Skip to main content

Christopher Michael Sims

Criminal defense Attorney at Burien, WA

4.9   15 reviews

also known as Chris Sims

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Since February 2012, I have represented hundreds of criminal defendants throughout King and Pierce county at every stage of the proceedings from arraignment to trial, and post conviction review hearings. I believe that to be effective at representing clients in criminal proceedings it requires not only knowing the laws and procedure but also being a credible threat to go to trial. I bring that experience and knowledge as well as credibility to be effective at every stage of the proceedings.

    12 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    The DUI laws in Washington are some of the strictest in the nation. I work closely with my clients to manuever them through the courts from time of arraignment, pre-trial, trial, sentencing, and post conviction review hearings. My approach provides clients with a realistic expectation of the strength of their case if they choose to go to trial versus the benefits of any negotatiated deals.

    12 years

  3. Domestic violence
    25%
    There are a number of factors involved with a domestic violence related offense. There are potential lose of your firearm rights, no contact orders, freedom, and money. This area of law requires an attorney such as myself who is willing to push the case to trial and require the government to prove their case.

    12 years

  4. Sex crime
    10%

  5. Expungement
    5%

Chris graduated from Central Washington University with Honors and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate Degree from Seattle University-School of law. 
 
He is more than just a criminal defense attorney or even a litigator but rather a trial attorney. Chris offers thorough representation along with careful attention to the personal impact such situations can have on his clients and their families. He embraces the opportunity to go to trial and fight for his clients.  He has represented clients on felony offenses to misdemanor charges in courts accross the state. 
 
Chris is a compassionate and aggressive advocate for his clients. He enjoys working with and for his clients helping them throughout the legal process. He is upfront and honest which his clients appreciate. He evaluates every case with an eye for trial and provides clients with a realistic set of expectations.
 
 

 

