Doing Well By Doing Good
Vic Sher, San Francisco attorney and principal of Sher Leff LLP
“Doing Well By Doing Good:
Thoughts on Saving the World and Paying the Bills”
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Room 007, Oakes Hall
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Free and open to the public. This lecture is worth one VBA CLE. Attendees are invited to join Mr. Sher following the conclusion of his lecture for further discussion at the 5 Olde Tavern in downtown South Royalton.
Vic Sher has spent his career litigating to protect people and the planet. Over more than 30 years his experience has spanned pro bono environmental lawsuits while practicing in private business law firms, full time environmental practice with the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, and representing public agencies as plaintiffs against major corporate polluters. His cases have ranged from citizen suits protecting the northern spotted owl and the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest to tort actions against the petrochemical industry for polluting drinking water. His clients have included local and national citizen groups to public agencies like the City of New York. He has obtained results consisting of injunctions against federal and state agencies as well as corporations, civil penalties and hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts. This lecture provides nuts and bolts thoughts on how to build a practice that matters while keeping the lights on.
Vic Sher has spent his career developing and prosecuting extraordinary legal strategies to protect people and the planet. Over the past 30 years—including as a litigator, consultant, and leader of the world’s largest public interest environmental law firm—Mr. Sher has achieved exceptional success on behalf of communities and non-governmental organizations against the world’s most powerful polluters and largest law firms. In 2009 he was lead trial counsel for the City of New York in City of New York v. ExxonMobil, a federal jury trial over MTBE contamination in Queens that resulted in a verdict for the City of $104.7 million and for which the team he led was recognized as a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sher practiced with the public interest law firm Earthjustice, including as its President from 1994-1997. The American Lawyer called his lawsuits to protect the northern spotted owl and the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest the "most important public lands management litigation in this country's history."
LawDragon Magazine named Mr. Sher in 2012 one of the top 500 lawyers in the U.S. He has been a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2005. In 1992, he received a Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment, shared the Natural Resources Council of America Award of Achievement in 1993, and was named by American Lawyer to its 1997 "Public Sector 45," a list of "45 young lawyers outside the private sector whose vision and commitment are changing lives."
Mr. Sher is a 1976 graduate of Oberlin College and received his law degree in 1980 from Stanford Law School. Along with representing public agencies and organizations in active lawsuits, Mr. Sher consults on effective litigation strategies with government agencies, national and local non-profit organizations, and attorneys around the country.