Suzette Vandivier Sims – Associate, State College

Suzette Vandivier Sims – Associate, State College 2016-11-05T08:32:25+00:00
Suzette Vandivier Sims
Phone: 814-238-4926
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Centre County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Courts – Wilkinson-Campbell Chapter
  • Centre County Women’s Resource Center
    • Board Member, 2010-2016
    • Board Chair, 2014-2015
  • WPSU Connoisseur’s Dinner, Silent Auction Committee,
    2012 – 2016
  • Centre County Democratic Committeewoman, Precinct 65, Patton Township, 2010-2014
  • Pantops HOA board member, 2011-2014
  • Sponsor, Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lectures on Legal and Biomedical Ethics, Poynter Center, Indiana University, 2002 through 2011
  • Participant, Women Build, Habitat for Humanity
  • Past volunteer work in the state of Indiana included service as court-appointed guardian ad litem; member of the City of Bloomington’s Human Rights Commission and Commission on the Status of Women; participant in public television and radio fund drives, participant in Community Partners in Reading, member of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, and volunteer attorney for the Protective Order Project
  • Graduate, Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County, Indiana
  • State of Indiana, 1989
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • J.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1989
  • B.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, History (minor in French), With Honors, 1986

Suzette Sims is a member of McQuaide Blasko’s litigation team, where she concentrates her practice on representing individuals in a broad range of civil actions and administrative law matters, from personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, Social Security benefits to business litigation, employment discrimination, and landlord-tenant disputes.

A native Hoosier and third-generation lawyer, Suzette began her career in Indiana, where she practiced law for 20 years before relocating to Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons in 2008. Her early career included service as a deputy attorney general in the Tort Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Indiana, where her statewide practice involved representing the interests of state agencies, such as the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana State Police, and the Indiana Department of Corrections, in various civil litigation matters.

Suzette’s predominate practice has been in the area of insurance defense litigation. She has represented insureds of more than 20 insurance carriers and has litigated cases involving negligence, medical malpractice, product liability, toxic tort, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and employment discrimination, as well as insurance coverage issues and business disputes involving such claims as breach of contract, violation of non-compete agreements, tortious interference, and trade secrets. Suzette has managed cases through all phases of the litigation process, from discovery through trial and appeal. She has significant first-chair experience in bench trials, jury trials, arbitrations, and mediation.

Suzette’s practice also includes drafting and reviewing business contracts. She has prepared personnel manuals and advised clients on employee discipline and recordkeeping.