Derek Simms

Derek Simms

Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney profile - Derek B. Simms

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury, then you know you need an aggressive, experienced attorney to recover the money damages you deserve. But what should you look for in an attorney? We suggest you consider the following:

Education: Attorney Derek B. Simms, the owner and lead attorney at Simms & Associates, graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University. He was admitted to the Cumberland School of Law in 1994, where he was invited to write for the prestigious American Journal of Trial Advocacy. He was among the top 5 graduates in his law school graduating class.

Insurance Industry Insight:
Mr. Simms was selected to participate in one of the highly coveted legislative intern positions with the Arizona State Senate, serving on the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. He later worked with a well known insurance company as a senior level claims adjuster, negotiating property damage and personal injury settlements before starting his own accident investigation firm..

Legal Experience:

Mr. Simms is regarded by his peers as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Birmingham. He has been invited to speak on a variety of personal injury topics at continuing legal education seminars, and has successfully represented hundreds of clients since opening the firm in 1999. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients and gives quietly and generously to a number of worthy charities.

Resources:
Simms & Associates subscribes to Westlaw, the premier legal research tool in the country. Access to Westlaw levels the playing field and ensures that we have access to the most up-to-date legal research and jury verdict research.

Attorney profile - Erik D Fine

Erik D. Fine, an associate attorney at Simms & Associates, is a graduate of Kansas City Community College where he received an Associate of Arts degree in Law Enforcement in 1989 while on a baseball scholarship. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Criminal Justice in 1991. He was admitted to the Birmingham School of Law in 2008.

Law Enforcement Insight

Mr. Fine has served both as a police officer and a corrections officer for a total of 19 years. As part of his law enforcement training, he was certified as a traffic accident re-constructionist by the Institute of Police Technology and Management and is experienced in car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle and train crashes.

Military Experience

Mr. Fine served honorable in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He is also a certified paramedic, having successfully passed his National Registry Exam in 2007.

Erik D. Fine

Erik D. Fine