Lisa Sherman has practiced labor and employment law for over twenty years, having learned her craft, predominantly representing employers, management, and executives at the nation's largest labor and employment law firm, several highly prestigious boutique law firms in California and Nevada, and as in-house Corporate Counsel for a multi-million dollar California-based Company where she was in charge of employment-related transactional matters involving its thousands of employees, working internally at twelve offices in three states and externally working at healthcare facilities nationwide. In addition, she also was the client, where she was in charge of retaining, overseeing and approving outside legal counsel to represent the Company. Since striking out on her own, Ms. Sherman has collaborated, assisted and co-counseled with Teren Law Group on a variety of employment law matters with great success.
Aside from her busy law practice, Ms. Sherman is married to a loveable, sport-o-phyle with type B personality to balance out her Type A++ personality. He remains devoted to her, despite never having won a single argument and with no realistic prospects to do so in the future. Together, they have raised two beautiful daughters, ages 18 and almost 16 (yikes!), each of whom, is grateful for what she has (most of the time), values what is important in life (almost all of the time), and will make a mark on the world in a profound way.
Labor and Employment Law
Undergraduate: University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, B.A. (1990) Double Major: Economics and Political Science; Management Certificate in Finance.
Law School: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri J.D. (1993,) awarded American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy.
- Admitted to the Nevada Bar in October 1993.
- Admitted to the California Bar in May 1995.
- Licensed to practice law in California and Nevada.
- Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles Bar.
- Association of Workplace Investigators, co-chair of West Los Angeles section.
- American Bar Association, member of Law Practice & Solo sections
- Member of UpCounsel
Certified in Conducting Advanced Workplace Investigations by the Association of Workplace Investigators in 2014.
Accolades & Recognition
- The Los Angeles Daily Journal (California's premiere newspaper for attorneys) featured Sherman Law Corporation in its Solo & Small Law Firm Section on November 28, 2014, entitled, Shared Opportunities.
- Prevailed on all but one motion for summary judgment. The one loss resulted in a defense verdict after a bench trial.
- The Honorable Otis D. Wright issued an Order on February 10, 2014, granting plaintiff Cacique Inc.’s motions for summary judgment on cross-complaint and denied defendant Reynaldo’s cross-motion for summary judgment in Cacique v. Reynaldos Mexican Food Company LLC, Case No.2:13-cv-1018-ODW (Central District of California 2/10/14). This case involved the interpretation of the term “affiliated entities” in a settlement agreement executed in a prior employment case involving one of the principals. This case was reported by Justia, Leagle, and Courthouse News, and Law 360. Articles regarding the case were reported by, Allen Matkins, California Corporate & Securities Law blog, 2014-02-14, “In Drafting a Release, You May Want to Define “Affiliate.”
Lisa Sherman, who served as “Of Counsel” to Leader Counsel prepared the winning papers.
- The Los Angeles Daily Journal reported dismissal of a sexual harassment case ten days prior to trial in its Verdicts & Settlements section on May 12, 2000 resulting in a judgement in favor of the employer, Rocky Cola Cafe and an award of sanctions in the amount of $15,000 against plaintiff and her attorneys, Michael Miller and Molly Walker. The Glendale News-Press reported on the dismissal of the case, the $15,000 fine against Plaintiff’s counsel, and dissolution of their law firm on January 7, 2000.
- The Los Angeles Daily Journal reported in its Verdicts & Settlements January 8, 1999 edition, the defense verdict in favor of the employer, Schaefer Ambulance Service, Inc., who Ms. Sherman represented.
Prior Law Firm Employment Law Experience
- Kamer & Ricciardi, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the largest labor and employment law firm in Nevada, representing the largest employers in Nevada, including many of the casinos in litigation and transactional matters.
- Littler, Mendelson, in Los Angeles, California, the nation’s largest labor and employment law firm, exclusively representing employers who were primarily Fortune 500 national employers in cutting-edge litigation matters.
- Knee & Ross, LLP & Korshak, Kracoff, Kong & Sugano, LLP, boutique management side labor and employment law firms, representing employers from sole proprietors to large employers and high-profile celebrities, executives and management in pre-litigation and litigation matters.
- Leader Counsel, LLC, boutique litigation and transactional law firm, primarily handling employment-related litigation and transactional matters.
In-House Corporate and Employment Experience
HRN Services, Inc., Corporate Counsel of national nursing staffing agency who employed thousands of employees nationwide internally and externally at healthcare facilities; responsible for employment issues arising from internal employees at twelve offices and external nursing employees nationwide and overseeing transactional and litigation matters.
