Meet the Carter Simpson Team

 
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Bob Carter - Partner

Bob was born in Wolfville and raised in Halifax and St. John’s, Newfoundland. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick Law School in 1998. Bob was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1999.

From 1999 to 2014 Bob was partner at a large Nova Scotia law firm practicing plaintiff personal injury and insurance litigation. He spent many years as head of that firm’s personal injury group.

Bob is a leader in his field. Recognized by his peers, he is consistently listed in Best Lawyers in Canada (2007 to 2019) in the area of personal injury.

He is a member of the Supreme Court of NS Liaison Committee and the Law Office Management Committee for the NS Barrister’s Society. Bob has argued successfully in all levels of Court in Nova Scotia including the Provincial Court, NS Supreme Court, and NS Court of Appeal as well as the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench and Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. 

Community Involvement

Bob serves on a variety of community boards. He was chair of the Fairview Family Resource Centre. He was appointed Past Chair Emeritus of the Canadian Mental Health Association-Halifax/Dartmouth Branch after serving as Chair and Co-Chair for more than 15 years. He is a Past-President of the Springvale Elementary School PTA and Past Chair of the Fairview Family Resource Centre. He has also volunteered for the Brain Injury Association of NS. 

Bob is a regular contributor to the NSBS Bar Admission Course, most recently acting as a Mock Chambers Judge for the past several years. He has regularly presented at Conferences for the Canadian Bar Association, both in person and via webinar, as well as at LIANS Annual Risk Management Conferences. He has presented on topics such as Civil Procedure Rule 55, Future Income Loss Claims, Structured Settlements, Summary Judgements and Mediations

He continues his community involvement as a Cub Scout leader and an assistant coach for his children’s minor baseball teams. He is also Head Coach of his son's minor basketball team. In 2011 Bob was named HRM Volunteer of the Year. 

Fascinated with history, Bob is a member of the Vimy Foundation and Western Front Association and spent time visiting the historic battlefields of the First World War, primarily Beaumont-Hamel, the burial ground for hundreds of soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment. He is also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and has been attending their Annual Convention since he was 17 years old.

Most recently, he was asked to join the Last Post Fund, which provides support for the funerals of Veterans and their families. A cause which has always been of personal importance to him.

He lives in Halifax with his wife Joanne and their children, Elizabeth and Daniel; and their cat and one guinea pig.

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Ansley Simpson - Partner

Born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Ansley has been working in the legal field for more than 15 years. She began working as a Legal Assistant and Paralegal while completing her Psychology degree (Honours) at Acadia University. Ansley received an academic scholarship to Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law and continued her work at the firm part-time. After graduating from Dalhousie in 2009, she was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2010.

From 2010-2017 Ansley gained experience and grew her practice on the personal injury team at one of Halifax's larger law firms. She has represented clients in claims which vary from car, motorcycle, truck, plane, boat, ATV and bicycle accidents as well as slip and falls, injuries by falling objects and projectiles, dog bites and product liability claims.

She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Atlantic Trial Lawyers Association. She has argued successfully in all levels of Court in Nova Scotia including the Provincial Court, NS Supreme Court, and NS Court of Appeal as well as the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench. In 2012 Ansley completed the Intensive Trial Advocacy Programme, Université de Moncton.

Community Involvement

Ansley is a current board member of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association (DLAA) and has held the position since 2015. In conjunction with the DLAA she mentors Dalhousie law students.

Ansley joined the board of the Metro Community Housing Association in 2008 while she was a second year law school student. She remained active on the board until 2013. In 2013 Ansley joined the Canadian Paraplegic Association (NS Branch) where she served until 2015.

From 2011 to 2014 Ansley hosted Pub Trivia nights in support of various charities including: Heart and Stroke Foundation, Bide Awhile, the Boys and Girls Club, Red Cross, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Besides the inherent reward of giving back to such worthy causes, Ansley met her husband in 2012 while he was playing in a Trivia Night which she was hosting in support of the Hockey Hero tournament for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

From 2014 through 2017 Ansley taught the Workshop component of the second year Civil Procedures course at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. 

