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Firm History

1879: Henry Clay Hays started the original law practice and later he and Samuel J. Wright formed a partnership.
1911: C. Blaine Hays, son of Henry Clay Hays, joined the firm.
1946: C. Blaine Hays, Jr., son of C. Blaine Hays, joined the firm.
1965: Arville L. Funk joined the firm following the death of C. Blaine Hays, Jr. in 1964.
1966: C. Blaine Hays, Sr., Frank L. O’Bannon and Arville L. Funk formed a new partnership known as Hays, O’Bannon & Funk.
1970: Frank L. O’Bannon was elected Indiana State Senator and served from 1971 through 1988.
1980: Ronald W. Simpson joined the firm and the firm became known as O’Bannon, Funk & Simpson.
1986: Ronald W. Simpson was elected Harrison County Prosecutor and served from 1987 through 2002.
1988: Frank L. O’Bannon was elected Lieutenant Governor of Indiana.
1990: G. Patrick Thompson joined the firm following the death of Arville L. Funk and the firm became known as Simpson & Thompson.
1996: Frank L. O’Bannon was elected Governor of Indiana and served until his death in 2003.
2007: John E. Colin joined the firm and the firm became known as Simpson Thompson & Colin, LLC.

SIMPSON THOMPSON & COLIN was awarded the prestigious “Century Business Award”  by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2007.