Kristen E. Simmons

Kristen is a founding partner of Simmons Freeman/NV Trust Lawyers.  For more than 17 years, she has been counseling clients in the areas of estate planning and asset protection planning.  Kristen is well respected in the estate planning community and was recently named as 2021’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Tax Law by The Best Lawyers in America®.  While she enjoys designing an estate plan to meet a client’s tax and asset protection objectives, her favorite part of her practice is being a trusted advisor to multiple generations of families.


Awards, Recognition, Certifications

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts & Estates and Tax Law

  • Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS), a certification by the Estate law Specialist Board, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils  

  • Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®), designation by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils  

  • AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell   

  • Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate – 2016-Present, Mountain States Super Lawyers

  • Rising Star in Tax and in Estate Planning and Probate – 2008-2015, Mountain States Super Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada Bar, 2004

  • Florida Bar, 2005

Professional Involvement

  • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council (Past President)

  • Nevada Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board

  • Legislative Committee – Probate and Trust Section of the Nevada Bar

  • Speaker, AICPA – Advanced Estate Planning Conference


  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2004

    • Estates and Trusts Practice Certificate

    • Pro Bono Certificate for work in probate court 

    • President – Estates, Trust and Elder Law Society

    • Clerk – Honorable Judge Stephan Mickle of the U.S. District Court, Northern Jurisdiction

  • University of Florida, B.A in English, minor in Business Administration, cum laude, 2001 

    • Phi Beta Kappa

    • Fighting Gator Marching Band