Melody Simpson serves as Special Counsel in the Charleston office of Bowles Rice and is a member of the Benefits Group. Ms. Simpson practices in the areas of employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA and tax-exempt organizations, with particular emphasis on qualified retirement plans (including governmental plans) and executive compensation, including 409A non-qualified deferred compensation issues.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, she practiced law at a Charleston law firm from 1983 – 1992, serving two of those years as Partner. A Vermont native, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting. She passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978, and subsequently worked two years for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston, Massachusetts before attending law school.
Ms. Simpson was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2012 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyers of the Year for the southern West Virginia region. Best Lawyers has also recognized her in the area of non-profit/charities law.
She is active in community organizations, and is a volunteer reader and former board member for Read Aloud West Virginia. She currently is serving a three-year term on the board of directors of the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia, a Presbyterian campus ministry foundation.