Melody A. Simpson

Melody A. Simpson


Bowles Rice LLP

Recognized since 2010

Charleston, West Virginia

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Nonprofit / Charities Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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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.

Location

  • 600 Quarrier Street
    Charleston, WV 25301

Education

  • University of Vermont, graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, The West Virginia State Bar

Bowles Rice LLP
Headquarters: Charleston, West Virginia

44 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

14 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Charleston, WV (2021)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Charleston, WV (2016)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Charleston, WV (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Awards:

  • Named "2012 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year" for Charleston, West Virginia by Best Lawyers in America
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Non-Profit/Charities Law)

"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 (West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board), Charleston, WV

"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 (The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation), Charleston, WV

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

- Becky Ceperley (The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation), Charleston, WV

"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 (The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation), Charleston, WV

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