Simmons entered law practice in 1981 as a civil trial lawyer with Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert, Whigham & Simmons in Seminole County, Florida. In that capacity, he represented corporations and individuals in general civil litigation, probate litigation and complex family law matters. In addition to his litigation practice, Simmons served as a local government attorney. He was General Counsel for the City of Lake Mary, Seminole State College, and the Sanford Housing Authority. He served as Assistant General Counsel for the School Board of Seminole County and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. In his government practice, Clay represented over a dozen Florida governmental entities in administrative actions, contract cases, construction matters, defense of personal injury claims, bid protests and litigation of zoning and property related matters.
Clay became certified as a mediator in 1998. From 1998 until 2003, in addition to his law practice he mediated dozens of civil, probate, and family law cases.
In 2003, Clay was appointed to the Circuit Court bench by Governor Jeb Bush in Seminole County, Florida. In 2007 he was unanimously elected Chief Judge by the other 41 judges in Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and served as Chief Judge from 2007-2009. He was honored as judge of the year in 2007. All together he served seven years and eight months on the circuit bench where he presided over approximately 100 complex jury trials, hundreds of non-jury civil, family, and probate trials, as well as numerous felony criminal cases. Simmons served as the Family Division Administrative Judge for Seminole County for two years and served in the Civil/Family Division for a total of 6 ½ years.
After leaving the bench in December 2010, Clay became a shareholder with Bryant Miller Olive, P.A. where he served as Chair of the firm’s Orlando litigation section where he litigated all types of civil matters. While at BMO Simmons also mediated hundreds of civil and family law cases, including but not limited to, homeowner association disputes, personal injury cases, probate, labor and employment cases, lien litigation, breach of contract cases, mortgage foreclosures and construction defect cases. He was also appointed to serve as a special master or magistrate in a number of litigation matters involving complex discovery issues. Simmons also arbitrated a week long arbitration of a million-dollar construction case.
Most recently, Clay has opened his own law firm where he focuses his practice on civil litigation, family law, mediation and arbitration.
In addition to his legal career, Clay served our country for 6 ½ years as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force, including a year in Vietnam. After leaving active duty, he served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Clayton D. Simmons brings a wealth of legal, judicial and real world experience to the table. He can call upon his experience as judge and litigator to help clients effectively analyze their legal needs and develop an effective legal strategy.
Clayton D. Simmons, Esquire
Mr. Simmons graduated from Florida State University in 1966 with a degree in Biology, Ball State University in 1971 with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Nova Southeastern School of Law in 1980 with a Juris Doctorate.
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