Joshua B. Simmons

  • Lecturer

Josh Simmons serves as senior advisor in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as an attorney-adviser in this office, where he managed claims by U.S. nationals against foreign governments and supported the negotiation of a landmark Holocaust compensation agreement between the United States and France. Simmons has also practiced international arbitration and litigation at Covington & Burling and Three Crowns in Washington, D.C.

Simmons has represented clients in treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings around the world, including multibillion dollar expropriation claims against Venezuela. His publications include “Valuation In Investor-State Arbitration: Toward A More Exact Science,” 30 Berkeley J. Int’l Law. 196 (2012).

Simmons graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina, with degrees in economics and political science. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a Dillard Teaching Fellow and member of the Virginia Law Review.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    University of North Carolina

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