Ricardo Simmonds

Staff Attorney Ricardo Simmonds has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, both from serving as a charity regulator at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and as in-house counsel at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Ricardo’s experience has given him a unique perspective that allows him to analyze issues of nonprofit law from the viewpoint of both the nonprofit and regulator. He’s a believer in ensuring nonprofits take proactive steps to prevent snowballing problems and enjoys helping nonprofits develop and follow best practices for risk management. Ricardo provides a wide array of legal services and advice for nonprofit organizations, including legal advice on day-to-day concerns, compliance issues, and regulatory investigations.

Originally from Alabama, Ricardo now lives with his fiancé in Indianapolis. The two enjoy being outside, playing sports, and traveling.

Causes I Care About:

  • Environment
  • Foster Care Adoption
  • Immigration


  • Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama School of Law
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to the Ohio State Bar
  • B.A. in Philosophy from Auburn University