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Craig Sims, J.D.

Trial Attorney, Bergman Draper Ladenburg

Craig Sims received the 2011 Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Award. At the City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Sims’ primary responsibility is to oversee all attorneys and staff who prosecute criminal and traffic crimes that occur within the city. Before becoming Criminal Division chief, Mr. Sims was a trial attorney with the civil firm of Fury Bailey. During his time there, his primary focus was serving clients who had suffered serious personal injuries.

Before joining Fury Bailey, Mr. Sims enjoyed a distinguished 10-year career as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecutor's Office. During that time, he represented the public in over 100 trials. His career as a prosecutor also included a multi-year assignment to the Most Dangerous Offender Program. While a member of the program, Mr. Sims prosecuted several homicides and other high-profile cases. One of his most notable prosecutions was State v. William Joice, in which the defendant was a civil defense attorney convicted of the attempted murder of his opposing counsel. Mr. Sims’ career demonstrates his passion for helping those who have been harmed by others.

Mr. Sims is an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching comprehensive pretrial advocacy. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington Law School instructing a section of trial advocacy.

He is a member of several organizations, including the Loren Miller Bar Association, of which he was president in 2007-2009. He is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association  and the King County Bar Association, of which he served as a trustee. Mr. Sims is also on the advisory board for the WSBA Leadership Institute. He is licensed to practice law in the Washington state courts and the United States Federal Court for the Western District of Washington. In his spare time, Mr. Sims enjoys spending time with his family, biking and skydiving.