Will Simmerson

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Will Simmerson
Occupation Associate General Counsel
Employer Commodity Markets Council

Will Simmerson is associate general counsel at the Commodity Markets Council. He joined the CMC in that role in June of 2017. He previously worked in a number of Washington, D.C-based organizations both before and during law school.


Before attending law school, Simmerson worked for more than two years as a paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section. As a paralegal, he assisted DOJ prosecutors and Assistant U.S. Attorneys in prosecuting multimillion dollar FCPA and securities criminal fraud cases.

After his first year of law school, he participated in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Student Honors Law Clerk Program in its Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. In conjunction with this internship, he received the A. Paul Knight Internship Program Award from Washington and Lee School of Law. During his second summer of law school, he worked as a legal intern for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Office of General Counsel, where he helped provide assistance to local, state, and federal prosecutors targeting financial fraud crimes and violations of SEC regulations.

In his final year of law school, Simmerson interned in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations (FERC), where he helped attorneys respond to alleged cases of electric and natural gas energy market manipulation and helped investigate potential tariff violations.


Simmerson received his Bachelor of Science in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a double major in Political Science and American History. He received his Juris Doctor in 2017 from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as a lead articles editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review.