Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Simpson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Christina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m originally from Boston. I grew up in the Mission Hill section of Roxbury. I’ve always known that I wanted to enter the legal field, but it was not until my senior year of college when I interned for a trademark and copyright firm in Newton, MA that I was sure that I wanted to be an attorney. It was there that I was able to get firsthand experience in legal matters, and it was there that I fell in love.
I attended Boston College for undergraduate and graduated in 2012 with degrees both in English and African Studies. From there, I decided to take a leap of faith and move to New York City, where I attended Brooklyn Law School. As a law student I was a member of Brooklyn Law School’s International Law Journal, as well as the Christian Legal Society and the Black Law Students Association. During law school, I had several internships at various well known intellectual property and entertainment firms.
Upon graduating law school in 2015, I clerked for a securities firm that represented clients in regulatory and customer matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and various New York state and federal courts, in addition to counseling firms in connection with the development of compliance manuals, anti-money laundering procedures and compliance and regulatory obligations. I was admitted to the New York State Bar in the Second District in February of 2016. I was subsequently admitted to the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York. Eventually, I was hired as a full-time associate at my firm.
I was there for almost a year as an associate, before I decided to make a drastic change in my life. I decided to leave my job as an Associate at my firm in NY and move back to Boston. I had two main reasons: (1) I missed home and my family; and (2) I really wanted to focus on their areas of law that most interested me: Intellectual Property and Business Law. This essentially required me to start from scratch, as I had to take the MA bar examination, which I did in February 2017 and passed. I was admitted to the MA bar in June of 2017.
When I came back home, I was not sure what I wanted to do. My choices were to either get a job at a firm or go solo. I knew the challenges and risks of going solo, but ever since I decided that I wanted to be an attorney, I dreamed of owning my own firm. After speaking to my family and receiving an overwhelming amount of support from them, I decided to start my own practice: The Law Office of Christina Simpson, Esq.
Has it been a smooth road?
On this journey, there’s been several bumps in the road. Growing up, it was not always easy, especially growing up in the neighborhood that I did, with a single mom of four children. But things like that have only made me work harder and more determined to make my family proud.
Starting my law firm has not been smooth either. Whether it has been people telling me that I should not do it, that I was too young, too inexperienced, or whether it was just trying make a tight budget work. Despite all these challenges and obstacles, I have remained determined and faithful. I have not let anything deter me and I truly believe that I am blessed to have made it to where I am today and to have been given the opportunities that I have been given.
So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the The Law Office of Christina Simpson, Esq. story. Tell us more about the business.
My firm focuses on procuring, maintaining, and protecting clients’ intellectual property, mainly trademarks. I dedicate myself to the protection of my client’s intellectual property rights and work endlessly to draft and negotiate intellectual property transfers, licenses, and development agreements for my clients. Additionally, my firm specializes in business law. This includes start-up companies looking to form their business as an LLC, corporation, partnership, etc. and to also brand themselves. Part of the business law component, includes contractual law. Many clients need help with drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts.
I think that I’m most proud of the fact that I did not let negative comments and insecurities deter me from starting my firm at such a young age. I’ve always known that I wanted to have my own firm, so I’m glad that I decided to embark on this adventure.
What sets me apart from others is that I bring a unique perspective to the legal area. I come from a very humble background that has exposed me to various aspects of life. Not only that, but I have experience as an attorney both in New York City and in Boston. That is not something that many can say. Finally, I believe that my ability to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions for my clients sets me apart from others, especially in today’s technology and creativity driven society.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think it is too difficult to try to foreshadow where the legal industry is going in the next 5-10 years.
- Website: www.christinasimpsonlaw.com
- Phone: 617-690-3657
- Instagram: ChrisSimpsonEsq
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinasimpsonlaw/