Heather E Simpson

Heather E Simpson

Partner Basking Ridge, United States

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Second, Fourth and Eleventh Districts
  • US District Court, New Jersey
  • US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, JD (with honors), 2005
  • University of Richmond, BA (cum laude), 2002

Heather is a Partner in the Basking Ridge office and handles disputes throughout the United States. Her practice focuses on insurance coverage and commercial litigation matters. She has extensive experience in litigating and pursuing alternative dispute resolution of insurance coverage disputes involving professional liability, general liability, construction, environmental, products liability and employment claims. In recent years, Heather has handled numerous insurance claims arising from class action and mass tort litigation asserted against various sports leagues by former professional and collegiate athletes alleging long-term brain injury. Heather also has experience handling appeals in both state and federal courts.

Heather Simpson provides counsel on a range of insurance coverage matters, including professional and general liability claims and environmental disputes. One client observes: "She is excellent. She is creative, shows great attention to detail and is responsive and thorough." - Chambers US 2019

 

Market recognition

  • Ranked as an 'Up and Coming' lawyer by Chambers US (2019)
    Heather Simpson provides counsel on a range of insurance coverage matters, including professional and general liability claims and environmental disputes. One client observes: "She is excellent. She is creative, shows great attention to detail and is responsive and thorough."
    Chambers US 2019
  • Named a 2018 Rising Star from Law360

Work highlights

  • Represented insurers in connection with insurance claims and litigation arising from class action and mass tort lawsuits asserted by former athletes alleging long-term brain injury against various sports leagues, including the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  • Represented insurer in environmental declaratory judgment action and defeated arguments by policyholder seeking to undermine longstanding allocation principles in New Jersey pursued all the way to Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of insurer in connection with challenge to settlement of 41 catastrophic burn and death cases arising from explosion at sugar refinery and handling appeal.
  • Successfully defended insurer against claim for advertising injury coverage for underlying antitrust claims and prevailed on appeal.

Reported decisions

  • Premcor Refining Group, Inc. v. Matrix Service Industrial Contractors, Inc., 2013 WL 6113606 (Del. Super. Ct. Nov. 18, 2013)
  • National Football League v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, 157 Cal. Rptr. 3d 318 (Cal. Ct. App. 2013)
  • MF Nut Co., LLC v. Continental Casualty Co., 2013 WL 164425 (D. Haw. Jan. 15, 2013)

Presentations and publications

  • “The Insurer and Policyholder Relationship and Its Impact on Asbestos Litigation”, Perrin National Asbestos Litigation Conference, San Francisco, California (October 3, 2018)
  • “Spiked: Could the Viking Pump Decision by the New York Court of Appeals Signal a Broader Trend Nationwide on Long Tail Coverage Issues?” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar (March 4, 2017)
Market recognition
  • Chamber USA 2019 Heather E. Simpson

    Heather Simpson - Chambers USA 2019