Tom is a Santa Fe attorney who has tried cases in all parts of New Mexico since graduating from University of
California, Berkley (Boalt Hall, J.D. 1973). Prior to entering law school, Tom was a Rotary Club Scholar
living in Caracas, Venezuela. Today, Tom is renowned for his love of the law, his passion for language and
his tremendous success as a litigator. Tom’s straightforward style and assertive litigation skills have earned
him a reputation as one of New Mexico’s top litigators.
Tom specializes in civil jury trial practice in many areas of the law, including commercial litigation, title
insurance defense, real estate litigation, general insurance defense and construction related litigation.
Prior to founding the firm of Simons Cuddy & Friedman in 1979, Tom clerked for the Honorable William R. Hendley,
New Mexico Court of Appeals, was general counsel for the New Mexico State Department of Education, and was
a partner at Sommer, Lawler, Scheuer & Simons. In 2000, Tom left Simons, Cuddy & Friedman and went on to
establish The Simons Firm, LLP, where he now practices.
In addition to his avid pursuit of the law, Tom is a passionate mountaineer, trail runner, horseman, fly fisherman
and woodworker, with pieces featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine. Tom and his wife Susan live on a horse
ranch in La Cienega, just south of Santa Fe, near their three children and eight grandchildren.