Julia Sherwin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Oakland, CA

Haddad & Sherwin LLP
 | 505 Seventeenth Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-452-5500
Fax: 510-452-5510
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights
Attorney Profile

Julia Sherwin is a civil rights trial lawyer and partner at Haddad & Sherwin LLP in Oakland, California, where she represents individuals in wrongful death and serious injury cases against governmental entities and corporations. Ms. Sherwin represents clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California.

Ms. Sherwin has handled numerous high-profile, cutting edge cases that have created extensive reforms in various areas of the law, including First Amendment issues, civil rights, constitutional law, police misconduct and wrongful death.  She handled the first case in the country to find that administrative law judges have a First Amendment right to make decisions free of outside pressure.  She obtained injunctive relief creating the State of California's first mandatory training and curriculum for public schools to combat homophobia in the classroom, in a case that also struck down a public school's ban on controversial speech in the classroom as unconstitutional.  After four and a half years of litigation and completing the first week of an estimated eight-week trial, she obtained the largest civil rights wrongful death settlement in California history at the time ($8.3 million), plus sweeping injunctive relief throughout the State of California requiring the nation's largest correctional healthcare corporation (Corizon Health, Inc.), to stop violating the law and start having qualified nurses or higher level care providers conduct all patient assessments, instead of uncredentialed LVN's.

Ms. Sherwin is the Vice-President of the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP, www.npapjustice.org), and a former Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Northern District of California Judicial Conferences.  As a Lawyer Representative, she organized the "Civil in Name Only" CLE at the 2013 Judicial Conference and provided model professionalism guidelines for consideration by the Court, which resulted in the Court adopting its Guidelines for Professional Conduct (http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/professional_conduct_guidelines). She is a member and Past Board Member (2007) of the Consumer Attorneys of California, a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA), and Past President (2007) of the Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA). She also served as a board member for the Detroit chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and as a Barrister with the American Inns of Court.  Ms. Sherwin is admitted to practice in both California and Michigan.

Ms. Sherwin is Rated AV Preeminent* by the prestigious peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Civil Rights (100%): Police Misconduct

Focus Areas

Police Misconduct

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2019

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About Julia Sherwin

Admitted: 1997, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.haddadandsherwin.com/lower.php?url=attorney-profi...

Honors/Awards:

  • Community Service Award, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 1999
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Vice-President and Executive Committee Member, National Police Accountability Project, www.npapjustice.org, 2017
  • Speaker, International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 2017
  • Vice-President and Executive Committee Member, National Police Accountability Project, www.npapjustice.org, 2016
  • Speaker, International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Vienna, Austria, 2015
  • President, Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2007
  • Admitted to practice law in California, 1997
  • Barrister, American Inns of Court, 1996
  • Executive Committee, Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, 1996
  • Admitted to practice law in Michigan, 1995
  • Board Member, National Police Accountability Project, 2010 to the present
  • Executive Committee Member, National Police Accountability Project, 2014 to the present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers (SFTLA)
  • Past Executive Board Member, Detroit chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA, now called AAJ)
  • Lawyer Representative, 9th Circuit Judicial Conference and Northern District of California Judicial Conference, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Past Board Member, Downtown Oakland Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Former Volunteer Board member, Downtown Oakland Association

