Widely recognized and respected as a bankruptcy expert, Mr. Sims has been appointed to several committees of the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of California, including the Attorney Advisory Committee, the Rules Committee, and a committee devoted to making the Bankruptcy Court a “paperless” court. Mr. Sims is also a Mediator for the Mediation Program of the Southern District of California and was named Mediator of the Year in 2004. He served as President of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum and was among its founding Directors. He is a past editor of the California Bankruptcy Journal. Mr. Sims is a regular panelist on bankruptcy topics for CEB, the Bankruptcy Forum, and other civic groups. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum and the San Diego County Bar Association. Prior to the formation of Pyle Sims Duncan & Stevenson, Mr. Sims served as Chairman of the Insolvency Practice Group at Jennings, Engstrand & Henrikson.
While at Jennings, Engstrand & Henrikson, Mr. Sims participated in the representation of the San Jose Unified School District in its Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Mr. Sims has represented creditors committees in a variety of cases, including Alliance Leasing, Amtel Communications and Leap Wireless. He represented creditors in the Orange County Chapter 9 bankruptcy and in Chapter 11 cases nationwide.
Mr. Sims is a graduate of San Diego State University (A.B with Distinction 1976) and the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1981) where he served as Executive Comments Editor for the San Diego Law Review. Mr. Sims was admitted to the California Bar in 1981. Mr. Sims was the law clerk to Hon. Ross M. Pyle, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California and was a judicial intern with Hon. J. Clifford Wallace, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
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