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Evett L. Simmons

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Evett L. Simmons concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and guardianship administration and litigation.

Ms. Simmons is a past President of the National Bar Association and a past president of the Port St. Lucie Bar Association. She is also a former member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, the State of Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, and the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida, Inc. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Florida Southern College and the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

Ms. Simmons has been awarded honors by a variety of respected organizations, associations, and businesses. In 2013, Florida Southern College named its multicultural center the “Evett L. Simmons Center for Multicultural Awareness.” In 2007, the NBA presented Ms. Simmons with the “Gertrude E. Rush Award” that honors her spirit and commitment to mankind. She also received the “National Black Pre-Law Admissions and Preparation Conference Legacy Builder Award,” the “PACE Believing in Girls Embrace Growth & Legacy Award,” and the “Soroptimist Women of Distinction Award.” In 2001, she was listed by Ebony magazine as one of the most influential African Americans in this country. She is the recipient of the American Association of University Women Port St. Lucie Chapter, “Outstanding Community Service Award” in the field of law. Other honors include the 2001 “Alumna of the Year” Award, Mercer University School of Law; 2001 “Outstanding Alumni Achievement” Citation, Florida Southern College; a proclamation from the City of Fernandina Beach, Florida declaring August 11, 2000 ‘Evett L. Simmons Day,’ and the 1997 United Way of St. Lucie County “Volunteer of the Year” Award. Ms. Simmons has participated in a number of bond transactions involving the City of Port St. Lucie and the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

Ms. Simmons is the Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • L.L.D., Suffolk University, 2001
  • J.D., Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., Florida Southern College, 1979
Experience

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Diversity Center Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association’s Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools, Member
  • American Bar Association President’s Council on Diversity in the Profession, Past Chair
    • House of Delegates, Former Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow American Law Institute, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair and Former Vice Chair
    • Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Member
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Member
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign, Rules Committee, Representative
  • Indian River Community College, Legal Assisting Advisory Committee, Member
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • National Bar Association Crump Law Camp Committee, Chair National Bar Association, Past President
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers (“Red Book”), Member PACE Center for Girls, Treasure Coast, Board of Directors Phi Mu Fraternity, Inc., Member
  • Port St. Lucie Bar Association, Member
  • St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Advisory Committee, Member
  • Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, Past President

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Awards

Recognitions

  • Chambers Women in Law, “Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession,” 2018
  • The Children’s Campaign, “Systemic Reform,” 2018
  • National Bar Association, Gertrude E. Rush Award, 2007
  • National Black Pre-Law Admissions and Preparation Conference, Legacy Builder Award, 2007
  • PACE, Believing in Girls Embrace Growth & Legacy Award
  • Ebony magazine, One of the Most Influential African Americans in the US, 2001
  • American Association of University Women, Port St. Lucie Chapter, Outstanding Community Service Award in the Field of Law
  • Mercer University School of Law, Alumna of the Year Award, 2001
  • Florida Southern College, Outstanding Alumni Achievement Citation, 2001
  • Evett L. Simmons Day Proclamation from the City of Fernandina Beach, FL, August 11, 2000
  • United Way of St. Lucie County, Volunteer of the Year Award, 1997
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