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Sherrie L. Farrell

Sherrie L. Farrell

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Expertise

  • Automotive Product Liability Litigation
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation
  • Asbestos & Toxic Tort

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Dykema
Michigan, U.S.A.

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ABA Group
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Profile

Sherrie L. Farrell is the Office Managing Member for the Firm's Detroit office, and Chair of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Ms. Farrell acts as lead counsel in various commercial matters including partnership disputes, lease disputes, breach of contract and bankruptcy disputes. Her previous career as an award-winning public relations and crisis communications professional has become an integral tool in counseling clients on a wide array of commercial issues. She has provided counsel on litigation risk management, discovery management, real estate project management for real estate interests and public policy and litigation issues involving local governments. Ms. Farrell approaches each client matter as a partner working with the client to advance a solution or business objective.

Ms. Farrell has significant experience serving as a National Coordinating Counsel. She serves as National Discovery Counsel for a Fortune 25 manufacturer in asbestos and other toxic tort litigation. Ms. Farrell also had the primary responsibility to develop and defend Fortune 25 corporate fact and expert witnesses in national tort litigation. She also has represented manufacturers, closely-held corporations, auto suppliers and construction companies in both litigated and non-litigated commercial matters.

In her corporate bankruptcy and business restructuring practice, Ms. Farrell’s representation includes global automotive suppliers in customer, vendor and supplier Chapter 11 bankruptcies; creditors in Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy; a state airport authority; construction companies; and troubled suppliers. She also has represented other interested parties including staffing corporations, financial institutions and other regional and national businesses in commercial and bankruptcy-related litigation, preferences, creditors’ rights matters, out-of-court restructurings, loan workouts, and issues involving the UCC. 

Ms. Farrell served as the head of the Firm’s first Cybersecurity group. Her extensive experience in the data security area includes drafting data security plans for a board of directors of an insurance company; managing data breaches and incidents for, among others, health company, insurance company, and auto manufacturing supplier. Ms. Farrell has drafted data security policies for clients including enterprise wide data security plans, incident response plans and computer and internet access policies.  In addition to authoring several articles on this topic, she’s also presented to a local corporate secretaries organization, an auto manufacturer and was featured on a corporate counsel panel focused on cybersecurity.

In addition to providing legal counsel, she provides counsel to area businesses on regional government and public policy issues and has experience serving the City of Detroit during three different mayoral administrations.

Ms. Farrell recently was featured in Law360's Minority Powerbrokers series, named to the 2019 Lawyer of Color’s Inaugural Nation’s Best List, and recognized as one of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers (2018, 2015). She has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2014 and named in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1997

Education

Detroit College of Law, J.D., cum laude Wayne State University, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Asbestos & Toxic Tort | Automotive Product Liability Litigation | Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation | Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights | Business & Commercial | Consumer Financial Services | Cybersecurity | Discovery Management & E-Discovery | Litigation | Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products | Privacy and Data Security

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Blogs

Cannabis Law Blog
Dykema 

The cannabis industry presents unprecedented opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs. Yet, entities looking to engage in this emerging industry face daunting levels of legal complexity and uncertainty. Moreover, state and local governments are constantly tasked with regulating an...

Homeostasis: Dykema Health Care Law Blog
Dykema 

We assist clients in maintaining stability while responding to ever-changing conditions in the health care industry. Health care providers and their supporting business partners must adapt and innovate in the face of evolving governmental and payor policy changes, scientific advancements, and...

NextGen Financial Services Report
Dykema 

NextGen Financial Services Report is published by the Financial Industry Group at Dykema. The Financial Services Industry has gone through a tremendous amount of regulatory and operational IT change in recent years, and with a new presidential administration more changes and developments are on the...

The Firewall
Dykema 

The Firewall keeps you up to date on the hottest legal topics in the ever-changing world of data security and privacy. As information security becomes a critical facet of all businesses and industries and the target of many regulators, it is important to stay apprised of new legal developments. The...

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