Photos and videos

Location

Wood Sims Law, PLLC
645 SW 153rd St. STE C2
Burien, WA, 98166

Criminal Defense lawyers nearby

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
5 Star
 
93%
4 Star
 
7%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Jess | March 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got the ball rolling!
Got to say not knowing first hand what I was up against he made things seem very simple. Not only did he help clear my name he also made sure people were held accountable. When I first contacted Chris I had a warrant and a couple pending charges. Not only did he set in motion contact with prosecutors but he got this all rolling and handled almost faster then I knew I needed a lawyer. He was very professional and straight forward with me and always let me know where we stood as far as are next move. And did I mention he got the case dismissed and I never even stepped foot in a courtroom. I know who I'll be reaching out to and referring to people in need of good a defense lawyer......
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris Sims brought my case to an positive outcome.
My first impression of Chris was good when he helped me avoid the dept of lic suspension I was Sold. He is a rock solid performer. who was able to guide me to a solution that included no further jail time.
Posted by Alicia | June 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THANK YOU CHRIS
Having a court case can be a stressful time. I found Chris to be well versed in criminal law and extremely comfortable in walking me through my case. He is very understanding, kind and was passionate about resolving my case. I developed a wonderful rapport with him and felt supported throughout the entire experience. Chris went above and beyond all my expectations. I was kept well informed by him and his communication skills were astounding. There is NO one else I rather have represent me!
Read less
Posted by George | December 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Better Call Sims!
I consulted Chris about a traffic infraction I had gotten a few months ago. After talking and having him explain everything to me I decided to retain him to defend me in this case. He was very honest and upfront with me about everything which made me feel good about the whole situation. After retaining his services everything went better than I could of hoped for. He ended up fully getting my case dismissed and I never even had to go in front of a judge. I drive for a living so keeping a moving violation off of my record is huge but never even having to miss work to do so was just incredible. I am very glad I called sims to help me. If I ever need help again he's who I'll be calling and recommending to anyone I know that needs help.
Read less
Posted by Emily | December 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Handled my cases with care and considertation
Mr. Sims took the time to make sure I understood the legal ramifications of my actions and my situation. He brought realistic perspective to the table and broke things down in a way that I could easily understand the legal issues. He is a great attorney and I would recommend him to anyone who ever needs a high caliber professional to handle their legal needs.
Read less
Posted by Steven | December 30, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
He guided me on how to get my license back. I couldn't of done it without him. Thanks Chris
Posted by J | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful with first-time legal issues
My first, and fortune willing, last instance of needing legal representation was a crushing emotional burden. I wasn't sure where to start and how to move forward. Thankfully from day one, Chris help navigate and simplify the process as it unfolded to conclusion and resolution. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone in need of an excellent attorney that is involved and informative.
Read less
Posted by David Galindo | February 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional 5-Star Lawyer
I reached out to Chris Sims for a consultation. He agreed to meet me the next day, which I think is amazing. He spent the better part of an hour helping me understand my situation and discover the things I didn't know about my case. I am impressed with his knowledge and care. If you want the best defense, I believe he is the only lawyer you want by your side. I will recommend everyone to Chris Sims for any legal matter they may have. I look forward to working with you soon. Thanks so much Chris!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Chris was able to successfully help me through a very difficult time; always working towards the best possible outcome while being upfront and realistic about what could happen. Facing a hefty amount a jail time due to a revoked deferred prosecution & new DUI charge he was quick to respond to even my most challenging questions and made dealing with the court systems far less stressful. I highly recommend Chris.
Read less
Posted by Laura | November 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Laura Johnson's DUI Court Case in Lakewood, WA
My name is Laura & I retained Mr. Chris Sims to represent me as my Attorney w/ regards to a DUI case in Lakewood Municipal Court 10/2015. I was sent to Nisqually Jail on 10/24/15. I had retained Mr. Sims to represent me & I have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. He took my case; within several days I had met with him at the Nisqually Jail, he had me out of Jail & was able to get me admitted to Schick Shadel Hospital for treatment for Alcohol Addiction. I have been to 3 other 28 day In-Patient Treatment Centers for my Alcohol Addiction, apparently these facilities did not provide me the tools to deal with my disease in the "outside world" of these facilities. Mr. Sims felt as though these facilities DID NOT address the root of the problem as to WHY I drink, so he suggested that I try another venue & treatment to deal with my Addiction so he recommended Schick Shadel Hospital in Seattle, WA area. I agreed, so within 3 days, Mr. Sims had secured a bed at Schick Shadel, got me a tremendous deal for payment for the hospital, we spoke to the Judge on 10/30/15 @ 10:00am via televised TV meeting @ the Nisqually Jail & he was able to convince the Judge if he were to put me into Mr. Sims custody he would guarantee that he would PERSONALLY take me from the Jail to Schick Shadel Hospital that day & be there by 1:00pm. The Judge was kind enough to agree to that decision of having me go to this "Counter Conditioning Program," which is a treatment center that is a fast, intense & effective way of dealing with my addiction without having to struggle against the intense & immediate craving to drink. This program has completely changed my life for the positive! Since I walked into Jail & into this treatment center at Schick, I came out of there a completely different person with a much better & positive outlook on life, but most of all without a desire to ever to pick up a drink! Since my release from the hospital on 11/9/15, I have had several incidences where in the past I would have taken a drink to deal with my legal & personal issues, etc. but the aversion to ever drink whatsoever is so strong, I can't believe that this is actually working! I have Mr. Sims to give credit to & THANK for saving my life. He took the time to find an addiction facility that I had not been to before & a treatment that I had not tried before & he felt that trying another avenue would be extremely helpful in kicking this addiction/disease. I trusted Mr. Sims completely & he did NOT steer me wrong, he was able to get me into treatment immediately; he personally drove me from the Jail to Shick Shadel. I stayed in contact with Mr. Sims throughout my 10 day program & during that time I was able to create an "After Care Continuing Care Plan" with his assistance which consisted of getting into an Intensive Out Patient Program, find & meet with an Addiction Therapist/Counselor, Support groups/meetings, Victim's panel & other organizations to get involved in to stay busy & focused on my addiction & to be a better person over all & continue to remain sober & alcohol free. The Judge last Thursday, 11/12/15 read all of my letters, documentations from the various facilities, doctors, therapists, etc. & ruled that I be put on Probation until I complete my IOP program, etc. Mr. Sims was very professional, companionate & extremely knowledgeable about the Law & as a result was able to get me on Probation as opposed to going back two Jail for a minimum of 1 year. This way I can focus on dealing with my disease with professionals that can help me live my life in a happy & sober manner. I credit Mr. Sims for saving my life & I highly recommend him & his firm SMH, Inc. P.S. for representation in any criminal or law matter. Mr. Sims is an extraordinary Attorney & overall a fine, genuine kind man who sincerely cares about his clients & their overall well-being to succeed in life. I am honored & fortunate to have had Mr. Sims represent me!
Read less
Posted by Chance | November 13, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing lawyer
He has taught me alot talked me out of choices that could have made my case worse but all in all he has done everything and more I could ever ask of him I'm glad I got a great lawyer for my case. Thanks again Chris.
Posted by Chuck | November 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris Sims - Expert - Reliable - Trustworthy - Integrity Filled - Friend
Chris took on my situation with the reliability and professionalism exceeding any expectations I had as my representative. He was always on time to our appointments and even went out of his way to voluntarily make himself available to listen and be their as a friend. I cant thank him enough for his willingness to go beyond the call of just being an attorney. I didn't know Chris prior to my life events. You can trust that I am giving a reliable recommendation and I will continue to speak of him highly. He gave excellent legal advice and proved it by the positive results in my case. He reached out to the parties involved and was able to help resolve my case to my best benefit. Thank you Chris for being there for me. I couldn't have done this alone. Sincerely, Chuck.
Read less
Posted by James | September 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quality time, extremely intelligent
My case was abnormal and very difficult to explain Chris was very informative and professional. As a single dad I had everything to lose and a budget Chris and his firm made me feel comfortable and important responded with quality information in a timely manner and got the best possible resolution to my case. I wouldn't hesitate to call upon him again
Read less
Posted by Adam | September 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made legal troubles way less stressful, successful outcome with my case
This was my first time hiring legal representation and over the course of my case Chris went above and beyond my expectations. The outcome of my case was better than anticipated and Chris kept me informed at all times. He was professional, friendly, non-judgmental, and he was knowledgeable about out-of-state and military matters which was a big help to me.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knocked it out of the park
I recently worked with Mr. Sims on a very personal, stressful, and complicated matter. I found him to be an excellent resource as he guided me through the legal process with ease and precision that made me feel as if I was his only client. The high level of ethics and integrity he demonstrated were refreshing. His interactions and actions in the courtroom were both professional and personable and created a calming feeling that he was representing me in the best manner possible. Without question, he exceeded all expectations from initial contact to resolution of my case. You never anticipate having to hire an attorney, however I highly recommend Mr. Sims if you end up in a tough situation.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Stewart, MacNichols, Harmell, Inc., P.S.
  • 2013 - Present

