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Simon Purnell


Simon Purnell is a litigator with vast experience in complex criminal and civil litigation at state and federal levels. He began his legal career as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas and later served as Assistant District Attorney.

In 1999, he joined the firm Brin and Brin, PC in Corpus Christi, Texas as a litigation defense attorney focusing on pharmaceutical, asbestos, medical malpractice, general liability insurance and commercial litigation.  He achieved equity partnership level within five years, acting as first-chair for numerous multi-party trials and appeals at the state and federal levels.

From 2007 to 2010, Simon was a litigation partner at Corpus Christi-based plaintiffs’ firm Anthony, Peterson & Purnell, LLP, where he developed his expertise in the areas of product liability, general liability, pharmaceutical litigation and commercial disputes.

Simon founded The Purnell Law Firm in 2010, focusing on criminal defense law and complex criminal cases including white collar crimes, money laundering and fraud.  He represented individuals accused of crimes in state and federal courts.

Simon joined PHIPPS ANDERSON DEACON LLP as a partner in 2017 to focus on opioid litigation and help bring a stop to the financial and social expense the opioid crisis has inflicted on local governments at home and across the country.


  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • Insurance Litigation


  • Texas (1998)
  • New York (2009)
  • Illinois (2013)
  • Missouri (2015)
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Southern District of Illinois
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas


  • University of Houston, B.S., Political Science and Economics (1995)
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., (1998)

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