Clayton D.


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Orlando Office

407-426-7001 phone
407-426-7262 fax

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  • Nova Southeastern School of Law - J.D., 1980
  • Ball State University - M.A., Counseling Psychology, 1971
  • Florida State University- B.S., Biology, 1966
  • Air War College, 1990
  • Air Command and Staff Course , 1988

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar (1981)


Clayton D. Simmons served as Chief Judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit from 2007-2009. He dedicated seven-and-a-half years of service to the judicial bench, and was selected as Judge of the Year in 2007. Prior to his judicial tenure, Simmons practiced as a civil trial lawyer for more than 22 years with Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert, Whigham & Simmons in Seminole County, Florida. In that capacity, he represented corporations and individuals in general civil litigation and complex domestic/family law matters. In addition to his civil litigation practice, Simmons has also been active as a local government attorney. He has served as City Attorney for the city of Lake Mary, College Attorney for Seminole State College, Assistant School Board Attorney for the School Board of Seminole County, assistant legal counsel for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and General Counsel for the Sanford Housing Authority. As part of his government practice, Simmons has represented over a dozen governmental entities in administrative actions, contract cases, construction matters, defense of personal injury claims, bid defenses and litigation of zoning and property related matters. Simmons served our country for 6 ½ years as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force, including a year in Vietnam. After leaving active duty he served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He graduated from Florida State University in 1966 with a degree in Biology, and from Ball State University in 1971 with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Simmons earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern School of Law in 1980.


Professional & Civic Activities

  • Seminole County Bar Association , President (1991)
  • Volie A. Williams Inn of Court , President (2002)
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Chairman (1999)
  • Sanford Optimist Club, President (1987)
  • Sanford Optimist Club, Treasure (1986)
  • Reserve Officers Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Markham Woods Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • Seminole Soccer Club B, Member, Coach, and Legal Counsel
  • Lake Mary Elementary School Advisory Board
  • Lake Mary Elementary School PTA
  • Greenwood Lakes Middle School PTA
  • Lake Mary High School PTA
  • Lake Mary High School Band Boosters, Member and Legal Advisor
  • Seminole State College Legal Studies Advisory Board
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Lake Mary Code Enforcement Board, Chairman (1987)
  • Lake Mary Planning and Zoning Board
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