in the Circuit Court of Holmes County Mississippi (2006). [Toxic tort case; ultimately obtained dismissal for defendants in state Circuit Court of Mississippi after partial dismissal and remand by Fifth Circuit, which reversed in part and affirmed in part a Houston federal district court’s order compelling arbitration and dismissing plaintiffs’ claims].

 

Villas on Travis Condominium Owners' Ass'n, Inc. v. Villas by Renaissance, Ltd., et al., Cause No. GN-102070, 53rd Dist. Ct. Travis County, Tex. (June 2004) [$38 Million construction defect and toxic mold case involving luxury condominiums on Lake Travis; obtained dismissal for plumbing subcontractor].

 

El Paso Natural Gas Co. v. Valero Interstate Transmission Co., et al., No. EP-87-CA-302, 1987 Lexis 14147 (W.D. Tex. 1987) and companion case Clanton v. Valero Interstate Trans. Co., No. C-2302-86-D (Dist. Ct. Hidalgo County, Tex.), reported in Foster Nat. Gas Rpt. No. 1660 at 3 (Feb. 1988) [Co-Counsel; $1 Billion Take-or-Pay case involving several Texas gas producers, Valero entities and El Paso Natural Gas Company.  Clients were sued for $1 Billion by producers; obtained dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims and recovered apprx. $15 Million on counter-claims and cross-claims).

 

Clark, et al. v. Texas Dept. of Labor & Standards and Texas Mfg’d. Housing Ass’n., No. 14531 (Tex. App.-Austin 1985)(not reported). [Obtained and upheld on appeal summary judgment for two state agencies and several manufactured housing defendants in lawsuit challenging the state and federal formaldehyde standards and warnings in the Texas Manufactured Housing Standards Act and the U.S. HUD Code].

 

 

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations

L. FOWLER, M. SIMPSON & R. CABLER, HOW IT WORKS…SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY IN TEXAS (4th ed. 2014).

 

Civil Procedure, Annual Fifth Circuit Symposium, 11 TEX. TECH L. REV. 312 (1980) (co-author with Lenore M. Templeton).

 

Constitutional Law - Fifth Amendment - A private cause of action is implied directly under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, 11 TEX. TECH L. REV. 917 (1980).

 

Three Lien Claim Mistakes Many Subcontractors and Suppliers Make That You Can Easily Avoid, THE FOWLER LAW FIRM NEWSLETTER (July 2012) (Paper and presentation for Texas construction trade associations) [Co-author/presenter].

 

Texas Public School and College Building Problems and Defects-It’s Not Too Late to Recover, THE FOWLER LAW FIRM NEWSLETTER (May 2012) (Paper and presentation for Texas school districts and colleges) [Co-author/presenter].

 

What Happened to the Construction Delivery Method Laws I Knew and Loved So Well? THE FOWLER LAW FIRM NEWSLETTER (April 2012) (Paper and presentation for Texas school districts and construction trade associations) [Co-author/presenter].

 

Shrinking Soil, Cracking Foundations: What Can a Homeowner Do?  (September 2011 (Paper and presentation for Central Texas real estate agents and homeowners) [Co-author/presenter].

 

Finding and Selecting Experts (2003), State Bar of Texas Second Annual Advanced Mold Litigation Conference [Author and speaker].

 

Texas Homeowners Amendatory Endorsement No. HO-161A (Mandatory Endorsement to Policy Form HO-A) and Endorsement No. HO-162A (Mandatory Endorsement for Policy Form HO-B) (Effective 1/1/2002).  [Co-counsel and primary contributing author of Amendatory Endorsements that amended coverage and exclusions for mold, fungi, water damage, ensuing loss and other risks.]

 

Texas Property Claims, First Party Mold Claim Handling Training Program (2002) [Co-counsel, provided coverage opinions and evaluated and revised insurers’ training materials].

 

Expert Admissibility (2001), Mealey’s National Mold Litigation Conference [Speaker, co-author].

 

Preparing Witnesses.  Paper and presentation for in-house training and CLE at law firms and clients’ legal departments.

 

Taking and Defending Depositions.  Paper and presentation for in-house training and CLE at law firms and clients’ legal departments.

 

Discovery Under the New Rules (1999).  Paper and presentation for in-house training and CLE at law firms.

 

“Is Your Insurance Policy Greek to You?  Understanding Basic Terms of Commercial Insurance Policies” (1996), Presentation to business clients and insurance representatives.

 

 

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