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $1.1 million verdict, including $100,000 in punitive damages, against a San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy who sent his police dog to attack a senior citizen who was helping his friend look for her cat., 2017
  • $5.5 million for a man severely beaten by two Alameda County Sheriff's deputies, crushing both of his hands as they protected his head from deadly force blows from the deputies' batons., 2017
  • $6.7 million for a completely innocent mother who insisted Santa Clara police officers obtain a warrant before entering her home to arrest her teenage daughter.  In retaliation, the officers broke into her home, swung her around and smashed her ankle on the outside wall of her home, causing permanent, debilitating injuries., 2017
  • $2.2 million wrongful death damages plus policy and training changes requiring the Fresno Police Department to reform its deadly force policy to require an officer to face an immediate threat before shooting a person, to require officers to assess the need for every shot before shooting, and to require investigators to consider and include in their reports the statements of eyewitnesses that contradict officers' versions of what happened during an incident., 2016
  • $8.3 million settlement during trial: the largest civil rights wrongful death settlement in California history, plus comprehensive reforms to Corizon Health, Inc.'s jail medical practices, requiring registered nurses or higher level caregivers to do all nursing assessments in all California facilities where Corizon does business, along with mandatory and regular training of Alameda County Sheriff's deputies on health related matters., 2015
  • $2.6 million wrongful death settlement for a botched SWAT raid by the Monterey County Sheriff's Department., 2013
  • $5.85 million for 44 men who were strip searched in public by Oakland police officers, in addition to the Court striking down the Oakland Police Department's policy allowing public strip searches as unconstitutional., 2012
  • $1.6 million for the mother of a schizophrenic man who committed suicide in Siskiyou County jail., 2012
  • $1.5 million for the parents of a Bipolar man who was beaten and asphyxiated to death by Richmond police officers., 2011
  • $1.6 million for the 80-year-old mother of a disabled woman who was shot in the back by Salinas police officers., 2010
  • $1.5 million present value settlement ($4.55 million structured) for the parents and posthumously born daughter of a young man who was shot in the back and killed by an Oakland Police Officer, 2009
  • Judgment as a matter of law, verdict, and final judgment over $340,000 in favor of two sisters who were held at gunpoint by West Sacramento police officers, 2009
  • $360,000 settlement for a schizophrenic man who was beaten by San Jose police officers, 2009
  • $3.5 million present value settlement for the wife and young son of an Oakland Police Officer who was killed by "friendly fire", 2006
  • Sweeping police crowd control policy changes and substantial damages settlements for six Plaintiffs who were injured by the Oakland police at a peace demonstration at the Port of Oakland, 2006
  • $4.35 million present value ($10.9 million structured) medical malpractice settlement for failure to diagnose a serious cardiac condition in a 9-year-old boy, 2005
  • $1.2 million verdict in favor of the mother of a schizophrenic man who was shot and killed by Fairfield and Vacaville police officers, 2001
  • The State of California's first mandatory training program in public schools to combat discrimination and harassment against gay and lesbian students and teachers, followed by an emotional distress damages verdict of $500,000 and ultimately a $1.1 million settlement for a teacher who was disciplined for protecting gay and lesbian students, 2001
  • The first jury verdict in the country for a public entity's deliberately indifferent failure to train its employees about language-based discrimination, 2000
  • Lead counsel on a case of first impression nationally to recognize the First Amendment rights of Administrative Law Judges to make decisions free of outside pressure (Perry v. McGinnis, 209 F.3d 597 (6th Cir. 2000)), 2000
  • Successfully opposed mandatory employment arbitration in the leading case in the Michigan Supreme Court at the time (Heurtebise v. Reliable Business Computers, Inc., 452 Mich. 405 (1996), cert. den. 520 U.S. 1142 (1997)), 1997
  • Heurtebise v. Reliable Business Computers, Inc., 452 Mich. 405, 550 N.W. 2d 243 (1996), cert. den.
  • Perry v. McGinnis, 209 F.3d 597 (6th Cir. 2000)
  • $412,500 settlement for San Francisco 49ers fan whose elbow was broken by an Oakland Police officer at an Oakland Raiders-49ers game, 2011
  • $205,000 verdict plus a finding for punitive damages liability for two men who were strip searched on the street by Oakland police officer Ingo Mayer, with 39 more clients' cases pending, 2011
  • $217,000 verdict for Type 1 diabetic Mr. Universe who was beaten by Redwood City police officers while he was in insulin shock, 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, A.B. with Class Honors, Double Major in Anthropology and Germanic Linguistics & Literature, 1990

Industry Groups

  • National Police Accountability Project
Office Location for Julia Sherwin

505 Seventeenth Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-452-5500

Fax: 510-452-5510

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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