John F. Simmons

John Simmons has practiced law in Scottsbluff since being admitted to the Bar in 1972. He is a member of the Scotts Bluff County, West Nebraska, Nebraska State and American Bar Associations. His fields of special interest are litigation and workers’ compensation.

John was born in Scottsbluff. He attended the University of Nebraska, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in degree in 1969 with a major in history. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Law where he graduated fourth in a class of 129 and with distinction. He served as Student Articles Editor of the Nebraska Law Review from 1970 to 1972. He was also named to the Order of the Coif national legal honorary.

John has spoken in many seminars on topics including special proceedings and code enforcement. His published works include co-authoring a Workers’ Compensation Handbook for the Nebraska Continuing Legal Education in 1996.

After law school, John returned to Scottsbluff to practice law with his father, Robert G. Simmons, Jr., with the firm of Wright, Simmons and Selzer. In 1986, that firm merged with the firm of Raymond, Olsen and Ediger.

John and his wife, Cricket, have two grown children, Whitney and Eric, and three grandchildren. His part-time activities include vocal music, travel, reading and history.  Community organizational involvement includes:  Valley Voices; Oregon Trail Community Foundation; First United Presbyterian Church; Friends of the Midwest Theater and the Panhandle Humane Society.

Current Employment Position


Areas of Practice

Workers’ Compensation

Bar Admissions

Nebraska, 1972
U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1972


University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1972
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
: With Distinction, Order of the Coif; 4th in a class of 129
Law Review: Nebraska Law Review, Student Articles Editor, 1970 – 1972
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1969
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: With Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa; 11th in a Class of 845
Major:  History

Published Works

Co-Author, Worker’s Compensation Handbook, Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, 1996

Representative Cases

Jackson v. Branick Industries, 581 N.W.2d 53 (Neb. 1998)

Classes/Seminars Taught

Special Proceedings, University of Nebraska College of Law, 1999 – Present
Code Enforcement, NE League of Municipalities, 1997 – Present

Honors and Awards

Law Review, Student Articles Editor, 1971 – 1972
Phi Beta Kappa, National Scholastic Honorary
Boucher Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

Scotts Bluff County Bar Association, Past President
West Nebraska Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
Defense Research Institute
West Nebraska Legal Services, Board of Directors


Beta Theta Pi

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