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Bret S. Simmons
Founding Partner 

Bret began his legal career in 1995 in Bellingham as a criminal prosecutor.  He had the great fortune of meeting Eric Roy in 1997.  The two of them practiced together in the satellite office of Seattle law firm Julin Fosso before starting their own firm, Roy & Simmons, in 1999.  They remained law partners and great friends until Eric’s untimely death from brain cancer at age 52 in 2016. Bret is an experienced civil trial attorney focusing on defense of public entities, including school districts, cities, counties and non-profits.  He has tried numerous jury trials across the state and has argued multiple times in front of the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court. His mentors were his dad, a former trial attorney in Arizona (and combat Marine in Vietnam), and his former law partner, Eric Roy.  They taught him the importance of being prepared and engaging in tough advocacy while at the same time being respectful to the other lawyers and parties.  

When not practicing law, Bret enjoys spending time with his family, playing drums and recreating in the mountains, rivers and saltwater.  He was a long-time board member of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and is a founding member of the Liam Wood Fly Fishers and River Guardians.

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