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James B. Sherman
President and CEO
Managing Shareholder of Minneapolis office
Executive Committee Chair
JAMES B. SHERMAN is a named shareholder at the firm. Mr. Sherman began his career in labor and employment law by being involved in one of the most notable labor disputes in the country at the time, in Austin, Minnesota.
Throughout his education James Sherman held various jobs each summer and often during the school year, to help pay for his education. Jim calls this having some “skin in the game” and intends to impart this principle to his children.
“I have come to cherish the relationships I have developed over many years with clients throughout the Midwest and beyond.”
Upon joining what was then Wessels and Associates, Mr. Sherman was instrumental in establishing the firm’s employment litigation practice in Illinois and Wisconsin over 20 years ago. After practicing for many years in Wisconsin and Illinois, he then went on to found the firm’s Minnesota office in 1998.
Mr. Sherman continues to regularly represent clients in the state and federal courts of all three states – Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois – as well in as Iowa, Indiana and many other states by special appearance/court permission. “I have come to cherish the relationships I have developed over many years with the clients, referring attorneys and co-counsel I have worked with throughout the Midwest and beyond, and I enjoy the travel that goes with my regional law practice,” says Mr. Sherman.
James B. Sherman is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as the federal court for the Southern District of Indiana. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits (covering the Upper Midwest) and since 1997 he has been duly admitted and qualified to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Sherman has extensive experience representing employers before a wide variety of federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); Department of Labor (DOL); Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP); Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) and Human Rights Commission (MHRC); Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) and Human Rights Commission (IHRC); Wisconsin Department of Industry Labor and Human Relations (DILHR) and its Equal Rights Division (Wisconsin ERD); among many others. He has also arbitrated many grievances and cases under union contracts and commercial/employment arbitration agreements.
An experienced practitioner and litigator, Mr. Sherman has successfully represented employers in achieving many ground-breaking results, not only on behalf of his clients but also by setting important legal precedent that has benefitted many other employers across the country. His legal accomplishments have earned James B. Sherman the distinguished AV® Preeminent Rating in Labor & Employment Law with Martindale-Hubbell™ based upon its rigorous nation-wide survey of peers in the legal profession. In addition, he has been selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list: 2015-2018, 2022-2023.
Mr. Sherman regularly counsels employers and defends them against discrimination or harassment claims of all kinds (age, race, disability, sex, etc.); claims of retaliation and/or whistleblowing; wrongful discharge; wage, overtime and commission claims; and employment contract disputes. He also drafts and enforces employment agreements, including non-compete and other restrictive covenants as well as severance agreements and employee handbooks.
Given his broad geographical and substantive experience in the concentrated field of labor, employment and workplace law, Mr. Sherman routinely accepts referrals and/or works with referring attorneys, accountants and other business professionals as local counsel or as a trusted resource for their clients. Additionally, Mr. Sherman is a frequent presenter to businesses as well as business, trade and industry groups, and he is a highly sought-after trainer for human resource professionals as well as workplace managers and supervisors.
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