Senator Derrick T. Simmons

 

Senator Derrick T. Simmons is a trial lawyer, former municipal court judge, and Mississippi State Senator.Derrick is self-employed as the co-founder/co-owner of Simmons & Simmons, PLLC, Attorneys at Law in Greenville, Mississippi, (www.simmonspllc.com), which he established along with his twin brother, Councilman and Attorney Errick D. Simmons.  Simmons & Simmons is a small but aggressive law firm concentrating on the areas of personal injury, corporate law, family law, juvenile justice, and criminal defense.  Licensed to practice law in Mississippi and the District of Columbia, Derrick leads the criminal defense division of Simmons & Simmons.

Derrick was elected to the Senate on March 1, 2011.  Senator Simmons serves as state senator for Senate District 12, which covers parts of Bolivar, Coahoma, and Washington counties.  Senator Simmons serves on the following committees: Compilations, Revisions, and Publications Committee, Corrections, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary A, Judiciary B, Labor, and Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Senator Simmons’ educational background and experiences include matriculating through Greenville Public Schools where he graduated first in his class high school.  He later studied at Jackson State University, where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting in 2000 where he finished first in the business school.  In 2002, Derrick received a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Howard University College of Business where he finished first in his MBA class.  In 2005, Derrick graduated from Howard University School of Law (HUSL) where he received his Juris Doctorate degree.

Derrick was a member of a four member Howard University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team that became the first historically black university to win the American Bar Association Competition sponsored by the ABA and John Marshall Law School in April 2005 defeating two-time reigning champion Harvard University.  Derrick has been featured in several publications, including but not limited to, Jet Magazine, Dallas Examiner, Chicago Defender, and Diversity and the Bar, and congratulated in the United States House of Representatives for this honor.

In 2009, Derrick became the municipal court judge for the Town of Sunflower, Mississippi and Moorhead, Mississippi where he held both posts until March 1, 2011.   Attorney Simmons has also served as the youngest school board member and secretary of the Greenville Public School District.  Senator Simmons also has taught as an adjunct professor at Mississippi Valley State University since 2007.

In 2011, Senator Simmons received the esteemed Government Service Award from the Magnolia Bar Association.  Senator Simmons was named by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as one of 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.  Senator Simmons was recognized as a talented individual (age 40 and under) within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically.  He was chosen based on his achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal community involvement.

Derrick also devotes his time to participate in other community and organizational endeavors, as well as serving on corporate boards.  Derrick participates annually in his city’s campaign to “Keep Greenville Beautiful” by picking up trash with local churches and community members throughout the spring and summer months.  Derrick is a Youth Mentor of WWISCAA Mentor Program, Board Member of United Way of Washington County, Board Member of Delta Center Stage; Member of Greenville Public School Board of Trustees; Leadership Mississippi Class of 2009; Greenville Rotary Club; Mississippi Bar Association; Magnolia Bar Association; American Bar Association; America Association of Justice; Mississippi Association of Justice; National Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar; Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society; and, mason.

Derrick is also a proud Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Derrick is married to Mrs. CuWanda Flowers Simmons.

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