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In Memory of our Partner, Friend and Colleague Henry E. Simpson

7/8/2013

 

Adams and Reese is saddened to announce that our Partner, Henry Evans Simpson, passed away earlier today, July 8, 2013. Henry was an accomplished banking and finance litigator practicing in the firm’s Birmingham office and a leader of our Banking and Finance Team.

Henry practiced law for more than 50 years, since 1960 when he joined his father’s (James Alexander Simpson) firm, Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville LLP. Henry, along with his late brother, James Evans Simpson, were instrumental in Lange Simpson’s merger with Adams and Reese in 2003.
 
Henry was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, having represented clients in more than 200 jury trials in litigation of all kinds. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Regions Financial Corporation from 1969 to 2003. Henry was ranked among Best Lawyers (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) in Banking, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and was also listed in Alabama Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters) in Banking Law. He was an active member of the Alabama State Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Law Institute Business Entities Committee, and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.

Henry had a great interest in history and served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Civil War Preservation Trust of Washington, DC, formerly the Association of Preservation of Civil War Sites. The Civil War Trust is the largest battlefield preservation organization in the United States, and Henry helped preserve our endangered Civil War sites and promoted appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and tourism.

He was also a member of Independent Presbyterian Church, The Redstone Club, Birmingham Country Club and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Nesbitt Simpson, and two brothers James Evans Simpson and Joseph E. Simpson. He is survived by his children, Charles Hatcher Simpson (Kate), Elizabeth Simpson Poynor (Wilmer), John Rembert Simpson, and eight grandchildren.

The Simpson family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL 35205, The Civil War Preservation Trust, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C., 20005, or Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203.

Our condolences and prayers go out to the Simpson family. We join them in mourning the loss of our Partner and Friend. 

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