Hunter W. Sims Jr.

Hunter W. Sims Jr.

Member

Office: Norfolk

T (757) 624.3272

F (888) 360.9092

Biography

Hunter is a litigation member in the firm’s Norfolk office. Hunter has extensive experience in federal and state courts and has tried in excess of one hundred civil and criminal jury cases to verdict, including representing clients in complex business litigation, patent infringement, environmental, antitrust, securities, legal malpractice, libel and slander, and white-collar criminal defense cases. A white-collar case he defended in the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia was featured in an article in the October 1998 edition of the ABA Journal entitled 'The Zealot and the Senator.'

Representative Matters

Some cases which went to trial in which Mr. Sims represented clients include the following:

Civil Trials

  • In 2008 defended in the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia the City of Virginia Beach, the City Manager, and the Captain of one of the City’s police precincts in a suit by a local bar alleging civil rights violations
  • In 2007 defended an international manufacturer of marine engines in three week patent infringement jury trial in the United States District Court in Alexandria, Virginia
  • In 2007 defended a landowner in a boundary line dispute claim brought by an adjoining property owner
  • In 2006 defended a ready-mix concrete company in a suit by a competitor alleging intentional interference with contract and business expectancies in a two week jury trial in the Circuit Court of Northampton County, Virginia
  • In 2005 prosecuted a civil claim by Eastern Virginia Medical School against one of its independent foundations in a week long non-jury trial in the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk, Virginia
  • Defended in the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia a sexual harassment allegation against an individual serving in a management capacity with a Fortune 500 company
  • Defended a group of doctors sued for alleged violations of the civil False Claims Act in the United States District Court in the Western District of Virginia
  • Defended a national fireplace installation company for wrongful death of two individuals in the Circuit Court for the City of Virginia Beach
  • Represented an individual in the United States Tax Court on a claim by the IRS disallowing a tax credit taken as a result of a donation by the individual owner of a private sewer system to a municipality
  • Defended a motorcycle manufacturer and distributor in a four day administrative hearing before the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles concerning the establishment of a new motorcycle dealer in the western part of Virginia

Criminal Trials

  • Defended the president of a bank in a 52 count indictment in the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Defended the controller of a regional soft drink bottling company charged with bribery in the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Defended an attorney charged in the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia with false statements and conspiracy against the Government in connection with an SBA loan
  • Represented an individual charged with three counts of interference with television broadcasts
  • Defended a regional dairy in a criminal antitrust conspiracy case in the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia

Reported Cases

The following are some of the reported cases in which Mr. Sims represented a party:

  • Sibert v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 184 F. Supp. 3d 296 (E.D. Va. 2016)
  • Morrison v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 30 F. Supp. 3d 449 (E.D. Va. 2014)
  • Mayo v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 30 F. Supp. 3d 485 (E.D. Va. 2014)
  • Daily Press, Inc. v. Commonwealth, 285 Va. 447, 739 S.E. 2d 636 (2013)
  • Jesse v. Wells Fargo Home Mortg., 882 F. Supp. 2d 877 (E.D. Va. 2012)
  • Mosley v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 802 F. Supp. 2d 695 (E.D. Va. 2012)
  • Cheche v. Wittstat Title & Escrow Co., LLC, 723 F. Supp. 2d 851 (E.D. Va. 2010)
  • United States v. RGM Corp., 222 F. Supp. 2d 780 (E.D. Va. 2002)
  • Cherrystone Inlet, LLC v. Board of Zoning Appeals, 271 Va. 670, 628 S.E. 2d 324 (2006)
  • United States v. Holland, 214 F.3d 523 (4th Cir. 2000)
  • Finn v. Virginia Retirement System, 259 Va. 144 (S. Ct. 2000)
  • City of Virginia Beach v. Hay, 258 Va. 217 (S. Ct. 1999)
  • United States v. Holland, 48 F. Supp. 2d 571 (E.D. Va. 1999)
  • United States v. Holland, 34 F. Supp. 2d 346 (E.D. Va. 1999)
  • Volvo Penta of the Ams., Inc. v. Brunswick Corp., 187 F.R.D. 240 (E.D. Va. 1999)
  • Borow v. nVIEW Corp., 829 F. Supp. 828 (E.D. Va. 1993)
  • Bolt V. Norfolk Southern Corp., 829 F. Supp. 2d 512 (E.D. Va. 1997)
  • Smithfield Ham and Products, Co. v. Portion Pac, Inc., 905 F. Supp. 346 (E.D. Va. 1995)
  • Shintom America v. Cellular Information Network, Inc., 825 F. Supp. 108 (E.D. Va. 1993)
  • Sun Dun Inc., etc. v. united States, 776 F. Supp. 463 (E.D. Va. 1991)
  • Tessier v. Plastic Surgery Specialists, Inc., 731 F. Supp. 724 (E.D. Va. 1991)
  • Shoney’s, Inc. v. Schoenbaum, 894 F.2d 92 (4th Cir. 1989)
  • Adams Outdoor Advertising v. Newport News, 236 Va. 370 (S. Ct. 1988)
  • In re Hitchings, 850 F.2d 180 (4th Cir. 1988)
  • Piland Corp. v. REA Const. Co., 672 F. Supp. 244 (E.D. VA. 1987)
  • Reasor v. Norfolk, 606 F. Supp. 788 (E.D. Va. 1984)
  • Womble v. Dixon, 752 F.2d 80 (4th Cir. 1984)
  • United States v. Colonial Chevrolet Corp., 629 F.2 943 (4th Cir. 1980)
  • United States v. Reason, 549 F.2d 309 (4th Cir. 1976)

