People used to call what I do “general counsel” but these days that term is often used by lawyers who never go to court, and that’s not me.
I go to court a lot, so I prefer to call myself a “business lawyer” who has a wide range of both litigation and transactional experience.
My litigation experience over the years ranges from breach of contract, products liability, personal injury, trademark litigation, securities fraud, consumer protection, real estate and employment law. I have also worked in all of these areas of law on the transactional side, such as drafting contracts, setting up companies, obtaining trademark registrations, drafting employee handbooks and reviewing leases.
That’s what qualifies me to be “general counsel” for my clients.
What I do is I stand by my clients, from start to finish, from office, to court, and back.
When I work on business transactions, my goal is to help keep my clients out of court, but if that can’t be avoided, my experience as a litigator informs my transactional work. When I review or draft a contract or other legal document for a client, I am thinking of how it will play out as “Exhibit A” in a court case. Will it hold up? What will a judge or jury think of it? To answer those questions, I draw on not only my knowledge of case law and statutes, but also upon my own experience in the courtroom. It’s in the court room where you see first hand what works and what doesn’t.
Experience & Qualifications
Anderson M. Simmons
Admitted to practice law:
U.S. District Courts for Central and Northern Districts of California and all U.S. District Courts of Texas.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, J.D., cum laude 1995
Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, visiting student
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1989, Major: Government; Minor: Middle Eastern Studies
The Institute of Electronic Science, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M System, Bryan, TX 1983
Austin Bar Association, Member
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
First Place Winner, California Bankruptcy Journal Joseph Bernfeld Writing Competition, 1995
Am Jur Award, Family Law
Past Legal Positions:
General Counsel: Southwest Recreational Industries, Inc., Leander, Texas
Associate: Clark, Thomas & Winters, Austin, Texas
Associate: Sims, Morrow & Manning, Newport Beach, California
Law Clerk: Chang & Lim, Los Angeles, California
Law Clerk: Law Department of City of Cleveland, Ohio
Electronics Technician, Fusion Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
Instructor, Virginia College at Austin, Paralegal Program: taught civil litigation, torts, real estate and business law
Scuba diving; PADI dive master
Rental property renovation and management