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, Ms. Sheridan 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.
Ms. Sheridan 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, Ms. Sheridan 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
Ms. Sheridan 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 Ms. Sheridan 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.
Ms. Sheridan’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.