Camisha L. Simmons is the Founder and Managing Member of Simmons Legal. She assists clients with their litigation, bankruptcy, restructuring and business transactions needs.
In 2018, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas by the Texas Diversity Council. In 2013, Texas Lawyer named Camisha to its inaugural list of Legal Leaders on the Rise. The recognition honors Texas' 25 most promising lawyers under the age of 40 whose accomplishments distinguish them from their peers. She has also been named a Texas Rising Star and New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters rating service, and a “Top 40 Under 40” attorney by the National Black Lawyers.
After graduating from law school, Camisha was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Mary F. Walrath, Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Chief Judge from 2003-2008).
She stays abreast of current developments in the law by frequently writing and speaking on topics related to her primary areas of practice. She has published numerous articles in various online and print journals. She has served as a contributing writer for the American Lawyer Media online news service Law.com and currently serves as a coordinating editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal.
Camisha is a graduate of the intensive eight-day National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) trial skills training program and has served as a faculty member of NITA's Building Trial Skills training. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Texas College of Law.
Prior to her legal career, she served on active duty in the United States Army as a personnel services soldier from 1999 to 2003.
2006 - JD, magna cum laude, Texas Tech University
2006 - MBA, Texas Tech University
2003 - MEd, Counseling & Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park
2000 - BBA, Campbell University
While attending law school, Camisha was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review and Phi Delta Phi. She received the Regents Scholarship, amongst other scholarships, was awarded the Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy by the American Bankruptcy Institute, and was inducted into the national honorary Order of Barristers.
State Bar and Court Admissions
She is admitted to practice before the bars of the states of Texas and New York and the following federal courts: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Represent creditors in various chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings
Representation of 13 oil and gas service companies (creditors) in Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation bankruptcy pending in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
In 2015, successfully defended a $1.5 billion company in a preferential transfer avoidance action brought by the Liquidating Trustee in Exide Technologies bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
Creditor's counsel to large telecommunications company in chapter 11 proceeding of wireless communications company
"Recapping 2018: Highlights of the Year’s Legislative Developments," American Bankruptcy Institute, Legislation Committee Newsletter, February 2019
"Is That Exploration and Production Lease Really a Lease?," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 12, 50-51, 82, December 2018
"Privacy Law Compliance in Bankruptcy: The EU's New GDPR," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 10, 18-19, 69-70, October 2018
"Chapter 14 Bankruptcy Gaining Momentum," American Bankruptcy Institute, Legislation Committee Newsletter, June 2018
“Oil and Gas Decommissioning: At Whose Expense?,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 4, 38-39, 99, 100, April 2018
“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
"Codification of Oil and Gas Lien Claimants' Preference Defense," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 9, 16, 61-62, September 2016
"Delaware Bankruptcy Court Continues Crack Down on Deficient Preference Action Complaints,'" Law.com, February 24, 2016
Contributor, The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, 6th Ed., American Bar Association (2015)
"Oil and Gas Royalty Disputes," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 12, 40-41, 63, December 2015
“No Stay of Termination Without Legislation: Investors Oppose Proposed ISDA Stay Protocol Regarding Derivatives Contracts,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Legislation Committee Newsletter, November 2015
Co-author, "New Trust Protects Fiduciaries of Distressed Companies," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 11, 24-25, 61-62, November 2015
“Lenders and Directors Beware of the Dead-Hand Proxy Put,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 9, at 20-21, 73-74, September 2015
"Marijuana Businesses Not Eligible for Bankruptcy Protection in Mountain 'High' State,'" Law.com, August 25, 2015
"In Trump Entertainment Resorts Bankruptcy, Court Rules Federal Labor Law 'Trumps' Bankruptcy Stay," Law.com, July 30, 2015
"Termination of Oil and Gas Leases for Failure to ‘Produce’," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 7, at 34-35, 85, July 2015
“Rejection of Oil and Gas Leases May Prove Futile,” Law360, May 14, 2015
Speeches, Presentations and Teaching
Civic and Community Involvement
Camisha L. Simmons
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Her motto in life is encapsulated in the phrase “Rock Steady,” a phrase often chanted by military service members. That is, no matter what life throws your way, you should put one foot in front of the other, keep moving forward and rock steady.