Attorney at Law
Her legal practice involves extensive counseling of employers and employees on a broad spectrum of legal issues pertaining to employees, including conducting compliance reviews to aid clients in complying with the numerous statutory and regulatory obligations… read more imposed on employers; advising and drafting personnel practices and procedures; and advising on discipline and termination issues with respect to individual employees when problems arise. She has extensive experience drafting personnel policies and employment agreements, including executive contracts and independent contractor agreements.
Ms. Sherman also represents employers and employees in a variety of administrative proceedings including wage/hour audits and investigations, multi-agency task force audits and investigations, administrative appeals, individual wage claims, employment tax and independent contractor audits. She has extensive experience responding to complaints of discrimination and harassment filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement and the federal Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Sherman defends employers, managers and supervisors in civil suits for breach of contract, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation in state and federal court. Ms. Sherman has also participated in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Ms. Sherman conducts on-site seminars for employers, managers and supervisors regarding all topics in her practice area, including prevention of unlawful harassment and the steps to be taken when an unlawful harassment complaint arises. She also conducts independent investigations of harassment and discrimination complaints.
Before practicing employment law, Ms. Sherman graduated from the University of Rochester in 1990 double majoring in Economics and Political Science. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993, and was awarded an American Jurispudence Award in Trial Advocacy.
She began her legal career as an associate in the labor and employment law firm, Kamer & Ricciardi, in Las Vegas, Nevada where she represented many casinos. After becoming engaged, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined Littler, Mendelson, a large law firm exclusively devoted to representing employers in labor and employment matters. A few years later, she joined the law firm of Knee & Ross, LLP, where she continued to represent management at a boutique law firm. Following the birth of her second child, she contracted for Korschak, Kracoff, Kong & Sugano, LLP, Greenberg & Weinmann, and most recently, worked in-house at HRN Services, Inc., serving as their Corporate Counsel. Ms. Sherman is a member of the California Bar and of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Sherman has authored, “Exempt or Not Exempt under the Administrative Exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act- That is the Question, 11 The Labor Lawyer 209 (1995); “The New Legal Challenge to Employee Participation,” 45 Labor Law Journal 1 (1994); “Sexually Provocative Dress Code May Result in Liability,” Nevada Labor Letter, Vol. II, No. 5, May 1994; “Managing Leaves of Absence and Controlling Fraud,” Personnel Law Update Seminar, Spring 1994; and “Fraternization and Dating Policies: May Employers Regulate Matters of the Heart?” 8 Personnel Law Update 12 (1993). She also was the lead author of “Sisters-in-Law,” a humorous advice book for new attorneys and those who wish to pursue a law career, published by Sourcebooks in 2004.
To sharpen her negotiation skills, she learns from the very best, her two teenage daughters and her husband of eighteen years who understands that he only makes the big decisions in their relationship; thankfully, there have been no decisions for him to make.
""It was my first time facing litigation. My Company was sued in two separate lawsuits by an ex-employee. I was referred to lawyers at some of the most prestigious law firms. I was prepared to pay top dollar, but I just didn't feel the top dollar was going to get the attention I needed. The high-priced lawyers would not even call back. Lisa would always call me back. I was impressed with Lisa. She knew my business and me personally by the time it was done and worked tirelessly to defend my Company. In less than six months, she took an aggressive approach which worked. After interviewing all of the employees, preparing detailed job descriptions refuting the wage and hour class action claims, she provided opposing counsel with declarations from former and current employees refuting the rest of the claims and a proposed motion to disqualify the law firm and ex-employee. The law firm and ex-employee voluntarily dismissed the two lawsuits in less than six months with no money paid to either of them by my Company. I know I made the right choice retaining Lisa and so should you!" David O, President & Chief Executive Officer of a California travel company."
"“After the employment attorney hired by my insurance broker to provide harassment training to my Company’s supervisors did not show up, little did I know that her replacement, Lisa Sherman, would win me and my executive management over the way she did. Her presentation, bar none, not only covered what our supervisors needed to know, but gave real life examples from her own litigation experiences and through recent jury verdicts to wake up our management. After Lisa had informed us about a recent jury verdict where the employer fired the employee for stealing a 68 cent bell pepper, we had a similar situation occur right after the training at one of our stores. After seeking the advice of our current employment counsel, and contacting Lisa, we were sold on her. Since then we have retained her as our employment counsel. After Lisa informed me during harassment training that our proposed employee handbook, that was reviewed by several attorneys and human resource consultants still needed work, she not only reduced her rates to get it done, the final product was fantastic. Since then, we call her when we need her and she is always available, cost-efficient and informative. We feel fortunate to have her apart of our Company’s family.” Steve S; President and CEO of Company based in Los Angeles, California, that manufactures its own and private label branded packaged products that are delivered daily to their 11 retail stores and distributed to major supermarket chains across the country and overseas."
Sherman Law Corporation
President and Senior Employment Attorney
Jan 2010 - Present
Provides passionate, personal and cost-effective representation to California employers & employees. This includes advising, negotiating, conducting employer check-ups, customizing compliant workplace policies and procedures, training on-site, conducting independent investigations of employee complaints, representing clients in agency audits, claims, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.
May 2007 - Dec 2010
In-house employment attorney of national nursing staffing agency overseeing thousands of employees in twelve offices, as well as serving as Corporate Counsel overseeing all litigation and various corporate issues affecting the company.
Knee & Ross, LLP
Jun 1996 - Jul 2001
Associate attorney specializing in litigation and counseling for employers.
Mar 1995 - Jun 1996
Associate attorney at large law firm representing employers.
Kamer Zucker Abbott
Aug 1993 - Mar 1995
Associate attorney representing employers.