Our Story

In 1947, Louis Sherman founded what later became Sherman Dunn when he left the U.S. Department of Labor to become General Counsel of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Lou’s career at the Department of Labor included several years working in the Office of the Solicitor, after which he became a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor.

During the last 70 years, the firm has worked closely with our clients to play a key role in several important legal events affecting the entire labor movement. For example, Lou Sherman helped draft and shepherd through Congress the 1959 amendments to the Labor Management Relations Act, adding Section 8(f) and the construction industry proviso to Section 8(e), which have served as the framework for labor relations in the construction industry ever since.  The firm has continued to be involved in major legislative initiatives on behalf of its clients, as well as a range of precedent-setting cases in the federal courts and administrative agencies.

Firm attorneys have argued cases in the Supreme Court, numerous U.S. Courts of Appeal, and federal and state trial courts across the country.  In addition, firm attorneys have testified in front of various Congressional Committees on issues of importance to the labor movement.

Founded in 1947 by Louis Sherman, the firm has played a key role in major events affecting the labor movement, including several precedent-setting Supreme Court cases.

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