Trevin E. Sims serves clients throughout Southern California from both our Los Angeles and San Diego offices. In addition to managing the San Diego office, he co-leads the firm's public safety practice and co-chairs the Investigations Practice Group.
He serves as general and special counsel to public education agencies in a wide variety of areas including:
- School and Public Safety
- Governance and Inter-governmental Relations
- Brown Act, Public Records Act and Conflict of Interest Law
- Executive Contracts
- Real Property Sale, Lease and Exchange
- Surplus Property Disposition
- Municipal Finance
- Charter Schools
Mr. Sims has particular experience and expertise in school safety-related issues, including safety planning, violence prevention, threat assessment, and crises management. Over his career, his practice has also touched on virtually every other area of public education law, including special education, student discipline, classified and certificated employee discipline, and school district reorganization.
Mr. Sims is a frequent author of Lozano Smith Client News Briefs, and his articles are frequently published by state-wide organizations. His article Concealed Weapons on Campus Requires Careful Consideration was published by ACSA.
Mr. Sims has been a speaker for the California School Boards Association, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the California Latino School Boards Association, and the Association of California School Administrators Superintendent's Academy, and the Association of California Construction Managers.
He is a regular speaker at the firm's annual Facilities and Business Workshops. He also conducts governance training sessions for school boards throughout the state.
Mr. Sims is a member of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys and the California Council of School Attorneys.
He was admitted to the California Bar in 1993 and is also admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States District Court for the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California.
Mr. Sims earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, he holds an MBA from Duke University, with international study at the Rotterdam School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Oral Roberts University. Mr. Sims has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.
Preventing school violence and ensuring school safety have become dominant topics and part of an ongoing national conversation. But what can a school district do, practically, to address these issues? This podcast will examine two recently released resource documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Secret Service which provide guidance on preventing school violence as well as pending California legislation to improve school climate and safety.