Sherman, Kendra S.

Kendra S. Sherman


Kendra Sherman advises major corporations, industrial and municipal clients on environmental counseling, compliance and litigation relating to air, water quality, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, wetlands, and underground storage tank matters.

She has appeared before a wide range of federal and state courts and administrative tribunals in successfully defending her corporate and municipal clients in environmental enforcement actions, third party permit challenges, citizen suit litigation and toxic tort cases. She also has considerable experience in defending her clients and prosecuting appeals related to Clean Air Act Title V permits, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, and solid and hazardous waste permits and closure plans. In addition, she has substantial experience counseling lenders, investors, corporations and developers in environmental issues in complex commercial and real estate transactions for land acquisition, sale and development throughout the United States.

During the past five years, including most recently in 2010, Kendra has been consistently selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers-Rising Stars, a distinction that recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association Environmental Law Committee (on which she previously served as co-chair) and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. She is a frequent speaker on various environmental issues at seminars and engagements each year.

Among her many pro bono activities, Kendra is the cofounder of Squire Patton Boggs’ Dispute Resolution and Youth Program, a community service program aimed at teaching dispute resolution skills to inner city youth in Columbus, Ohio in collaboration with The Ohio State University College of Law. In addition, she is actively involved in adoption law advocacy matters and received the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year award from the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School (NCALP) for her community service efforts in the field of adoption law.


  • Advising the world’s largest steel company in evaluating its shale gas reserves in more than 50,000 acres of land located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, and in negotiating leases associated with shale gas development.
  • Representing a large number of steel, pulp and paper, chemicals, and landfill clients in a wide range of environmental advocacy, litigation, compliance, permitting, and state and federal enforcement matters for facilities located in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota, Tennessee, South Carolina and New York.
  • Representing a taconite mine and processing facility in Minnesota in permitting and enforcement matters.
  • Representing an independent power producer in connection with obtaining a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need from the Ohio Power Siting Board for construction of an 850 MW combined cycle natural gas fired electric generating facility in Ohio and related environmental permits.
  • Representing several steel and manufacturing clients in numerous Title V permit appeals before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission and Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication and successful significant air permit negotiations with environmental regulators in Ohio, Indiana and other states.
  • Representing corporations, municipalities and villages in administrative appeals before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission and West Virginia Environmental Quality Board in appeals involving their NPDES permits, solid waste permits and hazardous waste closure plans, and extensive permit negotiations in the settlement and dismissal of the appeals.
  • Representing an ethanol production plant in defense of its air and water permits in appeals filed by a local citizen group, resulting in successful resolution of all issues in the appeals.
  • Representing municipal clients in federal and state court and in administrative hearings in matters involving extraterritorial utility service issues and water and wastewater management planning, utility service and annexation issues.
  • Prosecuting a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit on behalf of a lender client, resulting in a permanent injunction requiring petroleum contamination cleanup of the lender’s property and award of our attorney fees.
  • Representing a municipality in the defense of a Clean Water Act citizen suit filed regarding the city’s combined sewer overflows, resulting in a dismissal of the citizen suit on jurisdictional grounds.
  • Representing several municipal solid waste landfills in permitting and enforcement matters including counseling with respect to the requirements for the filing disclosure statements and obtaining necessary approvals in connection with requirements of the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Background Investigations Unit.
  • Representing a former bituminous coal mining facilities and coal refuse disposal areas in Pennsylvania in acid mine drainage permitting and management matters.


  • The Ohio State University, J.D., managing editor, Ohio State Law Journal, 1997
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1992


  • Ohio, 1997


  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

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