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Sherman M. Spitz is one of the most experienced trial attorneys in California, having tried more than 90 cases to jury verdict. A particular focus of his practice is substituting into cases at the eleventh hour and getting excellent results in the courtroom. Sherman is rated A.V., the highest rating, by Martindale Hubbell.
Sherman is well-versed in all aspects of litigation at the pretrial, trial, and appellate levels in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.
Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Sherman has successfully litigated a wide range of civil litigation cases, including business litigation, insurance bad faith, employment, and personal injury litigation. He also has handled legal malpractice, healthcare-provider negligence, and police abuse cases.
Sherman has extensive experience in defending insurance carriers in litigated, as well as non-litigated, matters.
In addition to being named to the list of Best Lawyers for 2016, from 2012-2016 he was named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, with recognition to the lists of "Top 50" Orange County Super Lawyers from 2013-2016 and "Top 100" Southern California Super Lawyers in 2015.
Over the years, he has developed a niche specialty in protecting the insurance carriers' interests in arson and/or fraud claims, including defending the carriers in bad faith litigation, pursuing declaratory relief actions and conducting examinations under oath.
In select cases that have not presented a conflict of interest, Sherman has also represented insureds against insurance carriers. He has lectured on numerous topics related to claims investigation and good faith claims handling.
Sherman has achieved a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of plaintiffs, including a $7.5 million settlement in a wrongful death action and a $6.5 million settlement in an employment discrimination case. He has also obtained numerous defense verdicts.
From 1979 to 1981, Sherman served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, where he conducted scores of jury trials and hundreds of preliminary hearings. Sherman is one of two founding partners of Berger Kahn’s Orange County Office, which was opened in 1984.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Best Lawyers of America – Litigation-Insurance||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Principal||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1988 - Present|
|Attorney||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1982 - Present|
|Deputy District Attorney||District Attorney's Office, Los Angeles County||1979 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Favorable Result by Principal Sherman Spitz Led to Recent Appeal Victory||Berger Kahn Principal Sherman Spitz represented a large company in a case that was subsequently defended upon appeal years later,|
|$7.5 million settlement in a wrongful death action||$7.5 million settlement in a wrongful death action|
|$6.5 million settlement in an employment discrimination case||$6.5 million settlement in an employment discrimination case|
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|Super Lawyers||Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2016|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2015|
|Orange County Bar Association||O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn Attorneys for Selection to Super Lawyers “Top” Lists||2015|
|Best Lawyers||Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Managing Partner Craig Simon and Principals Sherman Spitz, Lance LaBelle, Stephan Cohn and David Ezra to 2016 List||2015|
|Coast Magazine||Coast Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” Features Principals Craig Simon, Sherman Spitz, Lance LaBelle, David Ezra, and Erin Mindoro||2015|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”||2015|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition||2015|
|CNN||CNN iReport Features Principal Sherman Spitz in “A Trial Lawyer’s Quest to be a Juror”||2015|
|Business Insurance Magazine||Business Insurance Magazine Highlights Berger Kahn in “Partner Sherman Spitz Takes on Ford Motor Company for Vehicle Fire”||2014|
|Daily Journal||Daily Journal Features Principal Sherman Spitz in “Irvine-Based Attorney Brings Warranty Case Against Ford”||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2014|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2014|
|O.C. Bar Association||O.C. Bar Association Recognizes Berger Kahn for Top Honors in O.C. Metro, Super Lawyers||2014|
|Orange County Attorney Journal||Attorney Journal Profiles 30-Year Anniversary of Berger Kahn in Orange County||2014|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2013|
|Daily Journal||Daily Journal: “Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Six Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2013|
|Irvine World News||$540,000 Defense Verdict Won by Partner Sherman Spitz||2012|
|Claremont Courier||Grand Prix Fire Attorney Cleared In Claim – Interview With Partner Sherman Spitz||2012|
|International Business Times||$540K Defense Verdict Won by Sherman Spitz in Claims From 2003 Inland Empire Grand Prix Fires||2012|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|University of California - Los Angeles||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|OCBA Insurance Section Meeting||Trying the Insurance Bad Faith Case: Creating and Developing Themes for the Case||2013|
|Featured Speaker at National Litigation Counsel Conference||Featured Speaker at National Litigation Counsel Conference||2011|
|Featured Speaker at State Farm's California Retained Counsel Seminar||Featured Speaker at State Farm's California Retained Counsel Seminar||2010|
|MCLE Course||The Anatomy of Bad Faith Claims||N/A|
|Featured Speaker at CNA Conference||Featured Speaker at CNA Conference||N/A|
|Farmers Property School||Good Faith/Bad Faith Claims Handling||N/A|