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Sims is known by his colleagues and clients as an aggressive trial attorney who has litigated a wide variety of claims in state and federal courts.  He has over a decade of experience litigating professional negligence (medical malpractice and legal malpractice), product liability, and catastrophic injury cases in both state and federal courts.  His medical malpractice cases include birth trauma, delayed diagnosis, and surgical error matters.  Sims co-tried his first legal malpractice matter shortly after he obtained his license and has since handled all stripes of legal malpractice matters along with legal-ethical issues and fee disputes.  Sims’s product liability experience ranges from medical devices and consumer products to pharmaceutical mass torts (he is currently handling Xarelto and Zofran matters). 


 


Sims is a former chair of WSBA Character and Fitness Board, the WSBA Lawyers Fund for Client Protection Board, and the WSBA Professionalism Committee. Sims is a writer and frequent lecturer on topics such as litigation and trial technique, medical and legal malpractice, product liability, and ethics in civil litigation. His current work includes a chapter in the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) Product Liability Deskbook and a forthcoming chapter in the WSAJ Medical Malpractice Deskbook. Sims has also returned to U.W. Law as an adjunct faculty member, teaching practical trial advocacy to law students.  He is listed as  a “Super Lawyer” by SuperLawyers.com and has a 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo.com.


 


Sims lives in West Seattle with his wife and their two boys. When he is not practicing law, he can be found coaching T-ball or stream side, casting flies to reluctant trout.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Ethics: 30%
  2. Defective Products: 25%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-400/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Hans P Juhl

    Sims is among the most high-character individuals that I have ever been acquainted with. I associated Sims on a personal injury matter that had some very serious liability challenges. Sims worked tirelessly to develop the case with me in an extremely compressed time period and brought his years of experience to bear on the case, securing a verdict for our client that would have been impossible without his skill and natural rhetorical ability. Most of all, his understated confidence carried our client through an extremely stressful two week jury trial during which many clients would have lost faith. Associating Sims was a turning point in the case and also resulted in one of the most enjoyable experiences that I have had, personally, trying a case with co-counsel. I strongly recommend Sims and will continue to refer case to him with confidence.

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    Hans Juhl Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Emily Grace Thomas

    I have worked with Sims on several birth injury matters. I am always happy to recommend him to families seeking counsel in medical malpractice cases. In addition to his experience and thorough knowledge of the law and medicine, he truly cares about his clients. He is a zealous advocate, and is dedicated to achieving the best possible results for injured children and their families.

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    Emily Thomas Birth injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Schroeter Goldmark & Bender

