Kendra Sherman has more than 25 years of experience advising and counseling public and private companies in all areas of environmental law. She is a creative, practical, strategic and business-focused environmental lawyer who works closely with her clients to meet their objectives and minimize environmental risk. As part of the firm’s leadership team, Kendra also serves as the US national hiring chair where she guides talent acquisition and associate recruitment and development for all of the firm’s US offices.
Kendra represents a broad spectrum of clients in a wide range of industries, including mining, iron and steel, chemicals, waste management and public law clients, including cities, villages and airports. She successfully defends her clients in federal and state enforcement actions, environmental litigation, environmental tort claims and citizen suit challenges before a wide range of federal and state courts and administrative tribunals in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Washington DC.
Kendra also has significant experience counseling sellers, lenders, investors and real estate developers on environmental issues in complex commercial and real estate transactions, including brownfields redevelopment and revitalization, brownfields funding, Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program, project siting and permitting before the Ohio Power Siting Board, and matters involving impacts to jurisdictional waters and wetlands before the US Army Corps of Engineers.
In addition, Kendra advises clients in the US, the UK and Asia on compliance and enforcement matters related to California Proposition 65 and issues related to consumer product warning, labeling and packaging.
Kendra is a member of the firm’s Legal Personnel Committee, where she is responsible for advising on the review, evaluation, compensation and advancement of associate lawyers. She also serves on the Columbus office Hiring Committee.
Kendra actively represents many clients in pro bono matters. She also received the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award from the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School for her community service efforts in the field of adoption law.
Most recently, Kendra was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation and identified as the 2023 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law in Columbus. She was also named a key lawyer for Environment: Litigation by The Legal 500 US 2023 and is recognized in Chambers USA 2022 and 2023 for Natural Resources & Environment in Ohio.