Sherman M. Spitz

Sherman M. Spitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Irvine, CA

Berger Kahn, A Law Corporation
 | 1 Park Plaza, Suite 340, Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-474-1880
Fax: 949-313-5029
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%)
Attorney Profile

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 2016-present Best Lawyers, from 2012-present he has been named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, with recognition to the lists of “Top 50″ Orange County Super Lawyers from 2013-present, and “Top 100″ Southern California Super Lawyers in 2015 and again in 2017. 

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.

About Sherman Spitz

Admitted: 1978, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • “America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators” Lifetime Achievement Honor, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • “America’s Top 100 Attorneys” Lifetime Achievement Honor, 2018
  • Sherman is AV rated (the highest legal rating) by Martindale Hubbell., Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • “America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators 2018”, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Orange County Bar Association.
  • Speaker, MCLE course with the Orange County Bar Association Insurance Law Section,  "Trying the Insurance Bad Faith Claim: Creating and Developing Themes for the Case," 2013, 2013
  • Speaker, MCLE course with the Orange County Bar Association, "The Anatomy of Bad Faith Claims"
  • Sherman Spitz of Berger Kahn Accepted Into American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) IRVINE, Calif., June 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sherman M. Spitz, an esteemed trial attorney and Shareholder at Berger Kahn, was recently accepted into the elite membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an association of experienced and professional trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the conservation of the civil jury trial and the rights of the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution. Membership is by invitation only, requires a good standing with the Bar, and a strong record of jury trial experience. Spitz is also frequently involved in supporting the next generation of trial attorneys, with recent lectures at O.C. Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy on opening and closing arguments at trial, and with an appearance at the Southwestern School of Law Moot Court where he served as the “Chief Justice.” Says Managing Partner Craig Simon of Spitz’s recognition, “Sherm and I opened this law firm more than three decades ago together. He is a stellar individual, an impeccable trial attorney and a person I’m proud to call my partner and my friend.”ABOUT BERGER KAHN: Berger Kahn is a California-based law firm with practice areas including insurance coverage and litigation, business litigation, labor and employment, serious personal injury and wrongful death, and subrogation. The firm has offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area.http://www.bergerkahn.com SHERMAN SPITZ: Sherman M. Spitz is a shareholder at Berger Kahn’s Orange County office and is one of the most experienced trial attorneys in California having tried more than 90 cases to jury verdict. He has obtained multi-million verdicts and settlements, including a $1.2 million settlement during trial on behalf of a brain injured man, a $6.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in an employment discrimination case, and a $7.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in a wrongful death action. Mr. Spitz is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers 2016-present and was named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers from 2012-present. ABOTA: ABOTA seeks attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity, to help attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment., 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Served as a featured speaker at State Farm's California Retained Counsel Seminar., Speaker, State Farm, 2010
  • Served as featured speaker at National Litigation Counsel Conference., Speaker, Hartford Insurance, 2011
  • Speaker, Farmers Property School, Good Faith/Bad Faith Claims Handling, State Farm lecturer, and speaker at the CNA conference in Chigaco


  • Achieved numerous defense verdicts as a trial lawyer
  • Achieved a $6.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in an employment discrimination case.
  • Won a $7.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in a wrongful death action, 2008
  • Obtained a $1.2 million personal injury settlement during trial on behalf of a 60-year-old Orange County auto mechanic. The case involved complicated legal issues of contractual obligations involving maintenance of facilities, liability, negligence, and workers' compensation., 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Sherman was featured in the inaugural issue of The Legal OC Blog, in "Profile: 11th Hour Trial Lawyer." , 2011
  • Sherman was quoted in the March 10, 2012 article "Grand Prix fire attorney cleared in claim" in the Claremont Courier, on his recent defense verdict win, clearing his client of an alleged $540,000 claim in the Los Angeles Superior Court Pomona., 2012

Educational Background:

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
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Office Location for Sherman M. Spitz

1 Park Plaza, Suite 340
Irvine, CA 92614

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Last Updated: 8/5/2019

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