B.A., University of Oregon, 1994
J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1997
Craig Sims is currently the Chief of the Criminal Division for the Seattle City Attorney's Office. Craig's primary responsibility is to oversee all attorneys and staff who prosecute criminal and traffic crimes that occur within the city of Seattle. Prior to becoming the Criminal Division Chief, Craig was a trial attorney with the civil firm of Fury Bailey. During his time with Fury Bailey, Craig's primary focus was serving clients who suffered serious personal injuries.
Prior to joining Fury Bailey, Craig enjoyed a distinguished ten-year career as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecutor's Office. During his time with the King County Prosecutor's Office, Craig represented the citizens of the State of Washington in over 100 trials. His career as a prosecutor also included a multi-year assignment to the Most Dangerous Offender Program (MDOP). While a member of the MDOP Program, Craig prosecuted several homicide and other high profile cases. One of his most notable prosecutions was State v. William Joice (Defendant was a civil defense attorney who was convicted of the attempted murder of opposing counsel). Craig's past experience has proved that he has a genuine passion for helping those who have been harmed by others.
Craig is an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington Law School instructing a section of Trial Advocacy.
In September of 2011, Craig was awarded the "Professionalism Award" by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). The WSBA is the governing body that oversees Washington's 34,470 licensed lawyers. This honor is awarded to a WSBA member who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism in the practice of law. "Professionalism" is defined as the pursuit of a learned profession in the spirit of service to the public and in the sharing of values with other members of the profession.
Craig is a member of several organizations to include the Loren Miller Bar Association (President 2007-2009). He is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and King County Bar Association (Trustee). Craig is also on the Advisory Board for the WSBA Leadership Institute. He has a license to practice law in Washington and the United States Federal Court, Western District of Washington. In his spare time Craig enjoys spending time with his family, biking, and coaching nationally recognized mock-trial teams at Seattle University School of Law.