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Valerie Sims

Valerie Sims is a Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association practicing in litigation.  Fewer than 3% of all registered attorneys in Minnesota are certified specialists in their field.  Ms. Sims litigates a variety of cases, with an emphasis on construction, design professionals, property disputes, manufactured housing and personal injury defense.  She represents contractors, architects, engineers, business owners and individuals in all areas of litigation.  Ms. Sims has handled numerous jury trials in various counties throughout the State of Minnesota.

Client Services:

  • Litigation
  • Trials
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Defects
  • Manufactured Housing
  • Class Actions
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability

Admitted to Practice:

Minnesota, 2000

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2000

Awards and Recognition:

Super Lawyer 2018 Minnesota Law & Politics

MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, 2015

Selected as a Rising Star in the area of litigation, Minnesota Law & Politics for the years 2004-2015


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1997

JD, William Mitchell College of Law, 2000

Representative Cases:

Charles McManus v. Glen E. Johnson, Bernardo Gomez, and Phillip Traynor, Hennepin County District Court File No. 27-CV-15-8431 (Judge Mel I. Dickstein)

Corral v. Smith, Olmsted County District Court File No.:  55-CV-15-2726 (Judge Joseph F. Chase)

Yekaterina Yablochkin v. Clare Louis Mulloy v. Debra Thibodeau, Dakota Court File No. 19-HA-CV-14-4531

Bacon v. Richter Remodeling, LLC, Hennepin County District Court File No. 27-CV-13-12138

Van Steenwyk v. Minnesota Roofing and Remodeling, Mille Lacs County District Court file no. 48-CV-11-1657

Smith-Woods v. Huhn, Hennepin County District Court File No. 27-CV-11-24744

Golf Ridge Villas, Inc. v. Williams Development, LLC v. Ran-Mart Stucco, et al., Carver County District Court file no 10-CV-08-1678

Drazkowski v. Bluff County LLC, Fillmore County District Court, Case No. 23-CV-08-469

Troy M. Boegeman v. Juergens Construction, Inc. v. S&R Construction, Inc., Scott County District Court File No, 70-CV-05-21179


Valerie Sims


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