Senior Paralegal and Office Manager
Sheryl Anderson joined Oldham Law Office in December of 2021, bringing with her over 20 years of litigation experience and client advocacy. As a seasoned paralegal, Sheryl is well versed in all state and federal courts, courts of appeals, and various state agencies, and has participated in numerous trials, arbitrations, and mediations.
Over the years, Sheryl has worked with hundreds – if not thousands - of clients and has worked on several high profile and high value jury verdicts, including a class action lawsuit against Weyerhaeuser (Morelock Enterprises, Inc. v. Weyerhaeuser Co.) which resulted in the largest antitrust jury verdict in the Pacific Northwest at the time ($84 million), and the Lewis v. Boy Scouts of America case which resulted in an $18.5 million dollar jury verdict against the Boy Scouts of America (which also helped bring the Boy Scouts’ previously secretly held “perversion” or “ineligible volunteer” files to the public).
She was also the lead paralegal on a complex land use trial related to Measure 37 (Luethe v. Multnomah County), and a lengthy and complex coast land accretion case which resulted in a favorable judgment in the Oregon Supreme Court (Sea River Properties LLC v. Loren Parks). In 2017, Sheryl helped coordinate and participated in a week-long mediation held in New York City, which included 18 male clients who had been sexually abused while attending the Pingry School in the 1970s. The mediation resulted in a confidential settlement for each of those clients. Before leaving her old law firm, Sheryl helped hundreds of clients file claims in the US Bankruptcy Court after the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy in early 2020.
In the two decades before Sheryl came to Oldham Law Office, she worked predominantly with victims of sexual abuse. She was often the first person they ever told about the sexual abuse they experienced as a child and the devastating impacts the sexual abuse had on their lives. Sheryl is a compassionate listener and a fierce advocate for clients. She also has a keen attention to detail and is able to organize and manage large volumes of discovery. These skills have led to the discovery of key evidence, discrepancies in discovery, and other important evidentiary issues which have helped obtain favorable outcomes for her clients over the years.
When not advocating for clients, Sheryl is an advocate for cancer research and has participated in multiple fundraising events and activities for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), including as a participant in half-ironman and Ironman triathlons with Team in Training, a Team Leader for Light the Night, and as a team member for the 2019 and 2020 Man/Woman of the Year Campaigns. Individually, Sheryl has raised over $20,000 for LLS, and as a team participant has helped her teams raise over $2,000,000. Ironically, Sheryl’s fundraising efforts for LLS began a decade before her own diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2017. As a cancer survivor, Sheryl’s fundraising efforts and passion to find a cure have only intensified in the years since her diagnosis and remission.
While she loves her career as a paralegal, Sheryl’s favorite titles are “dog mom” (to 10-year-old, lab-mix Kaia), and “Aunt” (to her 6 nieces and nephews, and great niece and great nephew). As an avid sports fan, Sheryl makes it a priority to attend as many of their various sporting events as possible. Sheryl also enjoys spending quality time with friends, wine tasting, exploring the outdoors, and traveling the world.