J. Jason Sims

1200 Barton Hills Drive #265
Austin, Texas 78704

jsims at simslaw dot com

Ph: (512) 565-6831
Fax: (512) 394-5159

Professional experience

June 2008 - Present;  Law Office of J. Jason SimsAustin, TX

Solo Practitioner

 

Civil litigation practice focused primarily on corporate collections; private and municipal construction claims; home and lien foreclosures, evictions; contracts;

Criminal defense with primary focus on juvenile law, DWI, drug offenses.

June 2004 – June 2008;   Jason R. Mann and Associates,  Harlingen, TX

Associate Attorney

 Civil practice focused on collections; private and municipal construction claims; home and lien foreclosures and evictions; workmen’s comp. defense; contracts;

Criminal defense with primary focus on juvenile law, DWI, drug offenses.

August 1999 – June 2004; Hidalgo Co. District Attorney’s Office, Edinburg, TX

Assistant District Attorney

Supervised Hot Checks section;
Prepared grand jury indictments on felony theft by check cases;
Prepared, filed and prosecuted misdemeanor hot check cases in county courts at law;

Prosecuted Felonies and Misdemeanors in the Hidalgo County Juvenile Justice Court; handling cases arising out of the 92nd, 93rd, and 275th District Courts;
Prepared Petitions in Juvenile Intake;
Prosecuted Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases in County Courts of Law;
Represented the County in civil commitment cases;
Prepared complaints for Class A and B misdemeanor cases in Intake Dept.;
Prosecuted Class C misdemeanors in Justice of the Peace courts in Hidalgo Co.

June 1998 – August 1999; Self-employed, San Marcos, TX

Attorney

Counseled independent record label on licensing issues;
Advised record label on intellectual property concerns including copyright and trademark;
Drafted employment agreements for performers in the entertainment industry;
Reviewed management contracts for talent manager;
Researched issues and advising graphic designer regarding collection matters.

Nov. 1997 – August 1999; Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, L.L.P., Austin, TX

Information Systems / Records

Converted entire Litigation filing to new firm-wide system;
Training attorneys and staff on litigation filing system and records software package;
Created and maintained Litigation-support intranet website;
Created and maintained attorney workbooks;
Authored, designed and maintained intranet website dedicated to records department procedures, relevant legal links;
Assisted with document production and exhibit preparation.

June 1996 – Nov. 1996; Law Offices of Ben Dominguez, II, Houston, TX

Law Clerk

Researched and analyzed relevant statutes and case law both manually and electronically with WestLaw and Lexis-Nexis;
Drafted pleadings and motions, Discovery requests and prepared responses;
Researched corporations with Secretary of State's office and d/b/a’s on a local basis;
Filed pleadings and motions with Harris County Courts and District Courts.

Education

1994 – 1997 South Texas College of Law Houston, TX

Doctorate of Jurisprudence

Organizations:

Sports and Entertainment Law Society
ABA – Law Student Division

1989 – 1993 Southwest Texas State University San Marcos, TX

Bachelor of Arts [Major in Political Science, Minor in International Studies]

Organizations:

Inter-Fraternity Council Representative
Phi Kappa Sigma, Secretary

Interests and activities

Organizations:

State Bar of Texas (admitted 5/1/1998); Texas Young Lawyers Association; American Bar Association

Computers and the Internet:

Software

Microsoft Windows XP and Vista; Microsoft Office 95, 97, 2007; WordPerfect for Windows; PC Docs / DOCS Open; Summation; LegalKEY; WestLaw; Lexis-Nexis; FolioViews; Introspect; Fortress; FrontPage; PowerPoint; CorelDraw9; Corel PhotoPaint9; Adobe Photoshop 4.0; POV-Ray 3.x; Caligari 3D; many, many others.

Internet

Setting up accounts with local service providers;
Installing and updating Internet software packages and applications;
Training new users;
Designing and programming World Wide Web pages;
Designing and creating web graphics for Public News’ online edition.

Writing Sample

The Substantive Law Behind Model Releases