Richard A. Simpson is a partner with Wiley Rein, LLP, with offices in Washington, D.C., and McLean, Va. For over 20 years, Simpson has had a national insurance coverage and litigation practice, with an emphasis on claims against lawyers and other professionals (both defense and coverage) and appellate litigation, and also has represented individuals (including White House officials and a U.S. Senator) in connection with criminal and congressional investigations. Simpson has acted as lead appellate counsel in ten of the federal courts of appeals, and in state appellate courts in California, Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. In addition to private practice, 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 U.S. Department of Justice, deputy independent counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Curtis Emery von Kann (confidential investigation conducted under seal), associate independent counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel James C. McKay (investigation of Attorney General Edwin Meese) and law clerk to Judge John D. Butzner Jr. on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated first in his class from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1977 and magna cum laude from Wesleyan University in 1974.