William A. "Bill" Simms

William A. "Bill" Simms


Arnett, Draper & Hagood

Recognized since 2007

Knoxville, Tennessee

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Product Liability Litigation
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Bill Simms is a third generation lawyer primarily focusing on litigation, insurance defense, products liability, personal injury, aviation, construction, and trucking law. Bill became a partner in the firm in 1977 and currently serves on the managing partners' committee, which is comprised of the four most senior partners.

He entered college at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1964. There he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, as well as the Order of Gownsmen, an academic society, and other organizations. He graduated from Sewanee in 1968, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

He was admitted to the University of Tennessee School of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1968 where he pursued a curriculum with emphasis on trial practice. He participated in the co-op program sponsored by the law school in conjunction with the legal office of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

In 1971, he was hired as a law clerk by the firm of Arnett, Draper & Hagood. While attending school and clerking for the firm in the summer of 1971, Bill was also selected as outstanding moot court attorney in his moot court class.

Upon graduation from law school in 1971, Bill accepted an associate's position with the firm. He took the Tennessee Bar exam in 1972, and received his license to practice law later that year.

After joining the firm in 1972, Bill has practiced continuously with the firm since that time. He is also certified as a mediator pursuant to Rule 31 of the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He has an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell.

Bill is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association, the Tennessee State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the American Inns of Court, Hamilton S. Burnette Chapter, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He served as President of the Tennessee chapter of ABOTA in 2004. In addition, Bill is a Fellow in the Knoxville Bar Foundation, as well as the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Bill has been listed in the 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, the 2012, 2013, and 2018 editions of The Best Attorneys in Tennessee, the 2013 edition of Knoxville Best Lawyers, and the 2010 and 2015 editions of Top Lawyers, City View Magazine, as well as the 2018 edition of Top Attorneys in the Mid-South.

Bill is an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He enjoys fishing, camping, photography, archery, gun collecting, and the shooting sports.

A detailed curriculum vitae outlining Bill's professional activities and accomplishments and his membership in various professional organizations is available upon request.

Location

  • First Horizon Plaza, Suite 2300
    P.O. Box 300
    Knoxville, TN 37901-0300

Languages

  • English

Demographics

  • Sex: Male
  • Ethnicity: White

Education

  • Sewanee-The University of the South, B.A., graduated 1968
  • The University of Tennessee, graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association

Affiliations

  • America''s Registry of Outstanding Professionals - Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation - Member
  • Knoxville Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation - Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association - Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - President of Tn. Chapter ( 2004)
  • American Inns of Court - Emeritus Member
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel - Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Product Liability Litigation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Knoxville (2022)
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Knoxville (2018)
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Knoxville (2014)
  • Product Liability Litigation, Knoxville (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Awards:

  • Strathmore's Who's Who
  • Presidential Who's Who
  • Premier Who's Who
  • Kipling's Who's Who

"I found Mr. Simms to be extremely professional and his advice to be exactly what we needed to conclude the cases."

"William Simms is knowledgeable and responsive to our needs and requests. He is great with our flash losses."

- Mickie Grove (Carolina Casualty Insurance Company), Jacksonville, FL

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