Steve Simpson

Director of Legal Studies, Ayn Rand Institute

Steve Simpson is the director of Legal Studies at the Ayn Rand Institute. He writes, speaks and gives interviews for ARI on constitutional law, freedom of speech, campaign finance law and other legal topics.

A former senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, Mr. Simpson has litigated constitutional cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and state and federal courts throughout the nation on a wide variety of issues. He was co-counsel in Arizona Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, IJ’s successful Supreme Court challenge to Arizona’s public financing law. He was the lead litigator in v. FEC, the case that created Super PACs. He was on the legal team in IJ’s landmark eminent domain caseKelo v. City of New London and in IJ’s successful challenge to New York’s ban on the interstate shipping of wine in Swedenburg v. Kelly. He has litigated and been involved in many other constitutional cases.

Mr. Simpson has spoken and written widely on constitutional issues, including freedom of speech, campaign finance law, property rights and regulation. He has testified in Congress and briefed congressional staffers. He has been interviewed on hundreds of television and radio programs, including PBS NewsHour and Stossel. Steve’s writings have appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal,Washington PostLegal TimesChicago Tribune and Slate. In 2014, Mr. Simpson was a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Mr. Simpson earned his law degree from New York Law School in 1994.  He is a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

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