Jane Frankel Sims
Founder & Managing Attorney
Law Office of Jane Frankel Sims LLC
When Jane Frankel Sims opened her boutique estates and trusts law practice in Towson in 2008, she felt certain of two things. The first was that a law practice that focused on one concentrated area would allow her to deepen her knowledge of the subject matter and also to serve better her clients.
The second was that legal clients are often fearful of unexpected costs. The fix for that, she felt, was to adopt a flat-fee model. This immediately eases the biggest stressor in any attorney/client relationship – billing, Sims said.
“Having a clear understanding of the costs before the engagement begins makes for a pleasant and productive business relationship,” she said. “I cannot emphasize enough the relief and pleasure that clients express.”
Prior to opening her own firm, Sims was the founder and managing partner of Strata Law, an associate at Miles & Stockbridge and an associate at DLA Piper. Sims serves on the board of trustees for Park School, as president of Park School’s Alumni Counsel and the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
In 2014, an interest in supporting first-generation college students led Sims to Stevenson University, where she now serves on the board and advocated for the creation of a multiyear scholarship for undergraduates who need emergency financial assistance to remain in school. Sims also serves as a mentor to a paralegal in her firm, who was a lawyer in her native Mexico and moved to the United States to improve her English. With Sims’ guidance, she enrolled in the University of Baltimore Law School and is learning the field of trusts and estates.
Sims received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.