810 Third Ave., Suite 500
Seattle, WA, 98104

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200208/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2005
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2004
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2003
Invited MemberNational Order of the Barristers2002
Outstanding AdvocateTYLA Regional Mock Trial Competition2002
FinalistU.W. Law School Mock Trial Competition2001
Finalist U.W. Law School First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition2000
Diamond-Storing Memorial Prize in American PoliticsKenyon College, Department of Political Science1996
Hoag Sportsmanship AwardKenyon College, Football Team1995
Four Year Letter WinnerKenyon College, Football Team1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and ShareholderSchroeter Goldmark & Bender, PS2015 - Present
Adjunct FacultyUniversity Of Washington School Of Law, Trial Advocacy2012 - Present
AttorneySchroeter Goldmark & Bender, PS2012 - 2015
AttorneyJohnson Flora, PLLC2002 - 2012
Legal ExternThe Honorable Marsha J. Pechman, U.S. Federal District Court Judge2001 - 2001
ClerkJohnson Flora, PLLC2001 - 2002
Advocate & Program Associate,U.S. Public Interest Research Group1997 - 1999
Canvass DirectorThe Fund for Public Interest Research1996 - 1997
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Justice for All Political Action CommitteeBoard Member2016 - Present
American Association for Justice (Formerly ATLA)Member2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
Washington State Association for Justice (Formerly WSTLA)Member2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice2002 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
WSBA, Character and Fitness BoardMember, Chair (2014-2015)2012 - 2015
WSBA Professionalism CommitteeMember, Chair (2010-2011)2007 - 2012
WSBA Electronic Communications CommitteMember2004 - 2005
WSBA Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection CommitteeMember, Chair (2008-2009)2004 - 2012
WSBA Professional Development CommitteMember2002 - 2003
GreenLaw, Student Environmental Litigation ProjectBoard Member2002 - 2007
The Center for Environmental Law and PolicyBoard Member2002 - 2007
U.W. Law School Moot Court Honor BoardMember, Committee Chair2000 - 2002
U.W. Law School Pacific Rim Law and Policy JournalExecutive Articles Editor, Editorial Staff2000 - 2002
GreenLaw, Student Environmental Litigation ProjectCo-Founder, Executive Director (1999-2001), Member1999 - 2002
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
WSAJ Washington Medical Negligence DeskbookChapter: Medical Malpractice Motions Practice2016
NWLawyerKnow Thy Client - Cultural Competency in a Diverse World2015
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersXarelto®: From Big Sell to MDL2015
WSAJ Product Liability DeskbookProduct Liability - Successor Liability Book Chapter2014
NWLawyerSunset to Sunrise: A New Dawn in Professionalism2014
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersFight the Good, Clean Fight - Dealing with Bullies, Avoiding Bullying, and Understanding the Impact of Bullying on Diverse Populations2012
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsProfessionalism: One Lawyer's View2011
WSTLA Trial News, Volume 43, Number 3Daubert and the differential diagnosis: how oily oysters may save your case2007
The Professional Lawyer, 2006 Symposium Issue, American Bar Association, Center for Professional ResponsibilityIrreconcilable Differences: The Duty of Undivided Loyalty Versus the Non-Client Duty of Care, with Mark Johnson2006
Pacific Rim Law & Policy JournalPhoenix from the Ashes: The 1999 Pacific Salmon Agreement2001
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Kenyon CollegePolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1996
Oxford University, Lady Margaret HallInternational PoliticsStudy Abroad 1995N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NJP SymposiumGeneral Damages at Trial2016
WSBA Trial Advocacy ProjectAttorney-Client Relationships In Litigation2015
University of Washington School of LawProfessional Responsibility for LLM Students2015
WSBA Trial Advocacy ProjectAttorney-Client Relationships In Litigation2014
WSAJ Product Liability CLEProduct Liability - Successor Liability2014
WSBA “Law of Lawyering ” ConferenceFees and Our Trust Accounts2013
WSBA Trial Advocacy ProjectAttorney-Client Relationships In Litigation2013
WSBA - Ethical Dilemmas for the Practicing LawyerChair and Moderator2013
WSBA - Solo & Small Practice ConventionDrawing the Line: Setting Boundaries to Preserve the Attorney-Client Relationship2012
WSBA - Best of CLE 2012 Encore of ExcellenceOnline moderator of WSBA live video replay CLE webinar and live speaker (Attorney-Client Relationship)2012
WSAJ – Navigating Ethics in the Third MillenniumCLE Co-Chair and Moderator2012
WSBA - NLE Preadmission SeminarSuccessful Communication Strategies for Professionals2011
UW Law School Professional Responsibility ClassLecture on Professionalism: Where the RPCs Leave Off2011
Sixth Annual Statewide Diversity ConcerenceCivility and Professionalism: A Practitioner's Guide2011
WSBA “Law of Lawyering ” ConferenceEthics in Legal Fees and Billing2010
U.W. Law School Professional Responsibility ClassLecture on Professionalism: Where the RPCs Leave Off2010
2010 Ethics in Civil LitigationOnline moderator of WSBA live video replay CLE webinar2010
The RPCs: a Year Later, Video ReplayOnline moderator of WSBA live video replay CLE webinar2009
Seattle University Law School Professional Responsibility ClassLecture on Professionalism: Where the RPCs Leave Off2009
U.W. Law School Professional Responsibility ClassLecture on Professionalism: Where the RPCs Leave Off2008
Evidence: Strategies for Findeing, Preserving and Using Evidence to Support Your CaseEffective Discovery Techniques: The Evidentiary Perspective2008
Service of Process and Procedural PerfectionService of Process and Government Claims Filing2007
Maintaining Client ConfidencesElectronic Ethics and Internet Malpractice: Confidentiality and Other Concerns2004
WSBA “Law of Lawyering ” ConferenceElectronic Ethics and Internet Malpractice2003