Educational and Professional Background:

Mr. Simmons is a civil trial lawyer whose primary focus is the litigation of complex civil cases where the stakes are high, winning is essential and judgment and discretion are of paramount importance. Since 1996, he has aggressively represented clients in matters including business break-ups, divorce disputes, professional malpractice, securities fraud, international contract disputes, emerging Internet disputes, employment law, business tort and unfair competition cases. He represents individuals, and small and mid-sized business (including 8(a) contractors).

A Washington, D.C..-area native, Mr. Simmons received his law degree Magna Cum Laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, resulting in his appointment to the Order of the Coif. In addition to graduating with high honors, he earned the American Bankruptcy Law Journal Prize while still in law school. Mr. Simmons holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park, which he received in 1993.

Mr. Simmons spent two years with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Delaware office, where he had the good fortune to learn Chancery Court practice before the nation's premier business court under experienced business attorneys. At Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP in Philadelphia, he worked with a team of the region's most talented litigators before returning to Maryland in 1999.

This background has equipped Mr. Simmons to help individual and corporate clients grapple with a range of legal and business issues. He handles business disputes of all types, including business break-ups, corporate control battles, employment disputes, intellectual property matters, complex tort cases and fiduciary duty litigation.

Mr. Simmons' track record of success is not limited to the courthouse, but also extends to the negotiating table and formal Alternative Dispute Resolution processes. To date, he has conducted myriad out-of-court negotiations (often avoiding the costly litigation process altogether). He regularly mediates and arbitrates matters where appropriate. Using these tools, Mr. Simmons consistently succeeds at helping his clients obtain favorable outcomes prior to trial, even in situations where some in-court litigation is inevitable.

Education:


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1996
J.D.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: American Bankruptcy Law Journal Prize

University of Maryland, College Park, 1993
B.A.
Major: Economics

Published Works:


"E-mail and the Attorney-Client Privilege", Trial, Feb., at 20, 1999.
"Associating with the 'Enemy': Defending the Rights of Muslims in Post 9/11 America", Litigation, Vol. 29 No. 3 Spring, at 31, 2003

Personal Background:


Mr. Simmons grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1989. He is married to Sarina Goolsby Simmons. The couple reside in Gaithersburg with their three teenage sons, two dogs, two cats and one turtle.

Mr. Simmons enjoys competitive chess, paintball and HPDE (track) days at Summit Point, as well as recreational swimming and hiking. He is an avid collector of European and American art pottery, with an emphasis in Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau period pieces.