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John A. Sherrill

Attorney

Retired Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6703
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Mr. Sherrill is a retired partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Atlanta Litigation Department. He has 42 years of experience representing clients in resolving all types of civil disputes, including real estate, zoning and land-use, construction related cases, directors and officers liability, personal injury and product liability cases, and general commercial, contract and corporate disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts.

Mr. Sherrill also has extensive experience as an ADR neutral and as an advocate representing clients in all types of ADR forums.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (ATLAS) , where Seyfarth Shaw is a founding member of the organization.   He has been a member of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators since 1986 and is a member of AAA’s Large Complex Case Program and the International Panel of the AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is also a member of the Roster of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the North American Panel of the International Court of Arbitration. Mr. Sherrill served as a member of the AAA/U.S. Olympic Committee Arbitration Panels for the 1996 (Atlanta), 1998 (Nagano), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympic games. He also has experience as an administrative law judge, serving as Chief Hearing Officer for the Georgia Real Estate Commission and as Chairman of the State Health Planning Review Board, and as a special master appointed by a number of state and federal courts and agencies.

Mr. Sherrill is a retired partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Atlanta Litigation Department. He has 42 years of experience representing clients in resolving all types of civil disputes, including real estate, zoning and land-use, construction related cases, directors and officers liability, personal injury and product liability cases, and general commercial, contract and corporate disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts.

Mr. Sherrill also has extensive experience as an ADR neutral and as an advocate representing clients in all types of ADR forums.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (ATLAS) , where Seyfarth Shaw is a founding member of the organization.   He has been a member of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators since 1986 and is a member of AAA’s Large Complex Case Program and the International Panel of the AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is also a member of the Roster of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the North American Panel of the International Court of Arbitration. Mr. Sherrill served as a member of the AAA/U.S. Olympic Committee Arbitration Panels for the 1996 (Atlanta), 1998 (Nagano), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympic games. He also has experience as an administrative law judge, serving as Chief Hearing Officer for the Georgia Real Estate Commission and as Chairman of the State Health Planning Review Board, and as a special master appointed by a number of state and federal courts and agencies.

Education

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law (1972)
    Member of Editorial Board of Duke Law Journal
  • A.B., University of North Carolina (1963)
    Morehead Scholar
    NROTC Scholar (LCDR, USNR – Naval Aviator from 1963 – 1969)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • All Georgia State Courts

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections-Chair DR Section CLE Committee 2007-2013 – Member, Governing Council of Section 2009-2013)
  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society (ATLAS) (Board of Directors 2011-2013)
  • Georgia Bar Association (Litigation and DR Sections-Chair DR Section, 2010; Executive Committee 2011-2013)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Litigation and ADR Sections)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators
  • Georgia Arbitrators Forum (Fellow and Founding Member - President 2010)
  • American Arbitration Association (Arbitrator and Mediator; national Board of Directors 2013-Present)
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (Arbitrator and Mediator)
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Fellow - Board of Directors 2012 - 2013)
  • American College of Commercial Arbitrators (Fellow)

Presentations

  • "Effectively Managing a Complex Commercial Arbitration," Georgia ICLE Arbitration Institute (August 2013).
  • “Arbitration Ethics and Social Media,” Georgia ICLE 19th Annual Georgia Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute (December 2012)
  • “Ethics Issues in Arbitration,” American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference, Washington, DC (April 2012)
  • "Alternative Arbitration Avenues: Traditional, Collaborative, Cooperative and MED-ARB," GA ICLE Annual Georgia Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute Conference (December 2011)
  • "Dealing with Challenging and Recurring Problems in Complex Commercial Arbitrations," American Arbitration Association (December 2011)
  • “Arbitration Ethics,” GA ICLE Arbitration Institute (August 2011)
  • “Protocols for Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration,” American Bar Association Mid¬Year Meeting (February 2011) and Atlanta Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section (May 2011)
  • “Conducting the Evidentiary Arbitration Hearing,” Florida Construction Law Institute (October 2010)
  • “Making Disclosures, Preventing Disclosure Problems and Establishing a Conflicts Database,” American Arbitration Association University Training, Orlando, FL (August 2010)
  • “Ethics and Professionalism in Mediation and Arbitration,” American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference, Washington D.C. (April 2008), New York, NY (April 2009), Denver, CO (April 2010)
  • “Ethics and Other Sources of Professional Embarrassment and Anxiety for Mediators and Counsel in Mediation,” Annual Georgia Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute (December 2010)
  • “Achieving Fairness and Efficiency in Complex Arbitration,” American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference, Seattle, WA (April, 2007)
  • “USOC Olympic Arbitration Procedures,” American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Atlanta, GA (April 2006)

Publications

  • “Ethics for Lawyers Representing Clients in Mediations,” American Journal of Mediation (Volume 6, 2012)
  • "Ethical Considerations in Arbitration," Georgia Bar Journal (December 2011)
  • "Cooperative Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration:  Creating a Sequential and More Efficient Dispute Resolution Process," GA ICLE Publication (December 2011)
  • “Effectively Conducting the Evidentiary Arbitration Hearing,” Florida Bar Construction Law Institute, (April 2011), and Georgia Bar DR Section Newsletter (October 2010)
  • “Ethics for Georgia Lawyers Representing Clients in Mediations,” Georgia Bar Journal (October 2009)
  •  “Achieving Efficiency and Fairness in Arbitration,” American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section (April 2008)
  • "ADR for Trial Lawyers," Georgia Bar Association Publication for Younger Lawyers (2007)
  • "Effectively Resolving Business Disputes Through Arbitration," Inside the Minds, Aspatore Books (2007)
  • "Using Arbitration and Mediation to Resolve Real Estate Disputes,"Commercial Real Estate Investors Magazine (Spring 2006)

Accolades

  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer for General Commercial Litigation in Georgia in the 2008-2013 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected in the Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice area in the 2009-2013 editions of TheBest Lawyers in America and Georgia’s Best Lawyers
  • Selected by "Who's Who Legal" for the International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation 2013.
  • Recognized by Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" in 2009-2013
  • Named as a Georgia Super Lawyersince 2006 (Top 1% 2010-2013)