Bernie Simpson is considered to be one of the leading personal injury lawyers in British Columbia. After graduating from the University of British Columbia law school, Bernie Simpson founded Simpson & Company, one of the first Vancouver law firms to restrict practice to automobile accidents. In 2001, Bernie formed a partnership with a well-known personal injury lawyer, Anthony Thomas, and the firm became Simpson, Thomas & Associates. In 2014 Dairn Shane and Stephen Yung also became Partners in the firm.
After establishing his reputation as an ICBC personal injury lawyer and settling thousands of ICBC claims; with the emphasis on catastrophic cases including brain injury cases and quadriplegia and paraplegia, in 1991, he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature for the Constituency of Vancouver-Fraserview. During his term as a Provincial Member of the Legislature he set out to ensure that Bike Helmet Legislation, which would be the most progressive in Canada, was enacted into law. The determination of enacting that Legislation was influenced by a case that he worked on before being elected where a young girl suffered a serious brain injury while riding her bicycle in Surrey without wearing a bike helmet. In order to ensure that the victims of car accidents have the best possible rehabilitation, Bernie has traveled to many parts of the world to setup rehabilitation programs.
Bernie pioneered the use of Structured Settlements in British Columbia which guarantees, for those catastrophically injured, monthly tax free payments for the rest of their lives.
Bernie has actively participated in the betterment of the Vancouver community, having served as Chairman of the Canadian Cancer Society for the Vancouver campaign and having Chaired the Mayor’s Campaign for Famine Relief led by former Vancouver mayor and premier, Mike Harcourt.
For nearly 8 years, Bernie had a weekly radio program in the Indo-Canadian community.
In recognition for his efforts in enacting the Bike Helmet Legislation, Bernie he was awarded the prestigious Eloisa deLorenzo International Award by the International Brain Injury Association in Washington, DC.
In 1990, Bernie was awarded the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest award for volunteerism for his work with various charitable causes and for his activities in the multi-cultural community, particularly the Indo-Canadian and Chinese communities. He also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal, and Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.
Bernie is a founding member of the Trial Lawyers Association in British Columbia and was honored by Trial Lawyers for his lifelong contribution to the legal profession.
Bernie is married and has three children.