Alex Simpson received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received both his J.D. and his LL.M. in Federal Criminal Law from California Western School of Law.
He currently oversees all active cases currently in litigation on behalf of the Project. Simpson was named as a "Top Attorney" in 2009 by the San Diego Daily Transcript and received the "Post-conviction Lawyer of the Year" (Joint Award) from the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego in 2006. He has co-authored two law review articles "Find the Cost of Freedom: The Struggle to Compensate the Innocent for Wrongful Incarceration and the Strange Legal Odyssey of Timothy Atkins," and "Blood Sugar Sex Magik: A Review of Postconviction DNA Testing Statutes and Legislative Recommendations."Simpson was also a panelist at the 2011 Innocence Network Conference, addressing the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and its application to state inmates seeking relief in federal courts.