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Victor Sher

Attorney at Vic Sher Law
San Francisco, California
Vic Sher is Principal and Founder of Vic Sher Law, and is Of Counsel to Sher Leff, LLP (which he co-founded and was chief litigator from 2003 - 2012). Vic has litigated innovative environmental cases for over 35 years and has spent more than a decade practicing with Earthjustice, a nonprofit, public interest environmental law firm, including four years as its president.
During his tenure with Earthjustice, he litigated many landmark cases under the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws; The American Lawyer called his lawsuits to protect the northern spotted owl, salmon, and other species among the “most important public lands management litigation in this country’s history”; The ABA Journal noted that his lawsuits caused a “dramatic new direction in forest policy” for tens of millions of acres of federal forests, “forcing an end to business as usual”.
He is a writer of many publications related to environmental law, and conducts frequent seminars and workshops in the field. Vic was named a 2011 LawDragon 500 lawyer; in 2011, was a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist; Northern California Super Lawyer since 2005.

About Me

How many years of experience do you have in your field?
I have spent my career developing and prosecuting extraordinary legal strategies to protect people and the planet. Over the past 30 years – including as a litigator, consultant, and leader of the world's largest public interest environmental law firm - I have achieved exceptional success on behalf of communities and non-governmental organizations against the world's most powerful polluters and largest law firms. Along with representing public agencies and organizations in active lawsuits, I consult on effective litigation strategies with government agencies, national and local non-profit organizations, and attorneys around the country.
What honors or awards have you received?
I was named a 2011 LawDragon 500 lawyer and a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2005. I received a Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment in 1992, and shared the Natural Resources Council of America Award of Achievement for Policy Activities in 1993. The American Lawyer Magazine named me to its 1997 "Public Sector 45," a list of "45 young lawyers outside the private sector whose vision and commitment are changing lives."


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Association Position
Defenders of Wildlife Board Chair


School Degree Graduation Year
Oberlin College BS 1976
Stanford University Law School JD 1980

Contact Information

Vic Sher Law

1625 Monterey Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94127