Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellows are attorneys at the pinnacle of achievement who, through distinguished professional accomplishment, substantial civic involvement and philanthropy, have earned a legacy as pillars of the Sacramento legal community. As part of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s 100-year anniversary celebration, the Foundation has worked diligently to identify candidates to be recognized as Centennial Fellows. The following are attorneys suitable to be recognized as preeminent leaders in the community. All of these Fellows are members of the Sacramento County Bar Association.
Steven L. Simas is the founder of Simas & Associates, Ltd., where he specializes in administrative, regulatory, employment, and health care law. Simas graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and from the UC Davis School of Law with his law degree. During law school, he served as the law clerk for the Legal Affairs Secretary in the office of Gov. George Deukmejian, where he developed his interest in government law.
Upon graduation from law school, Simas joined the law firm of Turner & Sullivan in Sacramento. Richard K. Turner and Robert J. Sullivan founded the firm in the 1970s as one of the only firms to specialize in this area. Turner created the SCBA’s Administrative Law Section in 1980, which he, Sullivan, and attorneys with that firm continued to support as leaders and frequent speakers at luncheons and seminars.
When Simas launched his own firm in 2002, he became the Vice Chair of the Administrative Law Section, and went on to serve three separate terms as Chair – in 2005, 2006, and 2014. Simas & Associates, Ltd. has carried on in the Section tradition, supporting officers and chairs in the years from 2002 through today.
“For 28 years, the SCBA has provided me the chance to learn from great mentors, to work with outstanding colleagues and friends, and to serve and educate others in our unique specialty of administrative law. Thank you SCBA for this great opportunity and honor to be a Centennial Fellow.”
Shortly after Turner & Sullivan closed in the early 1990s, Simas served in the public sector before opening his own firm. He practiced administrative and employment law as a deputy attorney general in the Sacramento office of the Attorney General and served as the Chief Consultant to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment in the California Legislature. In 1997, he received a gubernatorial appointment as counsel to the Public Employment Relations Board where he served for two years. Simas has also presided as a temporary judge for the Sacramento Superior Court, Small Claims and Traffic Divisions, and serves as a hearing officer in matters involving civil service matters, code and zoning enforcement, and is certified as a peer review hearing officer by the California Society of Health Care Attorneys.
Simas has three published appellate opinions in the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and served as General Counsel for the former Golden State Gaming Association. He presently serves as counsel to the California Physical Therapy Association and the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association.
Over the last three decades, Simas has built extensive expertise representing both public and private sector clients. Since establishing his own firm, Simas focuses on representing and counseling physicians, physical therapists, nurses, veterinarians, engineers, real estate brokers, contractors, attorneys, and most other professionals who are regulated and licensed by the State of California.
He and his firm have supported SCBA and affiliate functions, as both a 100% firm and as participants in the Solo/Small Practice Division. He has contributed articles to SCBA’s magazine, Sacramento Lawyer, regarding Administrative Law and Writ Practice, and he presents seminars in these areas throughout the state.