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Dana E. Simpson

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Claire Dodd
Phone: 919.821.6693


Dana Simpson co-chairs the Government Relations practice at Smith Anderson and regularly represents clients before the North Carolina General Assembly and with State agencies. 

Dana advises clients regarding legislative and regulatory advocacy, public relations, issues management, economic development initiatives, ethics, and campaign finance law compliance. Dana has been consistently rated one of the most influential lobbyists in North Carolina by both the nonpartisan N.C. Center for Public Policy Research and The North State Journal.

Prior to law school, Dana served as Special Assistant for Communications and Policy to the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Dana also has experience representing clients on rulemaking and administrative law matters. He served as a member of the North Carolina Rules Review Commission from 2003-2006.

  • University of North Carolina General Alumni Association (Chair; Board of Directors)
  • University of North Carolina School of Government Foundation (President; Board of Directors)
  • Neighbor Health Clinic (Board of Directors)
  • St. David's School (Board of Advisors)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • University of North Carolina School of Law Alumni Association (Board of Directors; 2016-2018)
  • Alliance Medical Ministry (Chair and Board of Directors; 2007-2016)
  • "North Carolina’s Top Lobbyists," North State Journal (2020)
  • Best Lawyers®, Government Relations Practice (2009-2022), Administrative/Regulatory Law (2022)
  • Named Number One "Most Influential" Lobbyist in North Carolina, N.C. Center for Public Policy Research
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, Government Relations (2010-2013)
  • North Carolina Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Recipient of the Triangle Business Journal's 2012 "40 Under 40" Leadership Award
  • Recipient of the Governor's School Foundation's 2017 Jim Hart Award 

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University of North Carolina, J.D., with high honors, 2000

University of North Carolina, B.A., with highest distinction, 1996

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