David Simmons was born in Nashville, Tennessee. David graduated with highest distinction from Tennessee Technological University, where he was first in his class in Mathematics and received both the R. H. Moorman Scholarship and the Mathematics Award. While attending Vanderbilt University, he was the recipient of the William B. Marr Scholarship. He also served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and as an editor of The Vanderbilt Moot Court Board.

David is board certified by The Florida Bar both as a Civil Trial Lawyer and Business Litigation Attorney, and is also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Advocacy. He holds the highest ranking an individual attorney can receive (AV), as designated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

David presently carries on an active commercial litigation practice, trying cases and handling complex commercial and real estate disputes. David also takes time to give back to his community and the people of the State of Florida. In 2000, David was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, representing portions of Seminole and Orange Counties. He was re-elected to the Florida House in 2002, 2004, and 2006. In 2010, David was elected to the Florida Senate, where he presently serves as Chairman of the Senate Education Appropriations Pre-K through 12 Sub-Committee.

David also received the prestigious honors of being recognized as a 2016 Florida Super Lawyer, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

 

Bar Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

 

 

 

  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • The Florida House of Representatives (2000 – 2008)
  • The Florida State Senate (2010 – Present)
  • The Florida Senate, Majority Whip (2010 – 2012)
  • Chairman, Banking and Insurance Committee (2012 – 2014)
  • Chairman, Rules Committee (2014 – 2016)
  • Chairman, Education and Appropriations Pre-K through 12 (2010 – 2012; 2016 – Present)
  • S. Senator Connie Mack’s Federal Judicial Advisory Commission (1989-1992)
  • Lakeside Alternatives, Inc., Former Board of Directors member and President
  • City of Orlando Citizens Review Committee, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master

 

 

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School

  • Juris Doctor – 1977

Tennessee Technological University

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Highest Distinction – 1974

Awards & Recognition

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy Board Certified in Trial Advocacy
  • Nation’s Top One Percent – National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Status
  • Florida Trend – Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers

Committed to our clients for 40 years.