John Paul is an associate in the Lovely Law Firm’s Mount Pleasant, South Carolina office. He received two separate B.S. degrees in Marketing and Finance from Clemson University in 2011. After graduating from Clemson University, Mr. Simkovich attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he completed his Juris Doctor in 2014. While in law school, Mr. Simkovich served as an Executive Articles Editor for the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal. In addition, Mr. Simkovich was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Legal Writing and Evidence, which is an award given to the student with the highest grade in the class. Further, while in law school, Mr. Simkovich was one of ten students selected to receive the Outstanding Service Award for outstanding pro bono service to members of the community.
Following law school, Mr. Simkovich served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven H. John of the South Carolina Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Horry and Georgetown Counties). From there, Mr. Simkovich began his career in private practice working for one of South Carolina’s largest Workers’ Compensation defense firms. After spending years defending workers’ compensation insurance carriers, Mr. Simkovich accepted a new position at one of South Carolina’s preeminent insurance defense firms. In this role, Mr. Simkovich was regularly retained by the nation’s largest insurers, self-insured corporations, and third-party risk managers in complex litigation involving tort liability, risk management issues, and multiparty cases. Mr. Simkovich’s defense practice primarily focused on personal injury defense litigation, specializing in defending parties involved in motor vehicle accidents and premises liability (slip and fall cases).
After spending years defending large insurance companies, Mr. Simkovich pursued his desire to represent plaintiffs rather than insurance companies and joined the Lovely Law Firm in March of 2021. Mr. Simkovich’s extensive prior experience with multiple defense firms provides him with unique insight and knowledge into how insurance carriers approach and evaluate lawsuits filed against their insureds. He draws on this invaluable experience to reach the absolute best outcomes for his clients who have been injured through no fault of their own or injured on the job.
Mr. Simkovich is a native of Mount Pleasant, SC. He is very active in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Lowcountry, where he serves as a Big Brother/ mentor to a 13 year-old young man. Additionally, he serves on the board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Lowcountry’s fundraising committee. In his free time, you will find Mr. Simkovich on the beach, on the boat, or cheering on the Clemson Tigers.
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