Naturally drawn to the issues facing agricultural business
Amber Simmons has lived, studied and supported agriculture her whole life. Coming from a family with deep roots in the Santa Maria Valley farming community, Amber was naturally drawn to the issues facing agricultural business in particular. This interest led her to pursue a degree from Cal Poly in agricultural business and enhance her legal education with experience working in various internships that exposed her to the legislative and regulatory enforcement side of agriculture. Amber is just as comfortable advocating for clients in the courtroom or hallways of Capitol Hill as she is walking through farm fields and pastures. This blend of education, experience and background makes Amber a real asset to the businesses of the Central Coast.
Amber Simmons is an associate, concentrating on the legal needs of the firm’s agriculture and business clients. Amber was born and raised in Santa Maria, California, and attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. Amber attended the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific and obtained her law degree. Throughout college and law school, Amber gained valuable insight into the world of regulation and oversight of agricultural business, working as a Senate Fellow through the CSUS Capital Fellows Program, as a Legislative Intern for Congressman Jeff Denham and as a law clerk in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U. S. Department of Justice. After a brief stint with several local political campaigns in the Fall of 2012, Amber started with Andre, Morris & Buttery in March 2013.
Amber is admitted to practice in all of the courts of the State of California, United States District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California, and is a member of the Northern Santa Barbara County Bar Association, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, SLO Women’s Lawyers, and the American Bar Association.
Amber is very involved in supporting both her hometown Santa Maria and that of her alma mater, San Luis Obispo, particularly with regard to the needs of the local agricultural businesses. She is a member of the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County Farm Bureaus and the Santa Maria Valley Chapter of California Women for Agriculture. Amber has previously advanced to the “Elite Eight” of the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Rancher’s Discussion Meet, as well as co-announced the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Parade.