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Amanda G. Simmons

Partner
Biography

Amanda Simmons enjoys a diverse practice which focuses on helping businesses achieve their organizational goals. She is the founder of the first formally organized and fully resourced Equine Law Group in Florida. In addition, she also practices in general business and construction litigation with an emphasis on dispute resolution. She has ample experience with commercial liability analysis and handling construction defects claims involving, for example, water intrusion, delays, and products liability (e.g. Chinese Drywall), as well as claims impacting developers and contractors arising from the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, Florida's lien laws, the Miller Act, and Florida's Condominium Act. Additionally, Ms. Simmons has extensive experience representing clients dealing with various forms of contractual breaches, Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and other torts. With respect to the "equine law" segment of her practice, Ms. Simmons has advised numerous clients in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters, whether they were involved in racing, show jumping, dressage, or other sport. As a Thoroughbred owner and breeder herself and having previously trained in the hunter/jumper and three-day eventing disciplines, Ms. Simmons has first-hand knowledge of various segments of the horse industry and is routinely asked to speak at national seminars on various issues impacting investors in the business.

Speaking Engagements

  •  76th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration, “What is the Chinese Drywall Problem all About?” - a look at health, environmental and valuation issues.
  • The Florida Bar, Animal Law Committee CLE on Equine Law, June, 2009, Orlando, Florida. Overview of Laws Impacting the Horse Business.
  • Seminole County Cooperative Extension, Sanford, Florida, February, 2009 regarding “Ethics Implications Involved in the Sale of Horses.”  February, 2009.
  • Volusia County Fair, Economic Impact of the Horse Business on Florida’s Economy, November, 2008.
  • Lorman International CLE Seminar on Construction Lien Laws, July, 2008. 
  • Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Association/The Greatest Game, Legal Issues Impacting Racehorse Ownership, February 2008 and February 2006.

Publications

  • “The Perfect Kick In The Pants,” Thoroughbred Daily News (March 26, 2014)
  • “The Jockey Club’s Inherent Power to Regulate”  - Paulick Report (April 4, 2012)
  • "Business Owners Find Often Forgotten Tool in Personal Property Liens," Daily Business Review, Board of Contributors (September 2011)
  • "Sales Ethics: It's Not All Black and White," Equestrian (May 2005)

Reported Opinions

  • Militti v. Luby, 64 So.3d 691 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011)(successful in having trial court's decision affirmed that bankrupt co-founder of the parties' LLC had ceased being a member pursuant to 608.4237, Fla. Stat.)
  • O'Keefe Architects, Inc. v. CED Construction Partners, Ltd., 944 So.2d 181 (Fla. 2006) (favorable decision for clients to have the defendant's affirmative defenses determined by arbitration)
  • Keybank USA, Nat. Ass'n v. Bergen, 949 So.2d 1071 (Fla. 5th DCA 2007) (defeated national bank's efforts to have case dismissed to Ohio)

Recognition

  • Voted as one of Orlando's "Top 40 Under 40" by the Orlando Business Journal
  • Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Association Member of the Month

Education

  • University of Kentucky, J.D., 2003
  • Oklahoma State University, B.S., cum laude, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Vice Chair (2008-2009) Equine Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida

Affiliations

  • Sponsor Member, Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association
  • Member, Florida Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association
  • Consultant and Lecturer for The Greatest Game, National Advisory Committee on Thoroughbred Investing
  • Fundraising Volunteer, The Race for Education
  • Volunteer, Orlando Chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Fundraiser/Media Liaison, High Hope Steeplechase, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Fundraiser, Lisa Merlin House, Inc.
  • Member, Women's Horse Industry Network