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Andrea R. Simmons

Managing Senior Counsel
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Phone: 832-849-5410
Fax: 832-514-6215

9950 Woodloch Forest Dr #1300
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Andrea R. Simmons is the Senior Managing Counsel at Clouthier Law, PLLC. She joined the firm in August of 2022 after spending seventeen years with the Denton County District Attorney’s Office in Denton, Texas. During her career with the District Attorney’s Office, Mrs. Simmons spent almost fifteen years in the Appellate Division, until being named Chief of the Appellate Division in 2019.

During her lengthy appellate career, Mrs. Simmons has primarily focused on criminal law, including misdemeanors, felonies, and juvenile cases, in addition to parental termination cases. Mrs. Simmons gained the respect of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges based upon her criminal law knowledge, excellent appellate advocacy, and determination to apply the law appropriately and fairly.

Mrs. Simmons has been heavily involved in several high-profile cases in Denton County from the point of trial until the completion of the appellate process. This early involvement in criminal cases from an appellate perspective allowed Mrs. Simmons to assist attorneys handling the trial with their legal research and advising them to ensure that legal issues were preserved for the next legal hurdle of an appeal, if necessary.

The transition from representing the State of Texas to defending the rights of the accused was a decision Mrs. Simmons made due to her passion of ensuring justice and fairness to all in the legal system. Mrs. Simmons focuses entirely on appellate matters and is passionate about her work and defending the rights of those who have been wronged. Her years of work from the perspective of the Government allows Mrs. Simmons to now use that knowledge, in addition to her love for criminal law, to the benefit of her clients and to seek justice on their behalf.

In looking at the criminal legal appellate process, Mrs. Simmons understands that the direct appeal, and the writ of habeas corpus, are critical in ensuring that the higher courts are made aware of the errors that occurred from the beginning of a case until the conviction, and sometimes thereafter. Every person deserves to have the errors that occurred during their case to be properly brought to the attention of the higher courts, have their story heard, and their rights protected by an appellate attorney who personally cares about their case and will fight tirelessly on their behalf.

Mrs. Simmons stems from a humble background and strives to ensure that every person has access to the best legal representation. She was the first person in her family to attend college and has dedicated her career to ensuring equality and fairness in the legal system. Her parents both graduated with high school diplomas. Her mother worked as a cook and her father a construction worker, until both retired so that her mother could care for her ailing father, who later passed away.

Her parents worked hard to ensure their children had the ability to make their dreams come true. The extended family of Mrs. Simmons is large and has supported her every step through her education and career. The professional achievements and strong ethical practice of law by Mrs. Simmons has exceeded her family’s dreams. Mrs. Simmons has a strong work ethic and will work tirelessly in the representation of her clients.

Mrs. Simmons is married to her wife, Michelle, of 13 years, and they have two adopted children, ages fourteen and nine. She is a Texas native, die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and is praying for a Superbowl win in the near future.

Education

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 2005
Internship at Martin & Kielak Law Firm, Fayetteville, Arkansas

B.A., Texas Woman’s University, 2002
Government-Public Service

Associate of Arts, North Central Texas College, 1999
Criminal Justice

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice The State Bar of Texas, 2006
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Texas Bar Association
Appellate Section

Client Reviews
★★★★★
“Susan has worked tirelessly for years filing appeals on my behalf. Finally her efforts and persistence has paid off. After serving 11 and 1/2 years, I was released from Federal Prison and have been able to return to my family and help once again with raising my children [now age 16]. My family and I owe a debt of gratitude which we will never be able to repay. The love we feel for Susan is immeasurable.” Joe R.
★★★★★
“Our case was complicated and time critical. Susan took charge of the entire process, keeping us updated with texts, phone calls and emails. She worked through a Holiday weekend to make certain our case got the attention and success required to bring our loved one home. It is also very important to know that she has sophisticated research tools, which are IMPERATIVE when you have to navigate through the Appeals process.” Jack H.
★★★★★
“Susan is a thoroughly dedicated professional that has a unique empathy for cases that reveal the misapplication of justice that so often affects those with limited resources. Through her tireless efforts, one of my best friends had six years reduced from his sentence. The family and I will be forever grateful to Susan.” James P.
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