Education

  • Seattle University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Central Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009
  • Highline Community College
  • AA-Associate of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • City v. L.N. (Not Guilty both counts Reckless Driving and Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree
  • Not Guilty on both counts
  • Not Guilty on one count of Driving While License Suspended
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best DUI Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Associate of the month
  • Stewart MacNichols Harmell
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Alumi of Cascade Middle School (White Center, WA) Career presentations
  • The path to Lawyering and Law School
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (9)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris and I have worked together on sex offenses and protection orders. His research and investigative skills are top notch. I would recommend him."
Domestic violence Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse Mr. Sims. We’ve worked together on a number of matters and I’m always impressed with his professionalism and hard work ethic. He really knows his stuff. The last case we teamed up on was a Domestic Violence case that was headed for trial. Thanks to Chris, this case was dismissed day of trial. I would highly recommend him for any of your criminal defense or traffic defense needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Christopher is a pleasure to work with. He has a sunny disposition that brings joy to those around him. Christopher's legal knowledge and skills permit him to be highly effective and efficient. I am proud to recommend Christopher."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Sims is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I've observed him represent dozens of defendants in court. He is a strong and skilled advocate for his clients and he seems like he genuinely cares about what happens to them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Chris from the other side of the table. He is an aggressive and intelligent advocate for his clients. I refer anyone who needs a defense attorney his way because I know they will be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. He will make whatever accommodations necessary to meet with clients and help resolve their legal issues,"
Litigation Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for quite some time and I have no problem recommending this lawyer to anyone who needs legal assistance. He is very comfortable in a court room, is not afraid to take difficult cases to trial, and always goes that extra mile for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris as a colleague for over six years now, and cannot speak highly enough of him as a person and as an attorney. Chris's personality is a unique combination of compassion and down-to- earth approach and thoroughness and legal expertise in criminal and DUI defense. Humble, yet determined, he dedicated his career to defending his clients' rights. I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the privilege to work with Chris for over 2 years. Chris is an excellent attorney that diligently represents his clients. He has shown his understanding of the nuances of the law and how to best get as favorable a resolution as possible for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a great attorney to have on your side if you are dealing with a criminal matter. He has the ability to provide quick representation in emergent situations. He works closely with his clients so that they understand the legal process by breaking down the legal issues. He is a zealous advocate for every one of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Chris Sims for several years. He has an incredible amount of experience and fights hard to defend his clients. Mr. Sims has an excellent familiarity with the law and the local courts and judges. I fully endorse this attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Chris several times where he has represented shared clients in their criminal cases. Chris is incredibly knowledgeable regarding all criminal defense matters. He represents his clients as if they were a member of his only family, and his passion for his clients' rights is noteworthy and rare. I have relied on Chris' input and guidance for my clients in times of crisis, and he has always come through. I would recommend Chris to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney without reservation."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Construction and development
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense