Real Estate Mediation Center

William Simmons, J.D.


William Simmons, J.D.

6363 Cardeno Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 456-2439
Fax: (858) 456-3813

Education And Licenses

B.A. (music), Grinnell College, 1958

Later courses in engineering, chemistry, electronics

J.D., Hastings College of the Law, 1964 (concentrating in real estate)
Admitted State Bar, 1965
Admitted Supreme Court of United States, 1971
California Real Estate Broker’s License, 1978

Real Estate Experience

Broker/owner of the 10th largest (80 agents +) real estate company in metropolitian San Diego when he sold it in 2003 (RE/MAX RB).
Owner of escrow company (1988-2010; DOC licensed 1998-2010).
Leader for over 25 years at the San Diego Association of REALTORs in its legal affairs:
Risk Management Committee (1991-present; founding chair in 1991-92) (committee develops and publishes real estate forms; conducts seminars for brokers and agents)
Professional Standards Committee (1989-2007; chair in 1994) (arbitrator for broker-client and broker vs. broker disputes)
Mediation Committee (1995-present; chair 1998 and 2008)

Current Real Estate And Bar Activities

Practicing attorney: advising business people, buyers and sellers, and brokers with transactional problems
Consultant & expert witness, real estate broker standard of care

San Diego Superior Court Mediation Panel (business disputes)
Real Estate Mediation Center
National Conflict Resolution Center, Real Estate Mediation Panel

Member, S.D.A.R (San Diego), C.A.R. (California), & National Associations of REALTORS
Lecturer on various real estate legal topics
Member, C.A.R.’s Legal Affairs Forum (1996-present)
Member, State, San Diego and La Jolla Bar Associations

Prior Real Estate Activities

President of S.D.A.R. (1997)
S.D.A.R. Board of Directors (1993-1998)
Chair, S.D.A.R. “RESPA” Task Force
Member, C.A.R. Standard Forms, Professional Standards, and Legislative Committees
Member, other S.D.A.R. committees not listed above: By-Laws, Structural Review Task Force, Nominating, Equal Opportunity
Escondido Association of REALTORS


Real Estate

The Soledad Mountain Road Slide Disaster and You (re: NHD reports), S.D.A.R. REALTOR magazine, Nov/Dec 2007
NHD Companies are Not All the Same, S.D.A.R. REALTOR magazine, July 2005
Out of the Darkness: New Guidelines for Resolving Commission Disputes, S.D.A.R. REALTOR magazine, Jan./Feb. 2002
Procuring Cause Guidelines (co-author) (2001), California Association of REALTORS (changing the way broker commission disputes are handled throughout the U.S.)
The New Purchase Contract – Confusion in Escrow Land, S.D.A.R. REALTOR magazine, July 2000
Will Paragraph 10 Keep You Out of Court? S.D.A.R. REALTOR magazine, April 1995
Risk Management, C.A.R.’s Real Estate magazine, Oct. 1993 (Cover Story)
Commissionectomies (Negotiating Brokers’ Commissions), S.D.A.R. REALTOR magazine, Feb. 1992
Purchase Contract Addendum, S.D.A.R. REALTOR magazine, Nov. 1992


Managing Editor, Hastings Law Journal (1963-1964)
Some Income Tax Consequences of Condominium, 14 Hastings L.J. 270 (1963)
A Many Layered Wonder: Non-vehicular Air Pollution Control Law in California, 26 Hastings L.J., 109 (1974)
Is It Time for the Counties to Give Up Air Pollution Control? California Journal (March, 1978)

Other Activities

Volunteer, San Diego Hospice (current)
Board member and president various homeowner associations (current and past)
Member, Board of Directors, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (1999-2010)

President (2002-2004)

Consultant, Air Pollution Control (1978-1985)

Clients: California Legislature; State of Victoria, Australia; South Coast Air
Quality Management District (Los Angeles); S.D.G.& E.; KELCO; SONY
Other San Diego and Los Angeles businesses

Air Pollution Control Administrator
Air Pollution Control Officer, San Diego County (1975-1978)
State Air Resources Board (1970-1975) – Executive Officer (1974-75); appointed by both the Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown Administrations – set smog standards for vehicles; supervised local air pollution control agencies; administered 20 million dollar state agency budget

Private Law Practice, including construction litigation, in small and medium law firms
Montgomery Street, San Francisco (1965-1970)
Law Clerk, California Court of Appeal, 1st District (1964-1965)
Electronics Instructor, U.S. Army (1959-1960)
Rancho Bernardo Community Library Association, Inc., Board of Directors 1991-94
(constructing a new public library in Rancho Bernardo with grants and private donations)
Coach, various girls sports teams
President, Rancho Bernardo Tennis Club

Personal Information

Married: Georgiana D. Simmons
Born: Centerville, Iowa, 1936
Three daughters:
Martha, Ph.D., M.D., University of Iowa
Margaret, leader of writing workshops; social worker, U.S.A. and Europe
Elizabeth, legal editor, Nolo Press