Overview

Sherril Colombo draws on her extensive experience to provide effective advocacy for her clients in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation matters and employment-related claims. Board-certified as a specialist in labor and employment law, she provides skilled, responsive representation to employers of all sizes across a range of industries.

Sherril represents group disability, life and health plans and their insurers in ERISA litigation matters throughout Florida in both federal and state courts. In addition, she defends employers in a variety of employment-related claims, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower and disability matters. She frequently represents employers in arbitration and administrative proceedings.

Sherril is committed to resolving litigation for her clients in a manner that advances their business objectives. She has demonstrated a similar dedication in her work for the legal community, active in a number of bar and other legal organizations. She is a past chair of the Executive Council for the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar and past president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Sherril is an avid speaker in the field of ERISA disability and employer-related topics.

During law school, Sherril was the executive editor for the Nova Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Florida Bar Association

Co-Chair

Bar Outreach, Executive Council - Labor and Employment Law Section

Florida Bar Association

2014-Present

Vice Chair

Federal Practice Committee

Florida Bar Association

June 2016-June 2017

Member

Federal Practice Committee

Florida Bar Association

2013-2016

Member

Grievance Committee, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County

Florida Bar Association

2007-2010; 2015-present

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Health and Disability Insurance Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Member

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Vice Chair

Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

American Bar Association

2014-2015

Awards Chair

Florida Association for Women Lawyers

2014-2015

Past President

Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter

2013-2014

Chair

Executive Council - Labor and Employment Law Section

Florida Bar Association

2012-2013

Member

Labor and Employment Certification Committee

Florida Bar Association

2007-2010

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2010-2018

Named, Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment

Florida

Super Lawyers

2007-2016

News, Analysis & Press

Ethics and Technology

ABA Health and Disability & Life Insurance Law Committees Newsletter

April 1, 2017

Movers

National Law Journal

August 11, 2014

Late-Summer Lateral Moves An Anomaly

Daily Business Review

August 4, 2014

Sherril M. Colombo

South Florida Business Journal

July 30, 2014

People Moves: Littler Mendelson

RivalEdge

July 16, 2014

Diversity Scorecard 2014

Daily Business Review

January 31, 2014

Litigation Over Group Policy Conversion Rights Triggers ERISA Jurisdiction

Health and Disability & Life Insurance Law Committees Newsletter

Winter 2013

Twenty percent of overtime-pay lawsuits filed in South Florida

Sun Sentinel

May 25, 2012

Educate Yourself and Your Employees about Best Practices to Help Wage-and-Hour Lawsuits

Nations Restaurant News

November 2008

Business Groups Challenge Florida ‘Guns at Work’ Law

Inside Counsel

July 2008

The Wage and Hour Minefield: Some Words of Wisdom for Employers

Corporate Counsel

November 2007

Wage-and-Hour Suits Put Industry on Defensive

Nation’s Restaurant News

November 2007

Consistent Dress Code Enforcement Critical to Liability Protection

Dynamic Manager

June 2002

Discrimination Claims

Trial Advocate Quarterly

Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Fall 1996

Speaking Engagements

“Ban the Box” and Other New Restrictions in Hiring

Hospitality Human Resources Association of Broward County Meeting, Pompano Beach, FL

September 1, 2016

Healthcare Databases, Privacy and Preemption Issues

DRI Life, Health Disability and ERISA Conference, Chicago, IL

April 13, 2016

Hot Topics in ERISA Disability Law

2016 Eastern Claims Conference, New York, NY

March 15, 2016

The Justice League: Mastering the Employment Law Ethics Universe

ACC South Florida

July 29, 2015

Hacking and Health Plans: An Insider’s Guide

DRI Webinar

June 16, 2015
Boot Camp: Key Employment Law Issues for the Hospitality Industry

Miami, FL

April 9, 2015

Statistical Evidence in Employment Law Cases

Labor and Employment Law Section - The Florida Bar Webinar

March 24, 2015

ERISA Disability – Hot Button Topics

Eastern Claims Conference - Excellence Through Education (ECC), Ridgewood, NY

February 24, 2015

The Affordable Care Act – How Does It Affect You?

Labor and Employment Committee Seminar, Dade County Bar Association

September 23, 2014

Economic Damages and Statistical Issues in Employment Discrimination Cases

6th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation - American Conference Institute, New York, NY

July 31, 2014

Defending Title VII Litigation: Rethinking Strategies After Recent Employee-Friendly Federal Court Rulings

Strafford National Webinar

June 18, 2014

The Conundrum of Mental Illness Limitations vis-à-vis Subjective Symptom Disability Claims

Eastern Claims Conference

February 23-25, 2014

Vexing Issues in Fair Labor Standards Act Claims

Hospitality Law Conference

February 11, 2014

The Impact of Disability Court Decisions

Western Claims Conference

August 2013

South Florida Health Care Roundtable

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

February 26-27, 2013

The Impact of Disability Court Decisions

Eastern Claims Conference

February 2013

Employee Criminal Background Checks And the EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidance

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

September 18, 2012

Disability Law Update

Eastern Claims Conference

February 2012

Objective Proof and Subjective Claims

Western Claims Conference

August 19, 2011

Objective Proof and Subjective Claims

Eastern Claims Conference

February 2011

Tip Pooling and Employee Misclassification

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

February 2011

The Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities

Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, Labor and Employment Section, Florida Bar

October 2009

The Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act

President’s Showcase Employment Seminar, Florida Bar

June 2009

Employee Discrimination Lawsuits and Successful Defense Strategies

Administrative Office of the Courts

May 2006

Recent Developments in the Law Regarding Employment Arbitration Agreements

Advanced Labor Topics, Labor and Employment Section - Florida Bar

May 2003

Education

  • J.D., Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, 1992With Honors
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1984

Bar Admission

Florida

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida