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Nicholas Simopoulos, Esq., Attorney at Law

Nicholas (“Nick”) Simopoulos is a highly experienced federal and state attorney and litigator focusing his practice on civil rights, education law, employment law, and personal injury matters.  Prior to starting Simopoulos Law, Nick served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and as the Manager of the Office’s General Civil Trial Unit.  There, he handled many of Virginia’s complex and high-profile civil cases, passionately defended and represented the interests of Virginia and its institutions and citizens, and supervised more than two dozen of the Office’s top-notch litigation attorneys.  Prior to his service for Virginia, Nick handled a broad range of civil rights cases and matters for various local governments, including the City of Richmond.  Nick has been repeatedly recognized by his peers as one of Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the area of civil litigation.  He has also repeatedly received the Avvo Client Choice Award and was even selected by for inclusion in the Best Employment Lawyers in Richmond, Virginia.

In addition to his law practice, Nick enjoys teaching the future lawyers of Virginia.  Since 2013, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at William & Mary School of Law, where he teaches Advanced Civil Pretrial Practice and Legal Writing.  He previously served as Super Adjunct, assisting with the curriculum design and program oversight.

Nick obtained his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Virginia, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law.  While in law school and given his passion for writing, Nick created and served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Scrivener, which was one of only three law school literary magazines in the country.  Following law school, he completed two appellate clerkships, the first for the Honorable J. Frederick Sharer in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the second for the Honorable Jean Harrison Clements in the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Nick brings his diverse background and experience, commitment to excellence, and desire to help to every legal matter he encounters.  And over the years, Nick has successfully done so and, in the process, advised and represented hundreds of employees, students, and individuals in Virginia through their most difficult and sensitive civil rights, education law, and employment law matters.  He will do no less for you.  Nick understands that employers, colleges, universities, and schools wield significant power over their employees and students and his mission is to hold them accountable when they fail to do so fairly and lawfully.  Do not go it alone or suffer an injury in silence.  At Simopoulos Law, we make your legal rights in education and employment our mission.


George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2004
University of Virginia, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1999


Commonwealth of Virginia
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Current
Bar Association of the City of Richmond – Communications Committee, 2012-2017

Examples of Federal and State Cases

Edmonds v. Walmart, Inc., et al., 2023 WL 2433966 (E.D. Va. Mar. 9, 2023) (Personal Injury)

Doe v. Shenandoah University, 2022 WL 2525729 (W.D. Va. Jul. 7, 2022) (ADA and defamation)

Roncales v. County of Henrico, et al., 451 F. Supp. 3d 480 (E.D. Va. 2020) (First Amendment and Due Process)

Doe v. Old Dominion University, 289 F. Supp. 3d 744 (E.D. Va. 2018) (Title IX)

Patterson v. Lawhorn, 685 F. App’x 258 (4th Cir. 2017) (Fourth Amendment)

Adams v. Naphcare, Inc., 240 F. Supp. 3d 438 (E.D. Va. 2017) (Negligence)

Johnson v. ABC, et al., 2016 WL 7240204 (W.D. Va. Dec. 13, 2016) (Fourth Amendment)

Butters v. James Madison University, 208 F. Supp. 3d 745 (W.D. Va. 2016) (Title IX)

Deegan v. Moore, et al., No. 7:16-cv-260 (W.D. Va. 2016) (First Amendment)

Edmonson v. Commonwealth, et al., CL-15000380, (Chesterfield, Virginia 2016) (Wrongful Death Hazing)

Cline v. Commonwealth, No. 151037 (Va. S. Ct.) (Premises Liability)

Daly v. Commonwealth, et al., No. 3:14-cv-250 (E.D. Va. 2014) (Assault and Battery)

Henley v. Woodford, et al., CL-10000123 (2012) (Drowning)

ASWAN v. Virginia, et al., 655 F.3d 342 (4th Cir. 2011) (Fair Housing Act)

Rhodenizer v. City of Richmond Police Dep’t, 2010 WL 723793 (2010) (Title VII)

Childress v. City of Richmond, 2009 WL 1410281 (2009) (First Amendment)

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Troubling Lessons Learned from Recent Title IX Litigation,” OAG Annual Education Section Conference, University of Virginia, August 2018

Speaker, “What’s in a Title? Some Helpful OAG Considerations in Title VII and Title IX Litigation,” Norfolk State University, October 2015

Speaker, “Sovereign Immunity and the Virginia Tort Claims Act,” Tidewater Community College, August 2015

Lecturer, Civil Liability and Qualified Immunity, Crisis Intervention Training, Hampton Roads Regional Law Enforcement Academy, June 2014-March 2015

“The Virginia Good Samaritan Statute, Code § 8.01-225: Some Good Deeds Should Go Unpunished,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA), Fall 2014

“The Virginia Business Conspiracy Act: is a Criminal Conviction a Prerequisite to a Civil Action for Treble Damages?” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA), Spring 2010

Guest Speaker, “A Day in the Life: Litigators,” George Mason University School of Law, October 2009

Moderator, “From Vine to Bar, Cultivating Newcomers to Local Government Practice: A Sweeping Overview of Local Government Issues and Practice,” Local Government Attorneys (LGA) Spring 2009 Conference

“The Inadmissibility of Private Rules in a Negligence Action,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA), Winter 2009

“A Successor Corporation’s Liability for Punitive Damages,” The Whisper, DRI, June 2008

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