    LEXIS Reported Cases
  • Albayero v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114974
  • Bagley v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11880
  • Biggers v. Stumpf, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17792
  • Brown v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132305
  • Chance v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137507
  • Cheche v. Wittstat Title & Escrow Co., LLC, 482 Fed. Appx. 844
  • Cheche v. Wittstat Title & Escrow Co., LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15167
  • Davis v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2116
  • Ellis v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86587
  • Estrella v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 497 Fed. Appx. 361
  • Estrella v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 148778
  • Hinton v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92560
  • Hughes v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 617 Fed. Appx. 261
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92918
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2016 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 17850
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 623 Fed. Appx. 608
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52126
  • Luther V. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46684
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47066
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161001
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100728
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62848
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64977
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1032
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137411
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142538
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65421
  • Luther v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15476
  • Matanic v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134154
  • Mayo v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 622 Fed. Appx. 250
  • Mayo v. Fed. Nat'l Home Loan Mortg. Corp., 615 Fed. Appx. 148
  • Mayo v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26383
  • Mayo v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15777
  • Paine v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83016
  • Scott v. Samuel I. White, P.C., 612 Fed. Appx. 191
  • Sibert v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83585
  • Vaughan v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18597
  • Vaughan v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65548
  • Waites v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19362

Recognition & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Top Ten Lawyers in Virginia; Law & Politics, 2006-2014, 2016-2017 
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1993-2018
  • Norfolk Criminal Defense: White Collar Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Norfolk Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2013, 2015
  • Norfolk Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Norfolk Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Norfolk Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers USA, 2005-2017
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2009-2010
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2017
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017/18
  • Local Litigation Star; Benchmark Litigation, 2008-2009
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation; 2005
  • Recipient; Virginia Beach Bar Association “Professionalism Award”
  • Who’s Who in American Law; 1996-2009
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • McNeill Law Society

Associations

  • Advisory Committee on Rules of Court of the Judicial Council of Virginia, 1998-2015
  • Judicial Conference of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Virginia State Bar Committee on Lawyer Discipline, 1995-2002
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association; Executive Committee, 1990-1992; Secretary, 1992
  • Virginia State Bar; Chairman, Board of Governors, Construction Law Section, 1984-1985; Board of Governors,   Antitrust Law Section, 1988-1991
  • American Bar Association; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Antitrust Law Section, Litigation Section, Criminal Law Section
  • I’Anson-Hoffman American Inns of Court, 1987-2001
  • Virginia Aquarium; Board of Trustees, 1993-2006

Education

  • University of Virginia; B.S., 1967
  • University of Richmond School of Law; J.D., 1971

Press and Publications