Dearborn & Ewing Founding Partner Dies

Martin Ernest Simmons died Feb. 12 at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer. A Mississippi native, Simmons earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University where he held leadership roles in a number of student organizations, including ROTC. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and served two years in the military before joining the legal department of Life & Casualty Insurance Company in Nashville. Simmons later was a founding partner of the Dearborn & Ewing law firm and helped form the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd LLC in 2001. Visitation was held Saturday, with funeral services following. The family has asked that memorials be made to Nashville Symphony Association, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Ingram Cancer Center, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Franklin or Alive Hospice.