Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Trevin E. Sims

Partner | Los Angeles, San Diego

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Tel: 213.929.1066
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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
  • Construction
  • 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.

Presenter Experience

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.

Professional Affiliations

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.

Governor Signs A Suite Of Bills Aimed At Supporting Students In Higher Education

By: Trevin SimsStephanie WhiteTilman Heyer-

December 2019Number 87Governor Newsom signed a host of Assembly Bills (AB) and Senate Bills (SB) in support of higher education, which expand existing student aid programs and eligibility criteria, among other things.California College PromiseThe existing California College Promise program waives enrollment fees for eligible students. The program generally targets students from low-income families or who are receiving government assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income or Temporary As...

Governor Approves New Public Safety Laws Affecting Cities, Schools and Other Public Agencies

By: Trevin SimsKyle Raney-

November 2018 Number 81 In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed three new bills addressing public agency response to disasters and emergencies including school violence. Senate Bill (SB) 833: Emergency Alerts In response to the unprecedented 2017 wildland fire disasters, SB 833 aims to improve California's emergency alert system by requiring the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to develop guidelines for alerting and warning the public of an emergency. At a minimum, the Guid...

The FBI and Secret Service Issue New Guidance on Addressing School Violence and Active Shooters

By: Trevin SimsJoshua Whiteside-

August 2018Number 38The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the United States Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) have released two important documents that offer insight into the pre-attack behavior of shooters and advice to help prevent targeted school violence through the use of threat assessments.The FBI reportThe FBI report, which was issued in June, is part of an FBI initiative to understand why shootings in confined and populated areas, like schools, occur ...

Legislature Stops Local Agencies from Limiting the Presentation of Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims

By: Sloan SimmonsTrevin SimsKate Holding-

July 2018Number 33In response to a recent state court case, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1053 to explicitly prohibit local agencies from adopting local claim procedures that limit the presentation of childhood sexual abuse claims. The law, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 23, goes into effect January 1, 2019.BackgroundCode of Civil Procedure section 340.1 allows a lawsuit for childhood sexual abuse to be filed within the later of eight years of the date t...

Significant New Title IX Guidance on Handling Sexual Misconduct: What Schools Need to Know

By: Michelle CannonTrevin SimsStephanie White-

October 2017 Number 56 New guidance on schools' responsibilities for addressing claims of sexual misconduct under Title IX places greater emphasis on the rights of those accused of sexual misconduct. The new guidance marks a significant departure from prior guidance but lacks details, creating the potential for many issues requiring legal consultation. On September 22, the United States Department of Education issued interim guidance on schools' responsibilities in addressing sexual mi...

School Safety and New Guidance on Addressing School Violence

By: Trevin SimsJoshua Whiteside-

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.