ATTORNEY AND VICE MAYOR
ERRICK D. SIMMONS
“Serving Not Sitting”
Attorney Errick D. Simmons is the City of Greenville, Mississippi’s youngest city councilman and currently serves as the Vice Mayor. First elected on January 2, 2008, he serves on the charter and ordinance committee, public safety committee, and airport committees. During his tenure as city councilman, Simmons has balanced seven (7) city budgets totaling over 100 million dollars and managed over $21 million dollars in grants awards. Simmons is a firm believer that a life lived in service to others is a life worth living.
Attorney Simmons matriculated through Greenville Public Schools where he graduated second in his class at T. L. Weston High School in 1995, second to his twin brother and law partner, Mississippi State Senator Derrick T. Simmons. Attorney Simmons later studied at Jackson State University, where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration in Economics in 2000. In 2002, Councilman Simmons received a Masters in Arts in Economics from Howard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and received his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law (HUSL) in 2005. As the team captain of the nationally-acclaimed HUSL Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Team, Attorney Simmons led the team to victory defeating two-time reigning champion Harvard Law School to become the first historically black law school to win the American Bar Association International Mock Trial Competition. Attorney Simmons is a recipient of numerous community services awards by local, state, and national organizations and has been featured in several local, state, and national publications, including but not limited to, Jet Magazine, Dallas Examiner, Chicago Defender, Time, Diversity and the Bar, interviewed by Host Ed Gordon on National Public Radio, congratulated in the United States House of Representatives, and recently featured on the cover of Mississippi’s edition of Attorney-at-Law Magazine for being the Attorney of the Month for November 2014.
After graduation from law school, Attorney Simmons returned home to Greenville to use his educational preparation, professionalism, passion, and dedication to serve the people of Greenville, the Mississippi Delta, and the South as a whole.
As a leading Mississippi trial lawyer, Simmons is the co-founder/co-owner of Simmons & Simmons, PLLC in Greenville (www.simmonspllc.com), an aggressive law firm concentrating on the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. As a trial lawyer, Errick leads the civil division of Simmons & Simmons, PLLC and have achieved results in and outside the courtroom for his clients. Notable successes include a seven-figure settlement for individuals receiving personal injuries and property damages from exposure to toxic chemicals that were allowed to migrate offsite from a chemical plant. Simmons also recovered damages for a mother and child while during a traumatic labor the child suffered an Erb’s proximal brachial plexus palsy injury.
Simmons’ strong advocacy and commitment to our youth have afforded him gubernatorial appointments and national affiliations with some of the leading foundations, non-profits, and private organizations. Attorney Simmons was named by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as one of 2011 Nation’s Best Advocates: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.
In service as a trial attorney, businessman, community leader, youth advisor, father, and man of God, Attorney and Vice Mayor Simmons continues to forge his place in the hearts of those he serves by taking the serving position at the table instead of the sitting one. “For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as One who serves.” Luke 22:27 NKJV.
Attorney and Vice Mayor Simmons can be best described as a dedicated and committed leader serving as Board of Director, Mississippi Municipal League (serves on Legislative Committee); Member, Annie E. Casey Foundation Applied Leadership Network; Steering Council Member, Mississippi Economic Council and Blueprint MS; Member, Mississippi Juvenile Detention Alternatives Task Force; Former Member, The Children’s Justice Act Task Force, 2008-2013; Member and Paul Harris Fellow, Greenville Rotary Club; Former Board Member, E.E. Bass Foundation and Greenville Arts Council; mentor of WWISCAA Youth Mentor Program, former board member of United Way of Washington County, member of the Southside Neighborhood Association; past PTA President of Matty Akin Elementary School; past PTA President at Lucy Webb Elementary School; past parent of the year, Greenville Public School District; member; Mississippi Bar Association; member, National Bar Association; member, Magnolia Bar Association; member, American Bar Association; member, American Association of Justice; member, Mississippi Association of Justice; and member, Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. Attorney Simmons is also a proud Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a mason.
Vice Mayor Simmons is a team sponsor for Washington County and City of Greenville youth sport leagues and sponsors an annual Christmas Toy Give-a-way, providing toys to nearly 300 needy kids in his area. Vice Mayor Simmons financially contributes to both Jackson State University, Howard University School of Law, and charitable, civic, and social organizations. He is a member of the Greater Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi where Mark Buckner is pastor.
He is married to Dr. Temika M. Simmons and they have two (2) children - Errick and Eriel.
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