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Joseph S. Simpson

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Denise Large

Joseph S. Simpson has extensive experience in environmental law, including litigation and regulatory counseling regarding environmental matters relating to air, water, solid and hazardous waste, pesticides, underground storage tanks and environmental indemnity.  Joe has represented Fortune 500 clients concerning compliance in CERCLA/Superfund, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, FIFRA, TSCA and other matters.  In recent years, he has served as counsel for a major petroleum company in litigation challenging the company's Clean Air Act permits for a multi-billion dollar refinery expansion project.  Joe also served as part of a team that successfully defended a major petroleum company in multi-million dollar litigation related to environmental representations and warranties pertaining to the sale of a chemical plant.  He is experienced in class action litigation, having defended a major oil refining company in a putative air pollution class action, defeating a motion for class certification and obtaining partial summary judgment and dismissal of claims.  In the past, Joe has managed the nationwide CERCLA/Superfund litigation and administrative matters for a major paper company.  Joe also has extensive experience in environmental indemnity litigation. His practice experience extends to other civil litigation, including product liability, toxic tort, personal injury, civil rights, franchising and commercial litigation.  He has represented clients in the automotive, petroleum, rubber, glass, steel, utility, paper, agribusiness, household fixture, and franchising industries.


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers "Toledo Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year," 2018

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Ohio AgriBusiness Association
  • Michigan Agri-Business Association 
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Alternate biographies





  • J.D., cum laude, The University of Toledo, 1988
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Atlantic Christian College, 1985

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1988
  • United States District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1988
  • United States District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 2006