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Biography

Background 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 serves as Presiding Judge for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and as an alternate Probate Judge. Judge Simons serves on the Court's Budget, Security, Statistics, Legislative and Rules Committees as well as State Court Statistics and District Court Judges Education Committees. Additionally, Judge Simons chairs the Civil Bench Bar Committee.

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). Judge Simons is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Trial Advocacy Skills Professional Training Program (1989).

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 leading 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 extensively 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, 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 as well as an extensive number of settlement conferences.

From 2009 to 2014, Judge Simons worked as a solo practitioner specializing in mediation and serving as a receiver and 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, continuing her private mediation and business and general civil litigation practice.

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. Organizations with which Judge Simons is currently involved, or with which she has been involved in the past, include the Washoe County Law Library Board of Trustees, Brookfield School PTA, Nevada Women's Fund, the National Judicial College, Step 2 and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

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 consistently strives to serve with judicial intellect, compassion, and in a manner that allows dignity to all who appear before her.

Personal

Judge Simons is married to Mark, a partner in a Reno law firm, and they have four children.