Department 6 - Honorable Lynne K. Simons


Background, court service and education

Judge Lynne K. Simons is deeply honored the citizens of Washoe County elected her to the Second Judicial District Court as District Judge, Department 6, in November 2014. She acceded to the judgeship in January 2015. In addition to her duties as a general jurisdiction District Judge, Judge Simons was designated by Chief Judge Scott Freeman to serve as Vice Chief of the Court for the past four (4) years.

Judge Simons also currently serves as the Specialty Court Liaison, presiding Business Court Judge, and alternate Probate and MAT Court Judge. She previously served as the Presiding Alternative Dispute Resolution Judge. Judge Simons serves or has served on the Court's Budget, Statistics, Legislative, Security, Rules, and Civil Bench Bar Committees as well as the State Court Statistics and State Legislative Committees. She previously served on the Nevada District Judges Association ("NDJA") Education Committee and is currently Treasurer of the NDJA. Additionally, Judge Simons is the Vice Chair of the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Judge Simons is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Trial Advocacy Skills Professional Training Program. She has also served as Faculty Judge for the TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy for the past four (4) years.

Judge Simons is a graduate of Washoe County public schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Organizational Behavior from Stanford University (1983) and her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law (1986).

Professional experience

Judge Simons was admitted to practice in Nevada in 1986 and California in 1987. After law school, Judge Simons served as law clerk to Judge Robert L. Schouweiler of the Second Judicial District Court. Thereafter, she joined Woodburn and Wedge, a Reno law firm and the oldest firm in Nevada, where she worked for 17 years, culminating as a full shareholder and member of the firm's governing board of directors.

At Woodburn and Wedge, Judge Simons practiced in all areas of complex civil, business and probate/trust litigation. Judge Simons' trial practice included Nevada and California state and federal courts. She also practiced before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2004, then Chief Judge James W. Hardesty of the Second Judicial District Court appointed Judge Simons as Probate Commissioner/Court Master. Over the next three years, Judge Simons presided over uncontested and contested probate and trust matters, including conducting numerous evidentiary hearings and extensive settlement conferences.

From 2009 to 2014, Judge Simons worked as a solo practitioner specializing in mediation and serving as a receiver, consultant and expert witness in probate and trust matters. She also continued to serve as a special master for the Second Judicial District Court.

In 2014, Judge Simons returned to Woodburn and Wedge practicing business and general civil litigation and serving as a private mediator.

Professional and community involvement

Throughout her career, Judge Simons has actively participated in the legal community. She is currently a member of the Washoe County Bar Association, the Nevada State Bar Association, and the California State Bar Association; the Washoe County Probate Bar Association; the American Bar Association - Judiciary Branch; the National Institute of Trial Advocacy; and the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association.

Judge Simons is deeply passionate about serving the citizens of Washoe County. Since the early days of her career, she has served on boards of and volunteered for numerous community organizations including the Washoe County Law Library Board of Trustees, the National Judicial College, among others. She currently volunteers for the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement's We the People - The Citizen and the Constitution high school competition, serving as a regional, state and national judge.

Judge Simons is committed to the Second Judicial District Court's mission to provide timely, fair and efficient administration of justice under the law, in a manner that instills and sustains the public's confidence in the judicial system. She will consistently strive to serve with judicial intellect, compassion, and in a manner that allows dignity to all who appear before her.


Judge Simons is married to Mark, a founder and principal of SIMONS HALL JOHNSTON, PC, and they have four children.