Gary C. Simons

Gary C. Simons has practiced with the Law Firm since his graduation from the University Of Florida College Of Law in 1967. During that time he has held a number of positions of distinction and has had a broad range of experience as a lawyer. He served as the Assistant Public Defender during the early years of his practice and was responsible for all felony cases assigned to the Public Defender in Marion County Florida. He has also had substantial experience in the private arena as a Criminal Defense Attorney. Mr. Simons served as General Counsel to Central Florida Community College for 17 years and was the School Board Attorney in Marion County, Florida for 6 years. He served as General Counsel for Munroe Regional Medical Center, the community's largest medical facility, from 1987 to 2007. His practice concentrates on all areas of health law, corporate and transactional law including real estate and estate planning.

Mr. Simons has been active in his community serving on numerous boards of civic associations. He is a member of Grace Episcopal Church. He has served on several committees of the Marion County Bar Association and The Florida Bar. He and his wife, Eleanor, married in 1965, and they have two sons. Todd has a Ph.D. in engineering and John is a lawyer with the Firm.

  • Partner
  • Areas of Practice:
    • Estate Planning
    • Wills and Trusts
    • Corporate and Transactional Law
    • Real Property Law
    • Health Care Law
  • Admitted to Practice:
    • Florida, 1967
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1968
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1976
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
    • U.S. Court of Appeals I I th Circuit, 1981
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1981
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1981
  • Education:
    • Juris Doctor, University of Florida College of Law, 1967
      • Legal Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi
    • Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida, 1964
      • Fraternity: Chi Phi
  • Professional Associations & Memberships:
    • The Florida Bar, 1967-present
      • Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, 1972-1976
    • Fifth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 1974-1977
      • Chairman, 1976-1977
    • Judicial Nominating Commission, Fifth Judicial Court, 1978-1982
      • Probate and Guardianship Rules Committee, 1986-1989
      • Fifth Judicial Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, 1998-2001
    • Marion County Bar Association, 1967-present
      • President, 1971
    • Marion County Law Library Board of Trustees, 1976-1979
    • American Bar Association
    • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
    • Attorneys Title Insurance Fund, Inc.
    • D.R. Smith American Inn of Court, 1996-1999
      • Charter Member/Master
    • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Florida Hospital Association
    • Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Positions:
    • Central Florida Community College, Board of Trustees, Attorney, 1971-1988
    • Marion County School Board, Attorney, 1978-1984
    • Marion County Hospital District, Attorney, 1987-1991
    • Munroe Regional Health System, Inc. d/b/a Munroe Regional Medical Center, General Counsel, 1987-2007
  • Service to the Community:
    • Ocala Lions Club, 1967-1982
      • Lion of the Year Award, 1970-1971
      • President, 1974-1975
    • Ocala Rotary Club, 1988-Present
      • Board of Directors, 1991-1995
      • President, 2007-2008
    • St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
      • Vestry, 1976-1979 and 1985-1988
      • Senior Warden, 1978-1979
    • Grace Episcopal Church
      • Vestry, 1993-1996; ; 2004-2007
      • Senior Warden, 1995
    • Grace Episcopal School Board, 1972-1976 and 1991-1995
    • Time for Freedom, Inc. Board of Directors, 1987-1995
    • Silver River Mentoring & Instruction, Inc. Board of Directors, 2000-Present
  • Born: May 15, 1942, Salamanca, New York