Academy Member Inducted 2008

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Hon. Ralph F. (Rusty) Simpson, Mediator, Tifton, Georgia.

Hon. Ralph F. (Rusty) Simpson

Simpson Mediation Services

1020 N. College Avenue
Tifton, GA 31794
Tel: (229) 388-8420
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Recognized to Georgia Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Early Neutral Evaluation


Rusty Simpson is a former Superior Court Judge of the Tifton Judicial Circuit and an experienced courtroom attorney who has handled all types of cases in both State and Federal Courts. During his 35 years experience as an attorney, he has represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants, including insurance companies, medical groups, and public entities. His practice principally included the geographic areas of middle and south Georgia but he also has experience in Superior Courts throughout the state. As a Superior Court Judge, he tried civil domestic and non-domestic matters, including child custody and divorce cases.

He served as an arbitrator in the ADR program in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia since the inception of the program and as a mediator in more than 250 cases during the last fifteen years while practicing law. As a mediator, Rusty has settled over 90% of all cases mediated. This wide range of experience has provided him the expertise and skills required of a successful mediator/arbitrator.

Case Experience

  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Insurance
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Oxford College, formerly Emory at Oxford (1963)
  • Emory University, BA, History (1966) - Phi Delta Theta Social Fraternity
  • Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D. (1969)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, 1970 - present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1970 - present
  • Member, Tifton Circuit Tifton Bar Association, 1974-present
  • Member, Federal Bar Association 1974 - 2005
  • President, Tifton Circuit Bar Association, 1978, 1990
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1974-2005
  • Author's Court, State Bar of Georgia, 1988, Clerk, 1989, Vice Chancellor, 1990, Chancellor, 1991
  • Member, Rules Committee, US District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1994-1998
  • Special Master, Disciplinary Proceedings, State Bar of Georgia, appointed by Georgia Supreme Court, 1991-1994
  • Member, Membership Services Committee, State Bar of Georgia, 1993
  • Chairperson, Membership Services Committee, State Bar of Georgia, 1994
  • Member, Solo/Small Firm Task Force, State Bar of Georgia, 1994
  • Member, Investigative Panel, State Bar of Georgia, 1994-1998, Vice Chairperson, 1997-1998
  • Member, Advisory Opinion Board, State Bar of Georgia, 1996-1998
  • Life Member, The National Registry of Who's Who, 2000 Edition
  • Member, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, 2001-2005
  • Member, Lawyer's Foundation, 2002
  • Member, State Board of Bar Examiners, 2003-Present
  • Member, Judicial Nominating Commission, 2003-2005
  • Superior Court Judge, Tifton Judicial Circuit, 2005-2006
  • Member, Legislative Committee, Council of Superior Court Judge, 2005-2006
  • Member, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee, State Bar of Georgia, 2004-2005

Member of Board of Bar Member, State Bar of Georgia, 2004-2009

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