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Laurie E. Sherwood is a partner in WFBM's San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on employment, construction defect, general liability/premises work, travel and tour operator, toxic tort and public entity litigation. Throughout her career, Laurie has successfully represented municipalities, corporations, manufacturers, distributors, and general contractors/subcontractors in multiple-party and complex litigation. Laurie has also been involved in several trials and has handled numerous mediations involving these types of claims. Her successes include summary judgments, favorable settlements and obtaining dismissals in a variety of litigation matters. Laurie frequently gives presentations in various areas including employment practices, construction litigation, and toxic exposure.
Law School achievements: Judicial Extern to the Honorable Claudia Wilken, United States District Court, 1991; Executive Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 1990-1991.
Authored: The Child Care Tax Credit: An Investment in the Future, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review (1991).
After spending nine wonderful and challenging years as a high school teacher and vice-principal, Laurie sought a new challenge and career. Born and raised in Southern California, she ventured north for law school and now resides in Vallejo, the gateway to the Napa Valley, with her goofy golden retriever, Zoe.
Over the years, Laurie chaired a local Commission and served as a CASA (Court appointed Special Advocates) volunteer. Currently, she serves on the LMU Alumni Board of Directors and the Sever College of Science and Engineering Executive Committee. Laurie loves traveling, early morning work-outs, cooking & entertaining, food & wine and a good book. If you are in the Bay Area, Laurie would be glad to be your tour guide in Napa and Sonoma!
Recent Presentations, Conferences & Speaking Engagements
"Effective Management Tools for Avoiding Litigation", San Francisco, CA (April 2013); Wausau, WI (April 2013)
"Uppers, Downers and News from Our Courts and the FDA", Dallas, TX (October 2012)
"The Nuts and Bolts of Construction Litigation", Charlotte, NC (August 2012); Stevens Point, WI (February 2011)
"What the Tweet?! Collecting and Using Social Media Evidence to Investigate Claims", Dallas, TX (October 2012); Charlotte, NC (August 2012); Wausau, WI (April 2012); Stevens Point, WI (March 2012)
"The Art of the Tender", Wausau, WI (April 2012)
"He Said/She Said: Workplace Harassment & Retaliation - What Every Claims Representative Needs To Know", Stevens Point, WI (February 2012)
"Recent Developments in Toxic Tort Litigation", Philadelphia, PA (May 2011)
"Wage & Hour Update 2010", Huntington Beach, CA (September 2010)
Representative Trials and ADR
Heffel v. Construction Company; Construction Defect, Defense verdict.
Demps v. City Housing Authority; Employment Law, Motion for summary judgment granted.
Rucker v. City Housing Authority; Employment Law, Motion for summary judgment granted.
Adekunjo v. City Housing Authority; Employment Law, Motion for summary judgment granted.
Remboldt v. Berry Petroleum Company; Toxic Tort (Benzene Exposure), Motion for summary judgment granted.
Galvin v. Pacific Valley Home Improvement; Construction Defect, Settlement for client was less than 20% of global settlement.
Gordon v. Travel Company; Travel Law, Settlement was 20% of initial demand.
Loyola Marymount University
Mount St. Mary's College (M.S. 1985)
University of California,
Hastings College of the Law
State Bar of California
Bar Association of San Francisco
National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Loyola Marymount University Alumni
Association Board of Directors,
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States District Court,
Central and Northern Districts
Areas of Practice
Life Sciences Litigation
Public Entity Defense
Toxic Tort Litigation
Travel Litigation Defense