Stephanie A. Sheridan

Office Managing Partner

Stephanie A. Sheridan

Office Managing Partner
Overview Overview Experience Credentials

Stephanie Sheridan has fine-tuned her legal expertise and practice concentrating on business and commercial litigation, with a distinct emphasis on defending consumer class actions, product liability, and matters involving California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. She counsels clients on California’s Proposition 65 and compliance with the mandates of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In addition to being the managing partner for Sedgwick’s San Francisco office, Stephanie also founded and serves as the chair of the Retail and Fashion Industry Practice Group, representing retailers across the country in all aspects of litigation, and counsels clients regarding accordance with state and local laws, regulations and agency mandates. 

Stephanie has been on the forefront of privacy statutes and is a recognized expert in the defense against FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act) claims and California’s Song Beverly Credit Card Act class actions. Since 2014, Ms. Sheridan has defended retailers across the country in cases involving allegations of deceptive pricing schemes for both full price and outlet retailers. She advises clients regularly on California’s “Made in the USA” statute and is a frequent author and speaker for retail law organizations and in-house counsel regarding trends affecting retailers. In fact, she recently co-authored a chapter in Aspatore Books’ 2016 edition of Navigating Fashion Law

Based on her in-depth knowledge across different business sectors, coupled with her extensive trial experience, Stephanie is known for her ability to identify strategic resolutions that protect and balance her clients’ financial interests, business objectives and customer relationships. 

 

Jury Trial Experience

Stephanie has tried many civil jury actions to verdict, which have all resulted in defense verdicts or, in one case, a verdict that required no monetary payout from her client. Her defense verdict in an alleged brain injury case was chosen by the California Daily Journal as one of the “Top 10 Defense Verdicts” of the year. The publication ran a feature story on Stephanie and her successful defense strategy. She has also successfully defended at trial the food and hospitality industry, an automotive component manufacturer and a large utility company.

Representative Matters

Stephanie’s class action defense expertise  and established track record of successful motion practice and defeating class certification includes the defense of a Fortune 10 company in a national class actions involving allegations of consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, warranty and statutory claims; the defeat of consumer class action on behalf of an automobile manufacturer on a motion to dismiss and defeating class certification on behalf of an international office services company in consumer class actions involving claims of statutory violations.

She obtained a dismissal of a class action against a medical device company on an initial Motion to Dismiss; secured multiple dismissals of deceptive pricing class actions against retailers and defeated a class action on behalf of universities in consumer class actions alleging deceptive representations. She led the defense of retailers in multi-state class action matters alleging data security and privacy violations and advises clients on state and federal laws governing automatic-renewal and continuous service programs. Additional examples of Stephanie’s representative matters include the following:  

  • Dismissals of multiple class actions on behalf of retailers alleged to have engaged in deceptive pricing practices.
  • Successfully defended several universities in consumer class actions alleging fraudulent representations about post-graduation employment opportunities, by defeating class certification.
  • Lead National Counsel for retailers and manufacturers in “no injury” consumer class actions.
  • Successful resolution and negotiated dismissals of dozens of FACTA (Fair & Accurate Credit Transactions Act) and Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (ZIP code collection) class actions in California, as well as in other jurisdictions with similar consumer protection and privacy laws.
  • Class action counsel for Fortune 10 company in consumer class actions in multistate matters.
  • Handled class action matters throughout several states on behalf of nationwide retailers and fashion accessory companies with respect to alleged data security/privacy statute violations.
  • Acted as National Counsel for the largest domestic manufacturer of airbags for over a decade.
  • Active Proposition 65 practice representing retailers, fashion industry interests, and the food and nutritional supplement industry.

Presentations and Publications

Stephanie writes and speaks on products liability and complex litigation issues. Her published work and presentations include:

Admissions

  • California
  • 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (S.D. Cal.)

Education

  • J.D. (1988) University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Editor-in-chief of the University of San Francisco Law Review
  • B.A. (1985) San Diego State University (Telecommunications), magna cum laude

Awards

  • 2017 “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” San Francisco Business Times 
  • 2016 Retail “MVP of the Year” by Law360 
  • 2016 “Top 100 Lawyers” list, San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals
  • AV certified by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system
  • Top 10 Defense Verdicts of the year, California Daily Journal 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Sedgwick Women’s Forum — chair and founding member 
  • Legal Momentum — the Women’s Legal Defense and Fund, an organization focused on ensuring economic and personal security for all women and girls by advancing equity in education, the workplace and the courtroom — Board of Directors 
  • University of San Francisco School of Law — active alumnus serving on the Board of Governors and recently profiled in the “Rising and Shining: How six alumni found opportunity right outside their door” section of USF Lawyer about her years of experience at Sedgwick, where she has spent her career since graduating from the university
 
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