Richard A. Simpson is a partner with Wiley Rein, LLP, in Washington, D.C. Simpson has a national practice, with an emphasis on claims against lawyers and other professionals 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 substantial jury and bench trial experience, and has acted as lead appellate counsel in ten of the federal courts of appeals, as well as in state appellate courts in California, Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Among other prominent representations, Simpson acted as lead counsel for Professor Alan Dershowitz in a highly publicized defamation case in state court in Florida, which ended in 2016 with the parties issuing a joint public statement in which the allegations against Professor Dershowitz were withdrawn. In addition to private practice, Simpson 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 and magna cum laude from Wesleyan University.