Independent Workplace Investigator
Retained by employers to serve as an independent investigator of workplace disputes and serve as a witness regarding the investigation if litigation ensues.
- Supervisor and Employee Training re: Unlawful Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation and Bullying for California employers under AB 1825.
- Supervisor/Manager Training 101(including, Hiring, Violence, Investigations, Discipline, Documentation, Electronic Communications, wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, retaliation claims, Confidentiality, Trade Secrets, Liability, Leaves of Absences, Medical Conditions/Disabilities, Reporting Obligations, Terminations, etc.)
- Human Resource Training on Employer Required Compliance (mandatory training, personnel records, personnel policies, pre-employment and post-employment practices, documentation, reporting, forms, administering leaves, benefits, state and federal law compliance)
- Training for IT/or personnel managing technology, devices, and electronic communications and records regarding legal requirements, policies, practices, and processes for compliance with protection of company’s non-public information, trade secrets/ proprietary information, issuing, enforcing and implementing legal holds, preservation of potentially relevant evidence upon notice of anticipated litigation and compliance with legal obligations in response to subpoenas, audits and legal actions.
- Panelist/Speaker/Instructor with forensic consultants Dave Townsend and Benjamin Rose from Townsend, Carden & Rose, Inc., entitled, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Digital Evidence But Were Afraid to Ask!” at the 6th Annual Conference for the Association of Workplace Investigators. (October 24, 2015). The seminar focused on the preservation, collection and use of digital evidence during workplace investigations.
- Instructor for California CLE Ethics Course entitled, “Navigating the Ethical Minefield of Social Media” for California Attorneys in December 2013.
Lead Author of Sisters-in-Law a humorous self-help guide for aspiring and professional female lawyers published by Sourcebooks in August 2004, with an initial launch party and book signing at Borders bookstore in Santa Monica, California followed by interviews and featured in various publications, including The National Law Journal, Publishers Weekly, Star Tribune, Complete Woman magazine, American Bar Association, National Jurist, New York Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Section of the New York State Bar Association, and The Recorder.
- Lead Author of “California’s New E-Competence Rule” in the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Section of Litigation, Employment & Labor Relations Law, Winter 2016, Vol. 14, No. 1 January 8, 2016 and as an article featured on January 16, 2016 in the Section of Litigation, Ethics & Professionalism section.
- Lead Author of “Raising the Bar on E-Discovery” published by Law.com on August 26, 2015 and is available on Lexis-Nexis, Legal News, and “E-Discovery Competence: Beyond the Rules” published in The Recorder, Vol. 139, No. 35, August 31, 2015.
- Author of “The Economic Realities of Employment Class Actions” in ABA Section of Litigation, Employment & Labor Relations Law, Spring 2015, Vol. 13, No. 2 in April 2015.
- Author of “High Cost of Recruitment of At-Will Employees, Employment Law Legal Update, Winter 2004.
- Author of “Exempt or Not Exempt under the Administrative Exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act- That is the Question, 11 The Labor Lawyer 209 (1995), cited by, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, "Charles Nichols, John W. Smith v. World Business Network, 105 F.3d 1361,1366, fn.1 (11th Cir. 1997) and numerous law journals and legal publications, including, Julianna Poindexter, Kent Law, “Has the FLSA Failed to Adapt to the New Information and Service Economy? The Case of Insurance Adjusters,” P.7, Fn. 31 (2007); Lee & Camp, Gibson Dunn, American Employment Law Council “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Suggestions for Compliance and Reform” P. 1, Fn. 3 (2002), Ashley M. Rothe, Comment, <"Blackberrys and the Fair Labor Standards Act; Does a Wireless Ball and Chain Entitle White-Collar Workers to Overtime Compensation?" 54 St. Louis L.J. 709, 723, fn. 129 (2010) and Corporate FindLaw, Paul DeCamp, “Overtime Collection and Class Actions: The Need for Reform” fn. 6.
- Author of “The New Legal Challenge to Employee Participation,” 45 Labor Law Journal 1 (1994)
- Author of “Sexually Provocative Dress Code May Result in Liability,” Nevada Labor Letter, Vol. II, No. 5, May 1994.
- Author of “Managing Leaves of Absence and Controlling Fraud,” Personnel Law Update Seminar, Spring 1994.
- Author of “Fraternization and Dating Policies: May Employers Regulate Matters of the Heart?” 8 Personnel Law Update 12 (1993).