Robin D. Simpson 

Robin D. Simpson

Senior Shareholder

Robin Simpson is a shareholder and former President of the firm. He received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University in 1986. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1983, and his Associate of Arts degree from Inver Hills College in 1981.

Robin was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota and all lesser courts of the state in 1986 and was admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 1987. While in law school he clerked for the Academy for State and Local Government, providing legal assistance to state and local governments, including submitting amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on various Federalist issues. He joined the firm as a law clerk in 1985, became an associate in 1986, and has practiced as a shareholder of the firm from 1991 to the present. He has over 34 years' experience in litigation, focusing on workers' compensation defense, as well as advising, consulting for and representing self-insured employers on a variety of employment related issues.

Robin has also been a lecturer at CLE seminars, as well as private seminars for employers, insurers and industry groups.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1986
  • Inver Hills College, A.A., 1981
  • University of Minnesota at Duluth, B.A., 1983
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Neubruke, West Germany

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2020 - current)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2005)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, ALM (2016)
  • Rated Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell


Qualified Neutral under Rule 114, Minnesota General Rules of Practice

Speaking Engagements

  • "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me... A Panel Discussion of MN Work Comp in 2023," AFGMH 2023 WorkComp WorkShop, September 29, 2023
  • "IME's - When, Why, & How?" AFGMH Virtual Coffee Talk, June 8, 2023
  • "The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: A Panel Discussion of Minnesota Work Comp in 2022," AFGMH 2022 WorkComp WorkShop, September 30, 2022
  • "Pick Your Tough Claim Topic: Panel Discussions," AFGMH Virtual WorkComp WorkShop, October 15, 2021
  • “Successful Return to Work: Jump the Hurdles of Work Comp, ADA, and FMLA,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2018
  • “Work Comp Game Show,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 6, 2017
  • “QRC’s: Making Them Work for You,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 7, 2016
  • “Panel Discussion: When the Quick Question Becomes the Quirky File II,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 2, 2015
  • “Workers’ Compensation, ADA, and FMLA: Another Bermuda Triangle?” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 12, 2014
  • “Work Comp and the Interplay Between ADA, FMLA, and Employer Benefit Plans,” Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance, March 6, 2014
  • “Treatment Parameters: Beefing Up the Defense to Excessive Treatment,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 27, 2013
  • “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly – 2012 Case Law Update,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2012
  • “Resolving Medical Disputes,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Policy Summit, June 16, 2010
  • “Explosion of Medical Denials Litigation,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Institute, 2009


  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Twin Cities Claims Association

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