A proud member of Oklahoma’s premier full-service law firm, Riggs Abney, Damario is one of the most powerful champions of justice, equality, and opportunity in the nation.  Since, 2004 the Damario has serviced the legal needs of clients in a variety of areas, but with special emphasis on Civil Rights, Sports and Entertainment, Government and Community Relations, Business Transactions, and General Litigation. Damario has been lead counsel over 100 dispositive trials, hearings, meditations, and arbitrations and legal transactions.

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Oftentimes the advocate for the underdog, Damario has taken on several battles on behalf of the poor, powerless, or disenfranchised against some of the largest entities in our nation.   For example, he was lead counsel in highly publicized Johnson & Graham v. Muscogee (Creek) Nation case regarding the citizenship rights of Black Creek Freedmen.   He was also a  member of the legal team that included famed attorneys and scholars  Johnnie Cochrane, Dr. John Hope Franklin, and Harvard University’s Charles J. Ogletree who fought to obtain reparations for the survivors of America’s worst racial disturbance: the so-called 1921 Tulsa Race Riots in Alexander v. State of Oklahoma et. al.  Solomon-Simmons’ work on the 1921 case earned him an invite to testify before the congressional Black Caucus and he helped present the case to the International Court of the Americas.

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In his capacity as a  lobbyist, Damario has spent several years drafting official position papers, attending hearings and meetings with elected officials, and organizing and hosting community meetings all in an effort to pass legislation that improved the lives of everyday people.  Most significantly, in 2006, he was instrumental in the passage of Oklahoma HB 1245 which required Oklahoma schools vending machines replace beverages and snacks with no or low nutritional value with snacks that meet the standards as established by the USDA.

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Damario has provided services that benefited professional, collegiate, high school and Olympic athletes. Damario has overseen the negotiation of millions of dollars of player and endorsement contracts, organized and managed athletes’ businesses and business legal structures, and represented players regarding NFLPA, NCAA, and local high school rules and regulations, including five NFL & NBA 1st round draft picks.  He has also developed successful relationships with national corporations and organizations, like the National Football Players Association, Williams Cos., NIKE, and The Salvation Army.

If you have a legal matter that you would like to speak with Damario about, please contact him at dsimmons@riggsabney.com  or  call 918-587-3161.