Camisha L. Simmons

Camisha L. Simmons

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in New York, NY

Simmons Legal PLLC
 | 1330 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 23A
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-653-0667
Fax: 800-698-9913
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Camisha L. Simmons is the managing member and founder of Simmons Legal PLLC, a law firm dedicated to assisting creditors and other parties in protecting their interests in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, distressed debt workout, litigation and/or financing transaction. 

She founded the firm after practicing in New York and Dallas for close to 8 years as an associate attorney for the global law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice areas:  She primarily practices in the areas of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, restructuring and litigation. 

Experience:  She has extensive experience representing companies in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation and restructuring matters.

Education:  JD, magna cum laude, Texas Tech University; MBA, Texas Tech University; MEd, Counseling & Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park; BBA, Campbell University

Admissions:  She is admitted to practice before the bars of the states of Texas and New York. 

In 2018, she was named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas by the Texas Diversity Council.  In 2013, Texas Lawyer named her to its inaugural list of Legal Leaders on the Rise.  She has also been named a Texas Rising Star for three consecutive years (2014 through 2016) and a New York Metro Rising Star (2016) by SuperLawyers®, a Thomson Reuters rating service. Additionally, in 2015, the National Black Lawyers named her a “Top 40 Under 40” attorney.

In addition to practicing law, she teaches.  She serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Texas College of Law and is a frequent author and speaker on various bankruptcy, restructuring, finance and litigation topics.  She has also served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Building Trial skills course.  

She is well published (over 35 articles) in various online and print journals and is a coordinating editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, and American Bankruptcy Institute.  She serves on the Legislation Committee for the American Bankruptcy Institute and Electronic Discovery Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

From 2006-2007, Ms. Simmons was a law clerk to the Honorable Mary F. Walrath, Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

Prior to her legal career, she served on active duty in the United States Army from 1999 to 2003.

White Papers

  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring Virtual Roundtable (2017) - The Bankruptcy & Restructuring Roundtable features eight turnaround, bankruptcy and restrucutring professionals from around the world, including Simmons Legal PLLC attorney Camisha L. Simmons, Esq.   Highlighted topics include a focus on key industries facing bankruptcy & restructuring challenges such as oil and gas, the impact of ecommerce on the  retail sector, and a discussion on recent case studies such as Toys R Us and Monarch Airlines. Featured countries are: Australia, Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States

  • About Camisha Simmons

    Admitted: 2008, New York

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    • The award recognizes those women lawyers who (1) have received a high degree of peer recognition for leadership excellence and professional expertise; (2) exemplify a noteworthy commitment to fairness, equity, and justice in client representations and professional collaborations; (3) maintain a superior level of integrity and dignity across the full spectrum of legal dealings and responsibilities; and (4) demonstrate commitment to helping other women succeed., Top 50 Women Lawyers, Texas Diversity Council, 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Oil and Gas Decommissioning:  At Whose Expense?,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 4, 38-39, 99, 100, April, 2018
    • Mock Valuation Trial:  "Remember the Alamo: Shareholders vs. Hedge Funds,"  participant, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, San Antonio, Texas, October 29, 2018
    • Bankruptcy and Restructuring 2017,” participant, Corporate LiveWire Global Virtual Roundtable, November, 2017
    • “Marketing and Branding:  How to Build a Plan and Generate Leads,” panelist, University of Texas School of Law CLE Program “Managing Your Success:  Practice Management at the Next Level,” Dallas, Texas, February 9, 2018
    • "Playing Small Ball After the Big Leagues: Making the Transition From Big Law to Solo,” panelist, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, June 22, 2017
    • Offshore Oil and Gas Leases:  The Unanswered Question,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No. 9, 18-19, 77, September, 2017
    • "Ensuring Enforcement of the Eleventh-Hour Mediation Deal," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No. 2, 24-25, 67, February, 2017
    • “Purchasing Oil and Gas Assets in Bankruptcy," presenter, Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory's 9th International Energy Conference:  "Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications," Dallas, Texas, January 11, 2018
    • "Professional Development for Attorneys" Panel Presentation, 2nd Annual SWBLSA Convention, Dallas, Texas, January 11, 2018
    • "Building Trial Skills" Training, faculty member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Dallas, Texas, June 2, 2018 thru June 7, 2018

    Industry Groups

    • Energy
    • Finance
    • Life Sciences & Healthcare
    • Oil & Gas
    • Real Estate
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    Office Location for Camisha L. Simmons

    1330 Avenue of the Americas
    Suite 23A
    New York, NY 10019

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    Last Updated: 3/31/2021

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