Meet the Lawyers

My name is Benham Sims and I am the lawyer who helped write and pass expungement reform in Kentucky. I was the lawyer tasked by the Bill's sponsor to secure labor and business support. I was the Kentucky lawyer who testified for the Bill's passage to the House Judiciary Committee. I spent years lobbying and meeting with legislative leaders, Governors, business, civic, and labor leaders to secure their support for this bill. Expungement is my passion in the law. I want to help you.

I am also a former Judge and Prosecutor. I was Special Counsel to the Kentucky DUI Task Force, Police Prosecutor of the Year, MADD Prosecutor of the Year, and the youngest recipient of Kentucky's Outstanding Public Servant Award presented by Attorney General Ben Chandler on behalf of the Kentucky Prosecutor's Advisory Council. I was appointed by Governor Beshear as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court and served as Audit Chair and Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Lottery Board. In private practice, I am a five-time winner of the Louisville Magazine Best Lawyers Award. My whole career has been devoted to improving the criminal justice system in Kentucky.

While I am proud of my career, the issue that means the most to me as a lawyer and as a Kentuckian has been my work helping people just like you expunge their Kentucky Criminal Record. I know through my research on this issue and my experience in our courts, that securing an expungement will result in a 50% increase in your likelihood of securing employment and lead to you making on average 25% more money within two years of expunging your record. I know that by being able to secure full-time employment with a good job and benefits, you are no more likely to re-offend than the Judge who sentenced you. Securing an expungement is transformative for the individuals and their families. It means that people can vote, hunt with their families, volunteer at their children's school, and most of all to close the door on that chapter of their lives. This is simply the most meaningful work I could ever do as a lawyer.

I want to help you and help you as fast as the statutes will permit. I will incorporate your Kentucky Criminal record into the email I send you later today. Please carefully review your Courtnet 2.0 record I will be sending you. While Courtnet's database is quite good in documenting charges committed after 1998, if your charge predates 1998, we will likely find those charges on the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts Criminal Record and the Kentucky State Police Certificate of Expungement Eligibility. We are required to order and pay ($42.50) for these records and are required by statute to affix them to every petition for expungement of a conviction in Kentucky.

Finally, I can see things that other lawyers might miss because I helped write House Bill 40 and because I have reviewed thousands of records in my career. I deal with judges, prosecutors, clerks all over the Commonwealth. I work with supervisors in the records divisions of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Court and the Kentucky State Police as well as courthouses throughout the Commonwealth. I hope to see problems in your case that other lawyers will not see for months. We can correct it now and make you eligible for expungement faster. Just call me or text me at (502) 648-1759.

I look forward to working with you!

Chairman Benham J, Sims, III testifies before the House Judiciary Committee being introduced by House Bill 40 Expungement Bill Sponsor House. Judiciary Chairman the late Rep. Darryl Owens. Also testifying is Greather Louisville Inc President, Sarah Davasher-Wisdom.

Chairman Benham J. Sims with his grandfather and Kentucky Civil Rights Legend, Congressman and famed lawyer John Y. Brown, Sr

Benham J. Sims with his wife former Jefferson Circuit Family Judge Deborah Deweese

Judge Benham Sims being introduced at his induction ceremony by his uncle Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.

Founder and Chairman Benham Sims, introducing his Uncle John Y. Brown on winning the Kentucky Civil Rights Award for Governor Brown and his grandfather Congressman John Y. Brown, Sr for Authorship and passage of the first Civil Rights Bill passed in the Sounth in 1966. House Bill 1 in 1966 was called the most important and progressive piece of legislation passed in the South since the Civil War in a telegram sent to Kentucky Governor Ned Breathett by Dr. Martin Luther King.