Mr. Sims is a partner in the firm’s office in Mobile, where he was born in 1949. After graduation from law school, he served as law clerk to Hon. Frank M. Johnson, Jr. in the Middle District of Alabama. He was a United States Magistrate for the Southern District of Alabama from 1981 to 1986, and has continued to work with the federal court, twice chairing the applicant Screening Committee for Magistrate Judge positions and serving as chair of the founding board of the southern district Federal Defender organization.
Since joining the firm in 1987 Pat’s practice has focused on civil litigation, in aviation and accident and employment matters, as well as a broader array of complex cases involving international law, constitutional claims and major contract disputes, as well as related appeals.
Mr. Sims also has an active ADR workload as a member of the American Arbitration Association commercial panel and a mediator on the state and federal court panels. He is also a frequent lecturer on federal procedure, tort law and arbitration. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the Alabama District Courts, and the Alabama Supreme Court. He and his wife Barbara are in the 44th year of their marriage.