Frederick Simpich III

Frederick Simpich III, a lawyer who served as general counsel to the Commerce Department early in his career and later as a specialist in corporate and real estate law, died Jan. 5 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville, Md. He was 82 and lived in Washington.

The cause was bone cancer, said his wife, Patricia Simpich.

Mr. Simpich retired in 2011 after a legal career of more than 50 years. At retirement he was a partner in Cameron LLP, a firm he joined in 1994. He began his legal career at Covington & Burling in 1960.

Frederick Simpich III was born in Washington. He lived in Hawaii as a child and graduated in 1954 from Stanford University. He served in the Army and in 1960 graduated from Stanford Law School.

During the Johnson administration, he was an executive assistant at the Commerce Department and the department’s general counsel.

Mr. Simpich later established the Washington office of Wynne, Jaffe & Tinsley, a Dallas-based law firm. He then set up his own firm, Davis & Simpich, and for several years was general counsel to the National League of Cities.

He taught Bible study classes at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Patricia Eberhart Simpich of Washington.

— Bart Barnes