Melissa Arbus Sherry

  • Partner
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
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Melissa Arbus Sherry is Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. Ms. Sherry returned to Latham’s Washington, D.C. office in October 2014 after serving five years as an assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. In this role, Ms. Sherry represented the federal government before the Supreme Court and assisted in overseeing the government’s litigation in the federal appellate courts. Ms. Sherry has worked extensively with federal government agencies and various components within the Department of Justice.

Ms. Sherry has argued ten cases before the Supreme Court, including:

  • POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co.*
  • Bowman v. Monsanto*
  • Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds*
  • CSX Transportation v. Alabama Department of Revenue*

Ms. Sherry has also drafted more than a hundred briefs before the Court, including in numerous commercial cases. Her experience spans a wide range of areas, including intellectual property, securities fraud, healthcare, international law, employment discrimination, personal jurisdiction, and equitable tolling.

Ms. Sherry has been recognized by many leading publications. In 2008, Legal Bisnow named Ms. Sherry as one of the top 30 D.C. lawyers under 30. In 2015, Law360 named her as a Rising Star of 2015 in appellate law, and she was selected as one of the region’s top young professionals in 40 Under 40 by the Washington Business Journal. She is also recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 in the nationwide Appellate categories.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Sherry was an associate at Latham. During that time, she briefed several appeals in the Second, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and D.C. Circuits, as well as in state appellate courts, and she argued a case in the Second Circuit.

Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Sherry served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens, and to Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

*Matter handled prior rejoining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • My Supreme Court Debut: 1 Final Sentence -  October 31, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Dismissal Not Mandatory for False Claims Act Seal Violation -  February 01, 2017
  • Supreme Court Revisits Insider-Trading Liability -  December 09, 2016
  • Supreme Court Denies Cert in Lamictal Pay-For-Delay Litigation -  November 15, 2016
  • Supreme Court Decides When A Statement Of Opinion Can Trigger Section 11 Liability -  March 25, 2015
Ms. Sherry is praised as a "very, very talented lawyer," noting her skills as a "very effective writer" and describing her as "unflappable in court."Chambers USA 2018
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2003
  • BA, Tufts University, 2000
  • Communications
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Communications Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability