Rebecca Simmons is a fifth generation Texan and a third generation attorney. She has the judicial and legal experience necessary for the Fourth Court of Appeals and the temperament and work ethic to make the court efficient and responsive to the people it serves.
After twenty years in private practice, she was appointed and then elected District Judge of the 408th District Court in Bexar County. In May 2005, she was appointed and then elected to serve as a Justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio. In 2006 she was specially commissioned to hear a case as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court. Since returning to private practice in 2013, Rebecca continues to sit as a visiting judge at both the trial and appellate court levels across the State.
Rebecca’s broad legal experience provides unique insight into the types of cases that go before the Fourth Court of Appeals. For over 20 years, Rebecca has served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Law School. Before serving on the district court, she practiced at Cox & Smith, Inc. and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in San Antonio, where she specialized in complex litigation. She has served as Associate General Counsel for Acelity, LLP, a worldwide wound care company, overseeing a broad range of litigation. In addition to her judicial duties, Rebecca provides arbitration and mediation services through her firm RebeccaSimmonsPLLC. Rebecca is a noted author and speaker on a variety of legal topics including technology and appellate and trial practice.
Rebecca is active in her service to the community. She is Chair of the Judicial Committee on Information Technology, which advises the Texas Supreme Court on technology issues including access to court records. She serves as a Director of the State Bar of Texas, a Litigation Section Council member, and a member of the Court Rules Committee. Rebecca belongs to Our Lady of Grace parish where she serves on the Evangelization and Parish Outreach Committees and has taught sixth grade students about the Old Testament for over 20 years.
Rebecca is a graduate of Baylor University School of Law where she served as a notes and comments editor for the Baylor Law Review. After law school, she served as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court. A recipient of an International Rotary Fellowship, Rebecca continued her legal studies at Durham University in England prior to settling in San Antonio.
Selected Awards and Accomplishments
• Recipient of a State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation for contributions to the State Bar
• Former Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation that provides over $500,000 a year in grants for legal services and education
• 2014 Recipient of the Lee Cusenbary Ethical Life Award from the South/Central Texas Association of Corporate Counsel
• Recipient of the Lumen Gentium Award for exemplary service by the Archdiocese of San Antonio
• Honorary Young Lawyer Award, San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
• Justice Award, The Institute of Interfaith Dialogue
• Former President of the San Antonio Bar Association
• Former President of the William S. Sessions American Inns of Court
• Former President of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association
• Trustee, Austin College Board of Trustees