lars simonsen



Attorney Profile

Whether you find Lars Simonsen in his downtown Edenton office, in an art gallery showing his collection of original paintings and sculptures, in the Sunday School class he teaches or playing in his church band, on the sports field coaching his three sons, or playing bass at local festivals, on the radio, or in the music recording studio, you can bet he’s giving it his all!

Lars Simonsen is truly a renaissance man, he can do everything well.
— former partner, William Pritchett, 1944–2001


University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1990
Doctor of Jurisprudence

HONORS: Order of the Coif
HONORS: Graduation with Honors
Staff Member, North Carolina Law Review

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1987
Bachelor of Arts in Biology

HONORS: Graduated with Distinction

Bar Admissions

North Carolina Bar, 1990
U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1991
U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1991
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1995
Certified Superior Court Mediator, 1999

Publications and Seminars Taught

“Crisis Management for Petroleum Marketers,” live seminar, North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers’ Management Institute, April 21, 2021.

“Introduction to Environmental Law” live webcast, Law to the People, LLC, February 27, 2019.

“Introduction to Environmental Law” live webcast, Law to the People, LLC, November, 29, 2018.

North Carolina Environmental Law Desk Manual, published by the NC Bar Association Foundation (2015), “Coastal Zone Management Act” by Lars P. Simonsen.

The Times They are A-Changin’: The Evolving Landscape of North Carolina Administrative Law, North Carolina Bar Association, April 18, 2013

Covering Your Healthcare Bases: Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills Vidant Hospital, March 14, 2013.

Are They Right, or Should I Fight? Deciding whether to Appeal Agency Decisions, NC Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Institute, April 29, 2009, instructor

What on Earth? A Primer on Environmental Law, North Carolina Bar Association, October, 11, 2007, instructor

Public Health, Ground Water, and Water Wells, Legal Issues for Customers, Consumers, and Private Wells, American Groundwater Trust, June 4, 2007, instructor

Basics of Environmental Law, NCBA CLE Seminar, October 3, 2003, program planner

From Wetlands to Brownfields: Allocation, Protection, Contamination, and Reclamation, NCBA Annual Meeting of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, May 9 10, 2003, program planner

Dry Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act, North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 10, 2002 May 11, 2002, instructor

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers, 2012–2021 (

Best Lawyers 2013 Top Listed: Simonsen Law Firm, P.C. (selection criteria:

US News and World Report, 2013–2021 Best Law Firms, Tier 1 Environmental Law, Tier 1 Environmental Litigation (

Best Lawyers 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Law, Norfolk Area (

Best Lawyers 2014–2021 Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Law, Norfolk Area (

The Best Lawyers in America 2008–2021 (

Listed in Business North Carolina magazine’s 2010 Legal Elite (

Professional Associations and Memberships

First District Bar Association, member

North Carolina Bar Association, member, Environmental Section

NCBA Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, Section Council Member

North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association

Open Door Baptist Church, member

Rotary Club 1993–2017

Association of Launderers and Dry Cleaners

Birth Information

1965, Raleigh, NC, first generation American


1987 married Chamblee R. Burch of Windsor, NC.

Children, 3 sons:

Micah: NC State University, Jefferson Scholar, Class of 2013;
Campbell Law School Class of 2017

Nikolai: US Naval Academy, two years; NC State University, Class of 2015
Sherman College of Chiropractic Class of 2020, founder Adapt Chiropractic

Isaac: East Carolina University, Class of 2018

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