In 2016 she presented to family physicians during a continuing medical education conference at Dalhousie University on authoring expert medical reports for the court. Ansley has also presented to physiotherapy students at Dalhousie University with respect their patients and the litigation process. She presented on no fault accident benefits at the 2018 Atlantic Trial Lawyers Association Conference.

Ansley lives in Dartmouth and spends her free time with her husband Richard and their beagle-mix Boo. They enjoy exploring the trails and beaches of our beautiful province. Ansley is a news junkie and loves to discuss current events.

Carrie Macdonald - Paralegal

Carrie has more than 15 years of paralegal experience in a plaintiff personal injury and disability practice.  Bob and Ansley have been lucky to have benefited from Carrie’s first-rate paralegal support for over the last 10+ years. Carrie is responsible for drafting court documents, overseeing court limitation periods as well as handling document disclosure and accounting responsibilities.  Carrie is conscientious with an eye for detail which is an asset to clients and the whole Carter Simpson Team. Her home is full of energy and love with two baby girls that keep Carrie on her toes.

AngELA mcguIre - paralegal

Angie graduated from NSCC Cumberland County in 1999.  With more than 20 years of paralegal experience she worked in many areas of law before finding her niche in personal injury. Angie case manages litigation claims by liaising with clients, preparing correspondences and court documents.  Angie excels at her ability to connect with clients while she she helps them navigate insurance claims. She doesn’t shy away from tackling complex issue and is cool under pressure. She spends her down time with family and friends.  In addition to her husband and daughter she adores her fur and scales family which includes dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, geckos and turtles.

Wendy Carter - Communications Director

Wendy is the first friendly face you will see when you come by Carter Simpson’s office. In 2003 she earned a Post-Graduate Degree in Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, in Dublin after she obtained her BA from Dalhousie University. Wendy has worked in and for political organizations and government in both the Public and Private sectors. In 2014 she began working with her brother, Bob Carter as he commenced his entrepreneurial endeavours. Wendy is proud to be a member of the Carter Simpson Team and says “there is nothing more satisfying than working for entrepreneurs that truly make a difference in their community”. Wendy lives in Halifax with her long-time partner, Dermot with their cat, Polly.

Myra janes - paralegal

Myra has more than 20 years of paralegal experience in a fast-paced civil litigation environment. She is involved in claims from the first meeting through the conclusion of the case. At Carter Simpson Myra conducts file review and analysis, preparing correspondence and court documents.  Her organization skills are enviable; she is an enormous asset to Carter Simpson as well as clients by keeping files moving smoothly. Outside of work Myra can be found with her husband camping or rooting for their two daughters in cheer and dance competitions.

Jane Mitsiopoulos - office manager

Jane is long time friend of Bob Carter. They met while attending the same junior high school and were teammates on an incredible ball hockey team. Jane attended Acadia University earning a BA in art and psychology. In 2014 she jumped at the chance to help Bob launch his own firm and is thrilled to continue on in her role as Office Manager for Carter Simpson. Jane is dedicated to the smooth operation of the Carter Simpson Team and the firm. Her creativity and sunny disposition are always welcome around the office. In her downtime Jane can be found spending time with her husband and two boys, playing on the soccer pitch, or in the woods (rain or shine) with the Army Cadets where she is honoured to hold the position of a CIC Officer.

Boo Boo Bear - Legal Beagle

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Ansley adopted Boo when she was a third year law student. Boo is a rescue so her exact age is unknown. She can occasionally be found around the Carter Simpson offices pondering legal issues and jurisprudence. Boo serves as Carter Simpson’s Chief Happiness Officer spreading joy to everyone she encounters. She spends her down time chasing sticks and chewing stuffed animals. If you do not like dogs, just let us know and we will make sure she is home when you come by.