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Sherry S. Bragg is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Practice and Employment Law Groups, a former Administrative Managing Partner, and a former member of the firm’s Board of Directors. As an AV-rated attorney, Sherry has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of business disputes and tort cases for over 30 years. Sherry has tried, co-tried and arbitrated a significant number of high-value cases to conclusion, and has successfully orchestrated the settlement of many others. In her many years of practice, Sherry has represented plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal court, and in administrative actions. She has successfully prosecuted and settled multi-million dollar breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud claims, and she has defended and won complex business-related cases involving contract, partnership, and employment disputes. Sherry also has extensive experience on issues involving contractual and statutory attorneys’ fees, having prepared and prevailed on many attorneys’ fee motions involving recoveries ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to several million dollars. Sherry’s litigation practice also includes an active appellate practice. She has briefed and won appeals involving issues relating to attorneys’ fees, indemnity obligations, contractual agreements, and arbitration-related matters.
Sherry comes to us from Waldron & Bragg, where she managed both her litigation practice and the law firm. Prior to joining Waldron & Bragg, Sherry worked as an associate with the Santa Monica law firms of Haight, Dickson, Brown & Bonesteel and Dickson, Carlson & Campillo, where she represented a number of large pharmaceutical companies, including Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical Company and the Upjohn Company, in products liability lawsuits throughout the western region of the United States. Sherry’s current practice focuses on a variety of business disputes, including issues involving real property, partnerships and corporations, fiduciary obligations, trade secrets, employment and labor, professional negligence, bad faith insurance practices, banking practices, and various other contractual disputes. Her clients include companies, business owners, home owner associations, and individuals.
In addition to an active law practice, Sherry is dedicated to the education and training of law students and young attorneys in the local community. She serves as a mentor to law students at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and to young lawyers throughout the Orange County Bar Association’s Mentorship Program.
Sherry is also involved in various legal and community organizations. She currently serves as a Board Member of the Masters Division of the Orange County Bar Association, and as a Board Member of the Veterans Legal Institute, and she is a past Board Member of Human Options. Sherry also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children who are under the jurisdiction of the Dependency Court, and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Southern California. Sherry is a Member and former Board Member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. She is a Member of the State Bar of California, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Orange County Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association, the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow with the Orange County Bar Foundation. Sherry is also the President of the Peter M. Elliott American Inn of Court. She also serves as a fee arbitrator with the Orange County Mandatory Fee Arbitration Panel.
Sherry has authored and co-authored various articles, including: “The Case for More Vacations;” “Using Demonstratives Effectively To Communicate Your Complex Business Case to a Jury;” “Opposing Fee Motions – Finding the Reason’ in Reasonable;” “When is a Prevailing Party Broker Entitled to Recover Attorneys’ Fees?,” “Medical Devices: The Duty to Warn and the Adequacy of the Warning;” “Joint Defendants Beware: Protecting Your Privilege in Shared Information;” “Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privilege in a Joint Defense Context;” “Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law: Annual Survey.”
Sherry was born on the garden isle of Lihue, Hawaii. She received her B.A. (cum laude) in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
In her spare time, Sherry enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three children.
Sherry has successfully represented companies, business owners, homeowner associations, and individuals in a variety of business-related lawsuits and appeals. Below are a few of her representative cases:
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1987
B.A., cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 1984
Orange County Bar Association
Masters Division, Orange County Bar Association
Member of the Board of Directors
Orange County Women Lawyers Association
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter
Past Board Member
Orange County Mandatory Fee Arbitration Panel
Past Board Member
Peter M. Elliot Inn of Court
Orange County Bar Foundation
Southern California Super Lawyers ® 2018, 2019
The Best Lawyers in America ®, 2019, 2020 – Newport Beach, Litigation – Real Estate and Labor and Employment