Benjamin A. Sims, chief legal counsel and administrative law judge for the State Industrial Commission for four years, has been named chief administrative law judge. He replaces Timothy A. Allen, who resigned several days ago after he purchased the stock brokerage firm Helix Securities.
Prior to starting with the commission, Sims was Second District Court manager for Davis and Weber counties. He also has been a law professor and served as acting dean of the Judge Advocate General's School.Sims completed 32 years of military service and retired as a colonel after serving in various legal capacities. His legal training is in government contracts, appellate practice, criminal, personal injury, medical malpractice, tort defense, domestic relations and litigation services.
In making the announcement, Commission Chairman Stephen M. Hadley said Sims' impressive qualification and experience have made his position as administrative law judge one of fairness and understanding.
Sims received his master of laws degree with highest honors from George Washington University and his law degree from the University of Arizona. He also has a bachelor's from the U. of Arizona and a master's in public administration from James Madison University.