Kelly Simpkins is a senior litigator with substantial experience in life, health, and disability insurance defense; bad faith litigation; commercial and business litigation; and products liability. He has represented insurers in bad faith actions, regulatory matters, FINRA, and sales practices/agent fraud claims both in Mississippi and numerous other states. His cases range from single claimant cases to the defense of complex mass tort actions. He has litigated and tried cases involving sales practices, bad faith claims, oil and gas contracts, commercial paper, property disputes, and securities matters, among many others. He has also represented municipalities in compliance and litigation matters, including eminent domain, zoning and defending claims of constitutional violations.
Kelly is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, The Arkansas Bar, The Mississippi Bar, Tennessee Bar Association, American Bar Association and International Claim Association. He is a former member of the Charles Clark Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Kelly has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in 2008 and 2012-present, and was selected a Mississippi “Top 50” Mid-South Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Kelly has also been named a Best Lawyer in America from 2013 to present in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law. Additionally, he is a contributing author to the ABA publication, Misrepresentation in the Life, Health and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey, Third Edition (Edited by Joseph M. Hamilton).
Professionals Comment on Working With Kelly:
“This lawyer has excellent ability and is a credit to the bar.” -Judge.
“I worked with Kelly Simpkins for several years in my former employment as an in-house attorney for an insurance carrier, and have continued to work with him for the past two years in my outside practice, where I manage certain complex litigation matters for that same carrier. I have always found Kelly to be responsive, thoughtful, and to employ the highest of ethical standards in his work. I respect him very much.” -Attorney
“I have worked with Kelly as part of insurance industry associations and with respect to presentations at industry conferences. In all of my dealings with Kelly, he has been extremely capable, hardworking, knowledgeable, and highly responsive.” -Attorney
“Mr. Simpkins is an excellent lawyer. He is very knowledgable, calm, patient, respected by others, and hard working.”Areas of Practice