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Barry Thomas Simons

Barry Thomas Simons

Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Law Offices of Barry T. Simons
Laguna Beach, CA
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About Barry Thomas Simons

Attorney Biography

Barry Simons is a nationally known expert in DUI Defense who has spent the last 40 years fighting for drivers' rights in Orange County's Courts.

He is one of the Founding Members of the National College for DUI Defense and is a Fellow and on the Faculty of the College.

He is one of only 5 attorneys in the State of California to hold Board Certification in DUI Defense under the American Bar Associations Rules for Attorney Speicalization.

In 2001, he was selected to serve as Vice-Chair of the DUI Advocacy Comm. of the National Assn. of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

He is currently on the Bd. Of Directors of the California Association of DUI Lawyers and has qualified as a Specialist Member.

He is rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected to "Who's Who In American Law".

Mr. Barry Simons leads a team of four dedicated lawyers each of whom as attained a 10.0 Rating by AVVO. Every lawyer in the firm has handled thousands of DUI cases before the DMV and in Courtrooms throughout Southern California.

This team of lawyers has been together for over 15 years. There are no young associates!

In 1998 he established relaxed standards required at DMV Hearings to challenge alcohol-testing procedures in DUI Cases. (Robertson v Zolin).

In 1999 he forced the D.M.V. to announce that they would cancel 4,700 drunk driving suspensions after exposing the OC Crime Lab's use of unapproved breath testing machines (Trautman v DMV).

In 2002 he exposed the O.C. Crime Lab's use of unapproved Blood Testing methods between 1996 - 2002 (Bite v Gourley) invalidating blood test suspensions for all of his clients during that entire period.

He followed in 2003 with Baker v Gourley which established the rule that DMV can't rely on police opinions of intoxication to suspend drivers' licenses.

His class action suit against the entire Irvine Police Department for failing to give DUI arrestees a choice between blood/breath and urine tests resulted in the decision in Nelson v. City of Irvine in the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In that case he established for the first time that an arrestee has a constitutional right to choose a breath test and that the police cannot compel a blood test from a driver who wants a breath test, except under unusual circumstances. He recently co-authored an Amicus Curiae Brief for the United States Supreme Court in the case of Illinois v. Lidster challenging police use of "Roadblocks".

Dean, National College For DUI Defense 2007-2008Selected as a "Superlawyer" for Southern California 2007-2015

Kuwatch Award Recipient 2012

Board Certified in DUI Defense

Specialist Member of CDLA

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (50%)
DUI / DWI (50%)

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Bar Licenses

California State Bar
Member in Good Standing


New York Law School
New York Law School

Specialty Certifications

National College for DUI Defense
Board Certified Specialist
DUI Defense Law
National College for DUI Defense


National College for DUI Defense
Founding Member,
National College for DUI Defense

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

California DUI Lawyers Association
California DUI Lawyers Association

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Contact Barry Thomas Simons

Barry Thomas Simons
Law Offices of Barry T. Simons
260 St Ann's Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Office: 949-497-1729
Fax: 949-497-3971

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Bar License Information

California Bar Membership -

Barry Thomas Simons - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Barry Thomas Simons on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.

Specialty Certification Information

DUI Defense Law Certification -

NCDD Board Certification in DUI Defense Law - The NCDD is the only organization in the country that is recognized by the ABA to grant specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law.

Nonprofit Organizations

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice -

CACJ works to preserve due process and defend the rights of the accused while providing quality continuing legal education courses to criminal defense lawyers in the State of California.

National College for DUI Defense, Inc. -

The NCDD is the largest non-profit, professional organization of criminal defense attorneys focused specifically on defending DUI / DWI and drunk driving related criminal charges throughout the United States and Canada.

California DUI Lawyers Association -

CDLA works to promote a fair criminal justice system and protect the rights of the accused while providing support and education to lawyers focused on DUI defense in California.