Richard T. Simmons, Jr.

Hailey McNamara Partner


Richard T. Simmons, Jr.

Mr. Simmons is a Managing Partner in the Metairie office and has been with the firm since 1982. He previously served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's office in New Orleans from 1978 to 1982. He specializes in complex criminal and civil litigation, internal corporate investigations, professional malpractice defense and environmental law. Notable representations include: Dr. Anna Pou during the Louisiana Attorney General's investigation into patient deaths in the wake of Katrina; Walter Reed, District Attorney of St. Tammany Parish (Campaign Fund violations); James Wyllie, business partner to Governor Edwin Edwards; Jefferson Parish Councilman Robert Evans; and actor Paul Burke. Mr. Simmons provided appellate representation of Lt. William Calley in the My Lai Vietnam incident and represented Louisiana State Senator Michael O'Keefe. He was also a prosecutor in the Brilab case of United States v Carlos Marcello. He has been listed on Best Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense and Super Lawyers for over 15 years. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ (Highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards). 

For more information on his legal experience, see website:


Admissions and Affiliations

Mr. Simmons is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, all Louisiana state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Court of Military Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.


George Washington University Law School, LLM in Environmental Law, 1974

Louisiana State University Law School, JD, 1970

Louisiana State University, BA, 1967



One Galleria Boulevard Suite 1400
New Orleans, (Metairie), Louisiana 70001 USA
Telephone: (504) 836-6516
Fax: (504) 836-6565