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Joseph S. Simpson

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Denise Large

Joe 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
  • Environmental indemnity

He has represented Fortune 500 clients concerning compliance in Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and other matters. Additionally, Joe has extensive experience in environmental indemnity litigation.

In recent years, Joe has served as counsel for a major petroleum company in litigation challenging the company's Clean Air Act permits for a multibillion dollar refinery expansion project. He also served as part of a team that successfully defended a major petroleum company in multimillion dollar litigation related to environmental representations and warranties pertaining to the sale of a chemical plant. 

Joe’s 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

  • Automotive
  • Petroleum
  • Rubber
  • Glass
  • Steel
  • Utility
  • Paper
  • Agribusiness
  • Household fixture
  • Franchising

Representative Matters

  • 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.
  • Managed the nationwide CERCLA/Superfund litigation and administrative matters for a major paper company.


  • 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