• Title Insurance Litigation
    • Insurance Defense Litigation
    • Insurance Law
    • Real Estate Litigation
    • General Business Litigation
    • Property, Real Estate, and Business Transactions


    • Founding member and prior President of New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
    • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • Law clerk for the Honorable William R. Hendley
    • New Mexico Court of Appeals
    • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
    • State Bar of New Mexico
    • American Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Rancho de Las Golondrinas
      • Board of Directors
    • Licensed to practice in New Mexico and California
    • Fluent in Spanish

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.