Richard C. Simpson

Rich Simpson is Of Counsel and former managing partner of Bricker & Eckler. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Dean and Professor of Law at Capital University Law School.

Rich has a practice focused on municipal bonds emphasizing general obligation and utility revenue bonds and note financings for municipalities, school districts and other political subdivisions. He also provides general corporate representation emphasizing finance. He has served as lead bond counsel for hundreds of municipal bond financings throughout Ohio and has been a frequent lecturer on bond-related topics for organizations such as the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Ohio School Boards Association.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Ohio Historical Society (Trustee 2006-2015)
  • Upper Arlington Rotary Club (President 2005-2006)
  • Athletic Club of Columbus (President 1999-2000)
  • Supreme Court Commission on the Ohio Judicial Center (Chair 2014-2015)
  • Supreme Court Task Force on the Ohio Bar Examination (2017)
  • Upper Arlington Citizens Financial Review Task Force (Chair 2013-2014)
  • Upper Arlington Centennial Committee (Steering Committee Chair 2015-present)
  • Scioto Country Club (Trustee 2013-2017)
  • Former member, National Steering Committee, Bond Attorneys' Workshop

Presentations & Published Works

  • Author, "Focus On: Public Financing Bond Procedures of Municipalities," Gotherman's Ohio Municipal Services, September/October, 1989
  • Co-author, "Lease-Purchase Agreements - A New Way to Finance School Facilities in Ohio," Baldwin's Ohio School Law Journal, March/April, 1997
  • Author, "A New Ohio School District Cash Flow Financing Program," Business Chronicle, Volume 24, Issue 3 of Ohio Association of School Business Officials, 1994-95

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association (Board of Governors 2013-2015)
  • Columbus Bar Services, Inc. (Board Chair 2010-present)
  • Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court, 2010

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (corporate; public finance law), 2005-2010
  • Named, Super Lawyer, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2010
  • Recipient, 2017 Bar Service Medal, Columbus Bar Association


  • Michigan State University (B.A., Honors College, 1969)
  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1972)