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