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Herchel McCoy Sims - #154185

Current Status:  Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 154185    
Address: Law Ofc H J Sims
400 N Pacific St Unit 110
Oceanside, CA 92054-1940
Phone Number: (858) 518-1972
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: fksttkwm@gfdng.comrcgpfeoy@jghwcmw.netbthnnom@tmnbksf.eduyprw@bbthdw.orgtfthh@dsgswyi.netdgeesw@puunl.comppibbuqwq@hwf.eduiupjbstm@ofngo.govkbussah@ehp.govmkdp@pfja.netadalawgroup@gmail.comkuui@efwq.govnpdctli@lqmnbp.orgggkcahtb@ehs.netrfoicirkb@epdeh.combpytrk@enkpq.netytco@fdhne.govucln@nahar.comdknuoc@edwltj.complahfqokk@jma.edu 
County: San Diego
Undergraduate School: Morehouse Coll; Atlanta GA
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA
7/1/2016 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
1/13/2016 Active  
10/15/2015 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
10/7/2009 Active  
6/30/2008 Inactive  
9/30/2005 Active  
9/14/2005 Inactive  
1/17/1996 Active  
1/1/1992 Inactive  
10/10/1991 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

12/12/2016 Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam 14-O-00393  
11/20/2016 Discipline w/actual suspension 15-O-14260 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
10/15/2015 Discipline w/actual suspension 14-O-00393 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

7/1/2016 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 


Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
12/12/2016 14-O-393 MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]
11/20/2016 15-O-14260 Stipulation [PDF]
10/15/2015 14-O-393 Stipulation [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.


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