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Partner Profile: Stanley Sher

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Stanley Sher, Of Counsel at Cozen O’Connor LLP and a former member of DCBF’s Advisory Committee. Thank you for your longtime service to the committee, Mr. Sher!

Name Stanley Sher

Job/Position Of Counsel

Organization Cozen O’Connor LLP

Years on the Job Our law firm (Sher & Blackwell) merged with Cozen O’Connor in 2010. Prior to that, I have been in private practice in DC since 1960.

Where did you grow up? Milwaukee, WI

What brought you to DC? Work for the Government (which I never did).

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn? Worked for a small law firm where the senior partner stressed, “Treat each client as if it’s your only one.”


Daily Habit Making ‘to do’ lists.

Favorite app WSJ

Favorite Movie Tie–Casablanca, The Magnificent Seven

Favorite Restaurant So’s Your Mom

Favorite Vacation Spot Door County, Wisconsin

Guilty Pleasure Dark Chocolate

One Item from your Bucket List Next up-trip to New Zealand

Hobbies Travel, reading and time with my grandchildren

Hero My father

Your News Source(s) Washington Post, WSJ, NYT, CNBC, Jn of Commerce

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is… My Glasses


Most rewarding element of your work Mentoring young lawyers who exceed expectations.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a… History Professor


Legal aid is important to me because … Addresses and redresses unfairness.

Your dream for our legal system is… There is no longer a need for any DCBF’s grantees

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is… Affordable, safe and decent housing.

Little known fact about your organization Growing rapidly yet maintaining its values/small firm culture.

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