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Nicholas A. Simpson


P 312-803-2526
F 312-787-4995


Nicholas A. Simpson is an Associate in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counsel. 

Mr. Simpson defends employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He has experience representing a wide range of clients, from major corporations, higher education institutions, national hotel chains, franchise restaurants, car dealerships, to small businesses, in employment litigation matters, including claims of race, age, national origin, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliatory discharge. Mr. Simpson also has experience representing higher education institutions in matters involving Section 1981, Section 1983, defamation, false light, and battery claims.

Mr. Simpson is a member of the Chicago Office’s Higher Education Group. The group focuses on solving workplace law and other civil rights challenges facing higher education institutions. It represents both public and private universities in a range of matters including tenure cases, Title IX claims, strategic investigations, student claims, constitutional and state statutory issues and traditional labor matters. It also reviews and revises higher education policies and procedures, and conducts internal investigations. 

While attending law school, Mr. Simpson participated in the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Mock Trial Team. In 2016, Mr. Simpson competed in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition where his team placed first overall in both the National and Regional competition. Mr. Simpson also worked as a legal extern for both the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and for the Honorable Amy St. Eve, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Simpson created Young Forever, a volunteer organization that partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Carbondale, Illinois, to provide mentoring and support to local youth.

Honors and Recognitions

  • National Employment Law Council (NELC) Academy Fellow (2019)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), Corporate Board Member


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December 1, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter

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Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2017.  This edition includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Chairman, Board of Directors liaison, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diversity-related achievements, activities,... Read More

January 1, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter

January 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the fourth quarter of 2016. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has... Read More