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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 business, corporate, environmental, eminent domain, 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.

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
  • Appeals
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Litigation – Specializing in Complex Commercial and Real Estate Matters
  • Civil Trial
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Eminent Domain
  • Environmental and Land Use
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation & Disputes
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use Litigation
  • 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)
  • President Pro Tempore (2018 – 2020)
  • Chairman, Judiciary Committee (2018 – 2020)
  • Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (2017 – 2018)
  • Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (2016 – 2017; 2010 – 2012)
  • Chairman, Rules Committee (2014 – 2016)
  • Chairman, Banking and Insurance Committee (2012 – 2014)
  • The Florida Senate, Majority Whip (2010 – 2012)
  • 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
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