Maurice D. Early

Maurice, a founding principal and managing partner, specializes in civil litigation, workers’ compensation defense, and employer immigration compliance. He is presently head of the firm’s civil litigation department and assists in overseeing the immigration compliance department.

Maurice began his legal career as a chief negotiator in the high risk unit of the legal department of a national insurance carrier, overseeing all claims, including auto liability. After relocating to Missouri from the East Coast, Maurice was appointed by Governor Ashcroft to serve as an Associate Administrative Law Judge at the St. Louis Division of Workers’ Compensation.

After his service to the State of Missouri, Maurice accepted an invitation to join the law firm of Evans & Dixon, L.L.C, where he was offered a partnership after only three years. After transitioning to his own private practice, Maurice founded a successful minority owned and operated firm, specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury defense. He then went on to become a founding member of Simon & Early, P.C., and during his ten year tenure, was instrumental in turning the firm into one of the most successful workers’ compensation defense firms in the area.

Maurice additionally has an extensive background as a lecturer and moderator in legal symposiums throughout Missouri and the nation.

He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, Mound City Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Missouri Self-Insurers Association.

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Employer Immigration Compliance


  • Missouri


  • University of Missouri – Columbia, J.D., 1984
  • University of Illinois – Urbana, B.S., 1980