Karen I. Simpson

Karen I. Simpson

- Associate -


Email: ksimpson@lerners.ca
Phone: 519-640-6326
Fax: 519-932-3326
85 Dufferin Avenue. P.O. Box 2335, London, On N6A 4G4

Professional History

  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2017 to present)
  • Articling Student, Lerners LLP (2016-2017)
  • Summer Student, Lerners LLP (2015)
  • First-class Firefighter, Municipality of Chatham-Kent (2005-2015)
  • Fire service Coach and Consultant, ON (2010-2016)
  • Vice-President, Board Member Fire Service Women Ontario, Ottawa (2009-2015)
  • Canadian Trustee, International Association of Women in Fire (iWomen), Fairfax VA (2009-2014)


  • The Coaches Institute, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (2009-2010)
  • Certified Joint-Occupational health and Safety Committee member (2006-2008)
  • Navarro College Fire Academy, National Fire Protection Association (2003


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Fire Service Women Ontario


  • “After several weeks of digesting and processing for all of us, we are finally accepting that a nearly three-year process is over. There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to Karen, Nigel and Jessica. Karen’s thoroughness and professionalism in guiding us through the convoluted criminal justice system, the civil lawsuit process, and dealing with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board were invaluable. Karen’s assistance in helping us obtain the highest level of psychological support for our daughter was excellent. We would truly have been lost in the ‘system’ without her expert advice and guidance. We appreciated your frequent updates and encouragement throughout the most difficult period we have ever experienced in our lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!” – The Austin Family
  • “In June 2016, I was in a life-changing accident. A few days after the accident, my family and I decided to consult with a legal team to decide if we should take legal action.  We made the easy decision of calling Lerners LLP. I consulted with Nigel Gilby and Karen Simpson. They were extremely helpful, educating us about the process without using legal jargon. One of the things my family and I were told was that it could be several years before a settlement might arise. There were times throughout my case that it seemed as though that day would never come. However, this was not actually the case because I was constantly kept in the loop with every detail along the way. Karen was phenomenal because she did not put pressure on us whatsoever and made the required decision-making process extremely easy. Karen laid out all of the scenarios that applied to my case, as well as all of the possibilities that I needed to consider with each scenario. She really helped me think about what may have been best for me before I made any decisions.  From the first meeting with her, it was very obvious that she made sure her clients came first before anything else, and she would do whatever she needed to do in order to make them feel that way which I certainly did from the start. Karen was super informative about every call and email she had with the other side. She didn’t leave me with a feeling that I was left out of the process.  She was very easy to approach, too, and I could ask questions without feeling embarrassed. On Karen and Nigel’s team is Tanner, who is a clerk who positively influenced my experience, too. He was on top of every email, phone call, or photograph that I needed to deal with. Tanner always explained why he was reaching out, what Karen needed for my case and also gave my family and me much clarity along the way. I really can’t thank them enough for all they have done for my family and me over the years.  They were all extremely welcoming, and Karen always invited my parents to join calls and meetings, which was awesome because it showed that she was doing her job for the right reason! I would highly recommend Karen for any legal needs that fall within the scope of her expertise. As I said, Karen and the rest of her team, including Tanner, made the process very easy.  There isn’t one negative experience I had working with them. They exceeded my expectations way beyond what I could ever imagine. Thank you guys for all of your hard work and dedication towards my case!” – Noah M.
  • “Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without Karen and her team the last few years! Firstly, I want to thank Karen for being very caring, easy to talk to and understanding of my family’s needs. Specifically, her background as a firefighter and understanding of the trauma First Responders endure was beneficial to my case. Karen really listened during our initial meeting and fully understood what I was experiencing. Not once did she ever make me feel as though my injuries from the motor vehicle accident were trivial. Without Karen’s guidance navigating the legal and insurance frameworks, I would have been left to my own devices and been at a serious disadvantage against the insurance companies especially when it came to settlement. Karen and her team, and specifically Lisa Bradshaw and Brittany Weston, worked behind the scenes consistently to ensure my needs were being met. Whenever I emailed or called Karen, I knew that Lisa and Brittany would also be made aware as to why I reached out. Not once did I have to repeat myself and I was also constantly updated on the status of my case. Thank you for making my experience feel like we had a personal connection that was beyond just lawyer and client.” Brenda F.
  • “We found Bill, Karen and Kristen to be very knowledgeable and helpful in seeking an insurance settlement following a vicious dog attack. Another law firm wasn’t willing to help unless we could determine if the dog owner had insurance, but Lerners offered their expertise to sort all that out from their end. From that point on, they took care of all the necessary steps to obtain an appropriate settlement. We are grateful for their expertise and highly recommend their firm.” – C. W., Chatham, Ontario


  • Completed the Rotman School of Management Executive Program for Inclusion by Design (2023)
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (2017)
  • L1 Licence, Law Society of Upper Canada (2017)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (2016)
  • Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University (2001)
  • Bachelor of Science, Eastern Michigan University (1999)


  • “Behind the Fire Wall: The truth about fire service culture” (Co-keynote speaker, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Conference, September 14-16, 2014)
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