6500 Cherrywood Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Judge Simms is a graduate of Swarthmore College (1987) and the George Washington University Law School (1992). Upon graduation from law school, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Curtis E. von Kann in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Upon completing her clerkship, Judge Simms worked as an Associate at the Robinson Law Firm in Washington, D.C. Between 1994-2011, she served first as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, and then later as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland. While working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C., she served as an Associate Independent Counsel and as part of a team investigating a former U.S. Secretary of Labor. Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, she was detailed to the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Counsel in the Investigations and Review Unit where she investigated oil and gas companies engaged in offshore oil production. From 2011 until her appointment, she was in private practice, first as a Partner at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, PC and then as a Shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz., PC. While in private practice, she focused on white collar criminal and civil defense, internal investigations, and corporate compliance issues.