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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
  2. Family: 20%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Amanda Elise Wright

    I worked for Kelly years ago and have continued to refer him criminal cases throughout my career. Very few attorneys in town have the experience and credentials that Kelly does, and those same qualities are what allow him to represent each client zealously and aggressively while obtaining the best possible result.


    Amanda Wright Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Varet

    I endorse this lawyer. From the day I met Mr. Simms, he has been an excellent mentor and true role model. He has always been there to assist me and answer my questions. Moreover, watching him in court is a true treat. Not only is he amazingly professional, he is also impressively persuasive, diligent, and pugnacious. It is an honor to know him, and I would highly recommend him for any criminal matter.


    David Varet Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Day Building
605 E Robinson St Ste 450
Orlando, Florida, 328012060


FLMember in Good Standing198509/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Orlando's Top LawyersOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2012
Orlando's Top LawyersOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2011
Orlando's Top LawyersOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2010
Joseph W. DuRocher Foot Soldier of the ConstitutionCentral Florida Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A
Outstanding Personal CommitmentVictim Services CoalitonN/A
Board Certified Criminal Trial ExpertThe Florida BarN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
National Criminal Defense College GraduateMercer College of LawN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentLaw Office of Kelly B. Sims, P.A.1994 - Present
Capital Litigator/Training SupervisorOffice Of The Public Defender Ninth Judicial Circuit1985 - 1993
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDirector at Large1999 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife MemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. J. L.Not Guilty
State v, H, T,Not Guilty all counts
State v, N. B.Not Guilty both counts
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Publication NameTitleDate
The DefenderThe Story in my Briefs: Putting More Emotions in your Motions2007
The DefenderCommunicating with Your Opponent or The Subtle Art of Plea Negotiation or At Least Talk to Me2006
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1984
University of FloridaBroadcastingBachelor of Science1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trial with StyleFinding, Presenting and Reaping the Rewards of Effective MitigationN/A
Defender College XIIVoir Dire and the Law of Jury SelectionN/A
Death is Different IXPreparing Yourself to Save Your Client's LifeN/A
Continuing Legal EducationTake the Ethical Challenge: "Are you a Survivor?"N/A