William Sherman, II Tapped to Lead Dinsmore’s Washington D.C. Office

February 9, 2015News Releases
Dinsmore & Shohl’s new Managing Partner of the Washington D.C. office knows how the city works and is ready to leverage that knowledge to grow his office. William Sherman, II took over the reins from Ben F. Wells and assumed his new role as D.C. Office Managing Partner in January.

Sherman says the office is poised to reflect the growth of the firm. With two notable mergers in less than 12 months, Dinsmore has made headlines for expanding its footprint in Chicago and Denver as well as investing in its traditional stronghold in the Midwest. Sherman says the firm’s expansion benefits everyone including the DC office and creates new opportunities to expand services to existing clients.

“My goal is to get my partners thinking about how the D.C. office can better serve our clients because we have feet on the ground in the nation’s capital,” said Sherman. “Most of the rulemaking regulatory agencies that directly affect the way our clients do business are located within blocks of our office. And our contacts within those agencies are an untapped resource.” Another of Sherman’s goals as Managing Partner is to attract attorneys whose expertise will complement the needs of Dinsmore’s existing clients while expanding its local client base.

Sherman was one of the six Partners who opened the Washington D.C. office in 2011. He becomes the first African American Partner to lead a Dinsmore office. A former prosecutor, Sherman is at home in the courtroom having most recently served as lead counsel for national class action cases in the area of securities and ERISA. Currently, Sherman is serving as lead litigation counsel in one of the most important cases in data security.

Outgoing Managing Partner Ben Wells, who will remain resident in the Washington office, says Sherman is the right fit to assume the leadership role.

“For a large city, Washington D.C. has a very close knit legal community. While there is a little bit of who you know, and who knows you, it is also a place where exceptional lawyers get noticed. I think it will be a natural fit for William, who is a highly respected litigator with a track record that is helping put Dinsmore on the map, locally and nationally. The cases he has attracted and the results he has achieved for his clients are a great example of what others can achieve here at Dinsmore,” said Wells.

Sherman says that, while D.C. is the nation’s capital and the seat of the federal government, growing and succeeding here is no different than anywhere else, you have to network effectively and nurture important relationships.