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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. John is of counsel with the firm and completed his Ph.D.


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


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 Circuit, 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


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

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