Melody A. Simpson - Bowles Rice LLP

Melody A. Simpson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 304-347-1755

Melody Simpson serves as Special Counsel in the Charleston office of Bowles Rice and is a member of the Benefits Group.  Ms. Simpson practices in the areas of employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA and tax-exempt organizations, with particular emphasis on qualified retirement plans (including governmental plans) and executive compensation, including 409A non-qualified deferred compensation issues.

A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, she practiced law at a Charleston law firm from 1983 – 1992, serving two of those years as Partner.  A Vermont native, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting.  She passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978, and subsequently worked two years for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston, Massachusetts before attending law school.

Ms. Simpson was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2012 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyers of the Year for the southern West Virginia region. Best Lawyers has also recognized her in the area of non-profit/charities law. 

She is active in community organizations, and is a volunteer reader and former board member for Read Aloud West Virginia.  She currently is serving a three-year term on the board of directors of the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia, a Presbyterian campus ministry foundation.

University of VermontBSBA 1978Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 1983

Client Comments

"Melody Simpson is extremely responsive to requests for her advice and counsel. She makes sure that she has completely researched the problem or concern and provides us with legal alternatives to deal with them."

-Becky Ceperley
President and CEO
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

"I have had the honor of working closely with Melody Simpson over the past 10+ years on very complicated public pension and tax matters. Ms. Simpson is very diligent and thorough in her research and legal recommendations. I routinely throw various curveball situations her way, and her response always hits it out of the park. "

-Terasa Miller
Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Director
West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board

"She has been our lawyer for over five years. She has a wonderful understanding of our legal situation. She is very timely in her responses to us. She is one of only two lawyers in the state with significant experience in nonprofit law. She is extremely ethical. She and Lesley Russo are the only lawyers I would recommend a nonprofit use."

-Becky Ceperley
President and CEO
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

"Melody Simpson is extremely knowledgeable with a high level of experience. She has an excellent standing in the community and legal profession."

-Becky Ceperley
President and CEO
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Office Location

600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the Charleston-WV Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the Charleston-WV Metro Area
Melody A. Simpson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Melody A. Simpson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law