Herchel McCoy Sims - #154185
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Law Ofc H J Sims
400 N Pacific St Unit 110
Oceanside, CA 92054-1940
|Phone Number:||(858) 518-1972|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Morehouse Coll; Atlanta GA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|12/12/2016||14-O-393||MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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November 20, 2016
HERCHEL MCCOY SIMS [#154185], 67, of Oceanside, was suspended from the practice of law for six months and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. He was also placed on three years’ probation and faces a two-year suspension if he fails to comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. The order took effect Nov. 20, 2016.In September 2013, Sims filed a lawsuit on behalf of a client which mistakenly named a company as a defendant alleging it was the owner of a property involved in the matter. The property was located at 5800 West Manchester Ave. in Los Angeles. But the property the company owned was actually at 5600 West Manchester Blvd. in Los Angeles.Despite the fact that the company demanded to be dismissed from the lawsuit multiple times because it had been improperly named as a defendant, Sims did nothing to fix his error from approximately Sept. 9, 2013 and Feb. 3, 2015. The court ultimately held an ex-parte hearing, which Sims did not attend, and dismissed the lawsuit against the company with prejudice.In aggravation, Sims had one prior record of discipline and initially blamed a non-attorney assistant for his misconduct, then admitted she was not responsible. In mitigation, he entered into a pretrial stipulation with the State Bar.