|Associate of Crane, Poole, & Schmidt</center>|
|Created by||David E. Kelley|
|Appeared on:||Boston Legal|
|First episode |
|New Kids on the Block"|
|Episodes appeared in:||22 episodes|
|Character played by:||Constance Zimmer|
She first appears with Jeffrey Coho in the second episode of season 3, "New Kids on the Block", as transfers to Crane, Poole, & Schmidt, Boston firm. Although Claire was only meant to guest star in the show for season 3, she joined the regular cast in the eighth episode of season 3, "Lincoln."
Simms is an enigmatic woman, but describes herself as, simply, a "tough New York broad". She finds most of the men at Crane, Poole, & Schmidt "icky", but she flirted with Dr. Zachary Simon in the Scott Little case during a multi-episode arc, in which Little is on trial for murder.
She finds Denny Crane repulsive, having been groped by him seconds after she arrived at Crane, Poole, & Schmidt (after which she said, "Jeffrey, the gross man is fondling me."). She took the transfer from the New York office with Coho against her better judgment. Despite her abrasive behavior and penchant for the word "ick" to display her displeasure, she showed a softer side when cross-examining a cross-dressing man, Clarence Bell, in a discrimination case. Clarence is now her boyfriend. He used to be her secretary, but after they became "exclusive", Clarence asked to be reassigned and is now Alan Shore's secretary.
Claire also has the habit of wearing a New York Yankees hat around the city of Boston.