Kimberly M.J. Sims
Direct: (214) 888-3106
Mobile: (972) 800-9141
Fax: (214) 888-3109
Kimberly Sims focuses on the PREVENTION and RESOLUTION of landlord/tenant, real estate, construction, contract and employee disputes. Kimberly understands that property owners and managers need to focus their energy and resources on running their businesses. She is well-equipped to represent her clients' interests in active litigation, but she also works to help her clients prevent the escalation of disputes into litigation, or to avoid them altogether.
Texas Tech School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude
- Order of the Coif
University of Texas at Austin
Texas and New Mexico
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
U.S. District Courts (all Texas districts)
U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (all Texas districts)
Kimberly Sims has developed her practice to concentrate on the legal and business challenges encountered by commercial property owners and managers. She is experienced in guiding businesses through government investigations and actions, including the resolution of fair housing and discrimination complaints. By engaging with her clients’ decision-making on whether to enter into certain contracts, analyzing lease obligations, protecting business assets and evaluating and resolving employee issues, Kimberly seeks to help her clients avoid litigation. In those situations where litigation simply cannot be avoided, she aggressively pursues her clients’ claims and defends their interests.
Kimberly was named a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, appearing in Texas Monthly/Law and Politics Magazine and was designated a Texas Super Lawyer in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
• Prosecution of tenant by landlord for collection of rent upon abandonment of leased property, resulting in judgment in favor of landlord.
• Representation of landlord in appeal of eviction to Court of Appeals, resulting in dismissal of appeal and return of possession to landlord while appeal was pending.
• Defense of landlord on fair housing claim, resulting in dismissal of claim by government agency.
• Prosecution of lien claimants for general contractor, resulting in removal of invalid liens.
• Defense of owner in suit by electrical contractor on retail construction project resulting in settlement.
• Defense of adverse possession claim against property owner, resulting in judgment for client affirming title and ownership.
Publications / Presentations:
• Featured in “The Magnificent Seven,” Dimensions Magazine, June 2017, Apartment Association of Tarrant County.
• “When a Resident Dies” – Apartment Association of Tarrant County “Lunch and Law” Event, 2017.
• “When a Resident Files Bankruptcy: - Apartment Association of Tarrant County “Lunch & Law” Event, 2016
• The Impact of Stern vs. Marshall: Jurisdictional Concerns in Bankruptcy Courts in 2012: Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 2012: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year (Aspatore Thought Leadership)
• Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar, 2012
• Inside the Minds: Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Strategies, ©West Publishing 2011
• Inside the Minds: Navigating Recent Bankruptcy Law Trends, Aspatore, ©West Publishing 2010
• Spousal Liability in Ponzi Schemes, Westlaw Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (May 14, 2010)
• Contributed to Representing Lenders in Commercial Foreclosures: Understanding the Unique Challenges of Commercial Foreclosures and the Best Strategies for Countering Borrower Defenses, Aspatore, ©West Publishing 2010
• Trustee or Auctioneer: Use of 363 Sales to (Theoretically) Enhance the Value of the Estate, Aspatore, ©West Publication 2010
• Landlord/Tenant Law in Texas Seminar, 2009, Problem Tenants - Tenant Rights and Landlord Responsibilities
• Landlord/Tenant Law in Texas Seminar, 2008, Problem Tenants - Tenant Rights and Landlord Responsibilities
• Landlord/Tenant Law in Texas: Beyond the Basics Seminar, 2007
Hunter v. PriceKubecka, PLLC, 339 S.W.3d 795, 802 (Tex. App.— Dallas 2011)
McCray v. Hoag, 372 S.W.3d 237 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012)
Challenger Gaming Solutions, Inc. v. Earp, 402 S.W.3d 290, 296 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2013)
Brauss v. Triple M Holding GmbH, 411 S.W.3d 614 (Tex. App. –Dallas 2013)
• Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
• Dallas Bar Association
Bench Bar Committee, 2010-present
--Co-Vice-Chair 2014-2016, Co-Chair, 2017-2018
• Texas Apartment Association (TAA)
• Apartment Association of Greater Dallas (AAGD)
• Apartment Association of Tarrant County
• Dallas CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), Oct 2017-present
Awards / Honors:
After being a "Rising Star" for seven consecutive years, Kimberly Sims earned Super Lawyer honors in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, tabulated by research firm Thomson Reuters.
Texas Super Lawyers previously named Kimberly Sims on its “Rising Star” lists for 2008-2014. To compile this list, research firm Thomson Reuters seeks nominations from the over 80,000 attorneys practicing in Texas, and selects finalists through a patented, multi-phase process. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in Texas are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. To be eligible for Rising Stars, a lawyer must be 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
Chair, Texas State Council, 2017-2018
State Council Board Member 2015-2018
Attorneys Serving the Community, 2010-present
Rainbow Days, Auxiliary Board, 2016-2018
Parents' Club of St. Rita Catholic School of Dallas (K-8)
Executive Board 2014-2017