Gracella Simmons

Gracella Simmons

About Gracella

Gracella Simmons has been an insurance defense attorney for forty years and has now joined Clayton, Fruge and Ward in October 2018 to begin a plaintiff practice. She has represented hundreds of clients in her practice involving car accidents, premises liability, commercial liability, professional liability to include attorneys and health care providers, and successions. She is also a mediator.

Gracella has been very active in the legal community. She has been a mediator lecturer at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and Southern University Law School; served on the national board of directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has also served as President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana chapter of ABOTA; served as  a delegate to the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) House of Delegates; served as a member of LSBA Special Committee on Legal Malpractice; served as a member of the Louisiana Law Institute Expedited Jury Trial Committee; served on the Investiture Committee for Judge John deGravelles; served as judge ad hoc-Baton Rouge City Court; and served on the board of directors of Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.

Gracella currently serves on Senator Bill Cassidy’s Committee to interview candidates for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, Middle District Judge, U.S. Marshall and U.S. Attorney and as an arbitrator in fee dispute cases for the LSBA.

Gracella also has been active in her community having served on the board of directors of Hospice of Baton Rouge; YelpBR!; Opera Louisiane; Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Baton Rouge Symphony and Louisiana State University Museum of Art. She founded the Spirit of Christmas, an organization which hosted Christmas parties at nursing homes and hospitals. She currently serves on the board of directors of Friends of the Animals.

Contact Information
Location: Port Allen, Louisiana
Local: 225.344.7000
Fax: 225.383.7631
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