EducationJ.D., Wayne State University Law School
A.B., University of Michigan
Legal and Professional AssociationsCouncilor, Save the Redwoods League
Former Vice President of Board of Directors and Executive Committee, National Police Accountability Project
Former Board Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
Past President, Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
Former Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and ND Cal
American Association of Justice
Julia Sherwin is an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer who has successfully tried and settled many civil rights cases in federal and state courts. She began her career in Detroit, Michigan, at Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian, the first racially integrated law firm in the nation. Julia is listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer in San Francisco Magazine, in 2006 and every year since 2008.
Most of the firm’s cases are wrongful death cases, and Julia is honored and humbled to be able to represent clients whose lives were cut short, by law enforcement or correctional healthcare corporations. She is deeply moved by each and every client’s human story, and strives to get to know her clients and their stories, to speak for them in the most compelling way possible in court. While law enforcement and jails may see her clients as “suspects” or “subjects” or “inmates,” Julia highlights each client’s humanity. She strongly agrees with Bryan Stevenson’s wise statement, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
In every case, Julia looks for the systemic failures that contributed to her client’s injury or death, and whenever possible pursues significant reforms that will save other people from suffering as her clients were made to suffer.
Lives in Oakland and Mendocino County with her husband and law partner, Michael Haddad, and two rescue dogs, Kela and Luna. Loves spending time in redwood forests, hiking anywhere with Michael and their dogs, travel, writing, cooking when she has time, and helping people who have suffered injury, or the death of a loved one, at the hands of the government or corporations. Inspirations include Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi, Thurgood Marshall, and Nelson Mandela.