Well-known Lexington attorney T. Bruce Simpson Jr. has switched firms, leaving McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland after eight years for Stoll Keenon Ogden.
"I was really torn by the move because (McBrayer) is a first-class operation with great lawyers," said Simpson, whose first day at Stoll Keenon Ogden was Friday. "But the firm also represents county governments throughout the state, and I was running into situations where I had clients who had a need to take an appeal and even file suit in land-use cases against counties around the state.
"Because we were representing counties, I was unable to do so. It was getting to the point that my clients were getting frustrated."
Simpson said he initially planned to open his own firm, but one conversation led to another and now he has joined Bill Lear, managing director of Stoll Keenon Ogden, after years of being on opposite legal sides.
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"We've been friendly rivals for probably 25 years in the practice of law," Lear said. "It's great to now be on the same team. He's a lawyer for whom I've got a lot of respect because he's very good."