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Derek B Simms

Criminal defense Attorney at Birmingham, AL

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Licensed for 23 years
State AL
Status Occupational License - Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/11/2022

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Simms & Associates
608 37th St. S
Birmingham, AL, 35222

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Posted by Cait | January 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Derek Simms - Simms & Associates
From the first initial consult call that led to a meeting with Derek, I felt like I had found an advocate for my case. I was dealing with another firm that brushed me off and didn't care about me (the client), and he was able to ease any concern to make the switch from them to him on that note as well as many other reasons. I, for the first time, had felt listened too, understood, and ready to move forward with complete confidence thanks to Derek!! He truly led me throughout my entire case with ease, professionalism, care, empathy, as well as always having a solution to what would be overwhelming obstacles at every turn to the normal person. He led my case to a successful outcome while providing such a detailed care for my overall wellbeing, and what I felt was right/fair as well. He definitely will be referred to all my friends and family, and anyone we connect with. Thank you, Derek, I truly cannot thank you for being the advocate that you are for your clients!!! I can guarantee, you will want Derek on your side! -A truly grateful and happy client
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Posted by Rhonda | June 25, 2020
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Derek Simms Is my Superman!!!!
I was charged In a felony, When I had done nothing wrong. I found out that proving my word over the policemen words you can’t do alone. I came across Derek’s law firm and he knew what to do and say and gave me so much hope at that time after hearing what had happened to me was wrong! And now with just one time to court, I’m free!!! This man is the smartest and so friendly person I thank God for him, I will forever be grateful to him. He truly gave my life back to me.. I have no charges on my name! He’s the Best
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Posted by Anquarious | May 15, 2019
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Awesome Lawyer
Mr.Derek helped me out alot not one but on two occasions, he fought my case where I first I had wanted to give up on it but he found a way. I had got into a situation with where I was fighting to get back my car from a dealership who towed it and double the price and tried to countersuit me for alot more money but Mr.Derek investigated found out more on the case that I didn't know and ended up having them setteled out, Mr Derek fought for me and he will get to the bottom of it, trust him and will handle it no matter who they are, Mr. Derek will fight it all the way...
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Posted by Sammy | February 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Skilled Attorney
Derek has been my attorney for more than 15 years. He has counselled me on everything from business contracts and transactions to car accident personal injury. I have a lot of faith in Derek's councel and I often seek Derek's advice and input for any legal matters that may arise.
Posted by Lee | August 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Birmingham
Derek Simms 1000% is the best. Had a DUI case that he worked for several years and on the day of the trial, had it pleaded down to a lesser charge, one that the prosecutors did not want to plead. Due to his skills and knowledge, it was a WIN!!! Very knowledgeable of all aspects of my case and the time he takes with his clients is amazing. Very professional and would highly recommend!!
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Posted by Robert | March 30, 2015
Robert Douglas
When I was arrested for alleged DUI Derek Simms was the first person I called. Not only did he instruct and inform me but he did it in a way that I could understand. The legal world is very confusing and I know he is someone who I can trust to take the reigns and get the best possible outcome for me. I would not recommend any other attorney besides Derek. He is the best at what he does and if you get the chance to work with him you will find out why he is the best.
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Posted by Mitch | March 11, 2015
Derek Simms is a magician: he makes criminal cases disappear.
Mr. Simms has represented me on at least 5 different occasions and has worked miracles every single time. He has achieved results that other good lawyers told me were not possible. I keep his cell phone number on my speed dial. Thank you, Mr. Simms!
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2013
I never bother writing reviews but after the job Derek did for me (and in turn my family) I felt it the least I could do.
I first spoke with Mr. Simms after spending countless hours on the web searching for a competent attorney (there is apparently no shortage of attorneys in Alabama). Within minutes of conversing with Derek, I felt a great sense of relief. He seemed very knowledgable on traffic law ( I am a commercial truck driver) and though he said the bar prohibited him from promising an outcome, he virtually assured me that he could keep this violation off my record. I had a lot riding on this verdict, as another driving infraction would have resulted in me losing my CDL and thus my livelihood. Well, let me say that Derek completely changed my outlook on attorneys. Not only did the ticket "disappear" but I only had to pay court costs!! Though I am sure he won't take me up on it, my wife and I invited his family down to Mobile for Thanksgiving. Do yourself a favor and call this man if you get pulled over in Alabama. Thank you Derek and I'll save a drumstick for you! (ha, ha!)
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2013
Best of the Best!!
I met with Mr. Simms to handle a Municipal Court case. He explained my options, and his plan of execution, that made me feel so relieved. His compassion gave me comfort in a very dis-comfortable situation. The disposition of the case was wonderful and I am very pleased with his firm. I consider Mr. Simms my attorney!
Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2013
Birmingham's best attorney
Several months ago while on the way to see a play, I tripped on an uneven brick walkway just outside the theater and injured my face and knees. A friend referred attorney Simms to me. After a consultation, I hired him to handle my claim. I liked his professional and caring demeanor. He handled my case promptly and I was completely satisfied with the outcome. Needless to say, I highly recommend attorney Derek Simms to everyone.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Simms & associates
  • 1999 - Present
  • Senior Claims Adjuster
  • The Infinity Group
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Committee Intern
  • Arizona State Senate
  • 1993 - 1993

Education

  • Birmingham School of Law (Birmingham, AL)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Northern Arizona University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • B-Metro Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Dean's List
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • 1994
  • Dean's List
  • Samford University-Cumberland School of Law
  • 1993
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Publications

  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Contributor
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • WVTM Channel 13
  • Alabama's New (2013) Firearms Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Agriculture Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the opportunity and pleasure to work with Derek Simms on several heavily contested issues. I feel highly confident recommending Derek to anyone in need of legal assistance."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Simms has an incredible skill set when it comes to handling all of the legal issues involving personal injuries. He works tirelessly to provide outstanding legal services to each and every client he represents."
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