I represent individuals and businesses in civil and criminal litigation at the state and federal levels. I employ a passion for advocacy, a keen intellect, broad industry experience, and a technical background to obtain consistently positive results for my clients.
I focus on complex cases in the practice areas of criminal defense and business litigation. In my criminal defense practice, I focus on clients who have not committed the offenses charged, whose constitutional rights have been violated, or whose cases are particularly complex or paper-intensive, such as “white collar” cases. In my business litigation practice, I focus on disputes such as shareholder disputes, contract disputes with vendors or customers, and employee theft.
My unique path to practicing law has provided a wealth of experiences that enrich my practice and afford me an extraordinary perspective on my cases and clients. With an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, I joined the Silicon Valley workforce nearly four decades ago. After enjoying a successful career in the computer industry as a Software Development Engineer, Software Project Manager, and Sales Representative in a variety of high-tech companies, including Hewlett Packard, I turned my attention to raising my children. During that time, I authored a number of non-fiction articles and essays, and a book, A Housekeeper Is Cheaper Than a Divorce: Why You CAN Afford to Hire Help and How to Get It. I then entered law school as a “mature” student, graduated summa cum laude.
I am admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in California, as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I thrive on complex cases because they allow me to combine my love of oral and written advocacy with my enthusiasm for technical detail and analysis.
Disclaimer: None of the endorsements below constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter in which I provide representation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Summa Cum Laude||Santa Clara University School of Law||2005|
|Magna Cum Laude||University of Scranton||1978|
|Principal||Kathleen Sherman, Attorney at Law||2017 - Present|
|Litigation Attorney||Berliner Cohen, LLP||2009 - 2017|
|Criminal Research Attorney||San Mateo County Superior Court||2006 - 2009|
|Contract Attorney||Nolan Armstrong & Barton LLP||2005 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Patent and Trademark Office||Admitted to Practice||2012 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2005 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association, High Technology Section||Executive Committee Member||2012 - 2016|
|San Mateo County Bar Association||Member||2006 - 2009|
|Berliner Cohen, LLP||Effective Counsel Must Understand Poorly-Defined Trade Secrets Litigation Procedures||2015|
|Editors: Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler, Dial Press, 2005||Women’s Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present (Contributor)||2005|
|Editor: Anna Holmes, Carol & Graf Publishers, 2002||Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair (Contributor)||2002|
|Life Tools Press, 2000||A Housekeeper Is Cheaper Than a Divorce: Why You CAN Afford to Hire Help and How to Get It||2000|
|The Dollar Stretcher.com||Is Household Help a Luxury?||2000|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Scranton||B.S.||1978|
|5th Annual From Having it All to Leaning In Seminar||Reinvent and Lean In to Transition||2017|
|MCLE||Trade Secrets Litigation: Anti-Competition Strategy or Legitimate IP Protection Tool?||2015|
|ABA Women Rainmakers Seminar||How to Ask for New Business and Seal the Deal||2015|
|MCLE||Benefits and Pitfalls of Referring Trade Secret Cases for Criminal Prosecution||2013|
|AAUW Television Program||Changing Careers After 40 (Part II)||2011|
|AAUW Television Program||Changing Careers After 40 (Part I)||2011|
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