Chilton Grace Simmons

BeaufortSpecial Counsel

Based in the Firm’s Beaufort office, Chilton has 20 years of litigation experience, and has exclusively handled medical malpractice defense for more than a decade. She defends physicians, hospitals, and other health professionals across South Carolina in cases of alleged negligence, wrongful death, medication errors, and a variety of other malpractice claims. She also represents physicians before the South Carolina Board of Medicine.

With extensive experience in court, Chilton tries on average two cases per year, which usually last between 1-3 weeks. She has argued and won several medical malpractice cases on summary judgment.  She has taken multiple cases to verdict earning her acceptance into the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), which required being voted in by both plaintiff’s and defense bar members.

Active in the community, Chilton is currently co-chairing the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Valentine Ball, to raise funds to be directed to the surgery pavilion.  She is a new member of the Board of Directors for the SC Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, in an at-large, statewide position.  Chilton also provides pro bono legal counsel for Tidal Creek Fellowship Church, where she is a member and volunteer.  In the recent past, she campaigned to help raise $200,000 for the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) and Open Arms Shelter in Beaufort.  Chilton is also a long time supporter of Beaufort Academy, where she served on the Board of Trustees, including as Board Chair, for 10 years, and of Beaufort Memorial Hospital, among other organizations.

  • South Carolina, 2000
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • Executive Committee
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (SCDTAA)
    • Board of Directors – At Large
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers

In her spare time, Chilton enjoys traveling with her family, which has morphed into college tours with her three children, reading, and listening to Podcasts when traveling the state for work.  She also has a recent penchant for learning how to dance hip hop to raise funds for CAPA.