Martina B. Sherman

Martina B. Sherman

Chicago, Illinois

Martina Sherman concentrates her practice in the representation of individuals in ERISA and insurance benefit disputes. She has successfully argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Circuit Court of Cook County.

Ms. Sherman is a frequent speaker on employee benefits at national conferences of the American Bar Association (ABA), and she is a contributing author for the treatise, Employee Benefits Law, 4th Edition (BNA Books). She is a past co-chair of the "Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans" Sub-Committee of the ABA Employee Benefits Committee. In addition to her involvement in the ABA, Ms. Sherman is active in the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), having served as a chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Section Health & Hospital Law Committee and as a Legislative Liaison to the CBA Social Security Law Committee. In addition, she has written amicus briefs on behalf of United Policyholders in matters affecting consumers, including Montanile v. Bd. of Trustees of the Nat'l Elevator Indus. Health Benefit Plan, 136 S. Ct. 651 (2016) and Rochow v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 780 F.3d 364 (6th Cir. 2015) (en banc). She was named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Sherman is very active in civic and pro bono activities. She presently serves on the Diversity Committee of the ABA Employee Benefits Committee and volunteers with Equip for Equality, the protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Illinois.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. cum laude - 2011
    • Honors: Labor & Employment Law Certificate
    • Law Review: Chicago-Kent Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor, 2010 - 2011
  • Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, New York
    • B.A. - 2005
    • Major: Political Science


  • "Benefit Claims Update," Employee Benefits Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, American Bar Association, 2015
  • "Benefit Claims: Claims Review, Standard of Review, Discovery and Dispositive Motions," National Institute on ERISA Litigation, American Bar Association, 2015
  • "Benefit Claims: Administrative Procedures," National Institute on ERISA Basics, American Bar Association, 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016 - 2019
  • Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers, 2017 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2011 - 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Equip for Equality Young Professionals Board, 2015 - Present
  • United Policyholders Amicus Contributor, 2012 - Present