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Andrew P. Sherrod

Richmond
(804) 771-9575 phone
(804) 644-0957 fax

asherrod@hf-law.com


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Andy Sherrod is a partner in the firm’s litigation section and co-chair of the employment law practice group. Andy focuses his practice on helping clients to navigate complex employment and business issues and to resolve disputes both in and out of the courtroom. Andy has extensive experience in federal litigation, including cases in the “Rocket Docket” of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Andy is a seasoned trial lawyer and counselor with experience litigating cases and advising clients in a variety of subject areas, including employment matters (e.g., employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, executive employment agreements, non-competes, wage and hour issues, employment policies, and ERISA), contracts, business torts, private business disputes, and securities. He also represents individuals and businesses in administrative and regulatory proceedings and investigations and conducts training on employment law issues. Prior to joining Hirschler Fleischer, Andy practiced with a large international law firm and served as law clerk to the Honorable Norman K. Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Relevant Experience:

  • First-chair jury trial, bench trial, arbitration, and appellate counsel
  • Counsel clients and litigate cases involving employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, employment policies, and wage issues
  • Counsel clients and litigate disputes regarding restrictive covenants, including non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements, as well as trade secrets
  • Drafting, negotiation, and enforcement of executive employment agreements
  • Representation of individuals, insurers, employee benefit plans, and employers in cases regarding claims for employee benefits under ERISA
  • Representation of businesses and individuals in commercial cases involving contracts, fraud, and business torts (e.g., tortious interference and conspiracy)
  • Representation of companies and individuals in private business disputes, including fiduciary duty claims and dissolution
  • Representation of investment firms in FINRA arbitration and mediation involving employment disputes and customer complaints
  • Representation as local counsel in a variety of cases brought in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Representation of individuals and businesses in administrative and regulatory proceedings and investigations

Education:

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., high honors, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 2000
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, 1996

Publications:

  • "5 Key Considerations When Negotiating an Executive Employment Agreement," Corporate Compliance Insights, March 9, 2016
  • Co-author, with Nathaniel L. Story, “It Pays to Maintain Compliant Human Resource Practices on the Jobsite,” CMFA Building Profits, November/December 2015
  • Author, “Think Before You Arbitrate!  Standard Arbitration Clauses Might Not Always be in a Company’s Best Interest,” Corporate Compliance Insights, October 23, 2015
  • "New DOL Overtime Pay Rules Are Coming Soon," Law360, 2015
  • "Don't Hit that Delete Button:  An Update on Litigation Holds for Employment Claims," InsideCounsel, 2014
  • "Tips for Effective and Enforceable Severance Agreements," InsideCounsel, 2014
  • "What is the Fiduciary Exception?  Protecting Privilege When Advising on Employee Benefit Plan Issues," InsideCounsel, 2014
  • "What Do You Mean We Don't Have a Non-Compete?  Protecting Your Company in the Absence of Written Restrictive Covenants," InsideCounsel, 2014
  • "What is a Hostile Work Environment These Days?  Avoiding and Defending Harassment Claims," InsideCounsel, 2014
  • "Whose Employees are They?  Determining Whether You're Subject to 'Joint Employer' Liability," InsideCounsel, 2014
  • Co-author, "Civil Practice and Procedure," University of Richmond Law Review, 2014
  • Co-author, "Civil Practice and Procedure," University of Richmond Law Review, 2013
  • “Civil Practice and Procedure,” University of Richmond Law Review, 2012
  • Co-author, “Civil Practice and Procedure,” University of Richmond Law Review, 2011
  • Co-author, “Developments in Civil Practice and Procedure,” University of Richmond Law Review, 2010
  • "A Matter of (Statutory) Interpretation:  North Carolina Recognizes the Functional Test for Corporate Taxation in Polaroid Corporation v. Offerman," North Carolina Law Review, 1999

Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker, "Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid When Negotiating and Drafting the Executive Employment Agreement," Virginia Bar Association 46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, September 30, 2016
  • Speaker, "How to Make a Good Impression and Avoid Pitfalls when Serving as an Expert Witness," National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Virginia Chapter, August 16, 2016
  • Speaker, "Employment Law Topics That Your Corporate Clients Wish You Could Discuss Intelligently," Richmond Bar Association, May 18, 2016
  • Speaker, "Human Resource Law from Start to Finish," National Business Institute, October 7, 2015
  • Speaker, "Employment Law:  Virginia Comprehensive Guide," National Business Institute, Oct. 8, 2014
  • Speaker, "Human Resources Issues," Local Government Law:  What Attorneys Need to Know, National Business Institute, Aug. 1, 2014
  • Moderator, Federal Courts CLE, Richmond Bar Association, Apr. 29, 2014
  • Speaker, "Lifespan of an Expert Engagement: Making a Good Impression and Avoiding Traps for the Unwary," National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Virginia Chapter, Nov. 21, 2013
  • Speaker, "Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know," National Business Institute. Oct. 30, 2013
  • Speaker, “Business Dissolution:  Best Practices and Pitfalls from Corporate, Litigation and Valuation Perspectives,” Richmond Bar Association, Oct. 11, 2012
  • Speaker, “Don’t Get Caught in the Web:  Avoiding Common Legal Pitfalls on the Internet,” Virginia Bar Association, July 20, 2012
  • Moderator, “Establishing, Preserving, and Protecting Privileges—Before and After the Lawsuit,” Richmond Bar Association, May 3, 2012

Recognition:

  • Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Employment & Labor, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017
  • Selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star,” Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007, 2011-2013
  • Named to "Legal Elite" (Labor/Employment), Virginia Business, 2009-2016

Community Service:

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Circle Center Adult Day Services, Richmond, Virginia

Memberships:

  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
    • Chair, Litigation Section, 2015-2016
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, Richmond Chapter
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division, 2006-2011
    • Recipient of 2010 Sandra P. Thompson Award for outstanding work and long-term service to the Young Lawyers Division
  • Virginia State Bar

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Tax Court