Simmons Law Firm Founder Named One of Best Lawyers in America
John S. Simmons, founding attorney of Simmons Law Firm in Columbia, S.C., was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the field of White-Collar Criminal Defense. John was also named the 2017 The Best Lawyers in America White Collar Criminal Defense “Lawyer of the Year” for Columbia, South Carolina. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”.
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In addition to this recent honor, John holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating, is Lead Counsel rated, and is a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, South Carolina Super Lawyers and the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers. In 1992, John served as the youngest Presidentially-appointed United States Attorney in the country, having been named to the post by President George Bush. After serving as United States Attorney, John was the Chief of the State Grand Jury in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Prior to becoming United States Attorney, John was an assistant United States Attorney in charge of prosecutions involving environmental and white collar crimes.