GALLAGHER & CAVANAUGH LLP Counsellors at Law

Sheryl M. Bourbeau

Sheryl M. Bourbeau
Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP
The Gaslight Building
22 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA  01852
Tel  978.452.0522, ext. 115
Fax 978.452.0482
Email: sherylb@gcattorneys.com

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Areas of Practice

Ms. Bourbeau has extensive experience representing international, national, and local companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals in wide range of employment, litigation, business, insurance, and contract matters. She is experienced in large-exposure multi-jurisdictional litigation and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts. She has also represented clients in administrative hearings, arbitration, mediation, and pre-litigation settings.

Ms. Bourbeau's employment law practice includes developing employee handbooks and employment policies; employment, separation, non-disclosure/non-compete/non-solicitation, and other agreements; advising employers regarding state and federal employment laws and handling of day-to-day employment issues such as wage and hour compliance, reasonable accommodations, and risk reduction strategies; developing and conducting training programs; misappropriation of trade secrets; discrimination claims; internal and independent investigations; and litigation.

Business and non-profit law practice includes advising business and non-profit clients regarding wide range of legal issues, including leases and other contracts; drafting formal and informal legal opinions regarding interpretation of laws and regulations, liability exposures, insurance coverage, and contractual risk transfer; litigation of business torts and contractual disputes; with the focus on achieving client goals and providing maximum legal protection, managing risk, and limiting liability.

Personal/Professional Experience

Ms. Bourbeau was born in Lynn, Massachusetts.  Before joining Gallagher & Cavanaugh, Ms. Bourbeau was a sole practitioner in Danvers, Massachusetts for several years and an associate at Sarrouf, Tarricone & Flemming in Boston, Massachusetts.

Publications/Presentations

Lecturer/Panel Member:  Medical Records for the Paralegal, Northern Essex Community College, Paralegal Program, 4/5/06;  Paralegal Litigation Skills, 6/23/04;  Practical Use of Medical Records in Litigation, How to Read Medical Records for the Paralegal, MCLE, 11/16/00;  Medical Malpractice (Part I): Selecting and Preparing the Successful Case, 4/13/00;  Evidence for the Litigation Paralegal in Massachusetts, 2/24/99;  Suffolk University Law School Health Law Society, Forum on Careers in Health Care Law, 4/3/96; Editor: Section Review, Massachusetts Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, 2001-2004; Author: ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition Fact Pattern, 1998, 1999, and 2000; Editor and contributor: MATA Legal Notes, New Lawyers News Pages, 1994-1996.

Bar and Court Admissions

Ms. Bourbeau was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1993.  She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. 

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, 1993 (cum laude)
B.A., University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 1983

Activities

Ms. Bourbeau is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, where she served on the Civil Litigation Section Council and as Section Review Editor from 2001 to 2004. She has coached mock trial teams and regularly serves as judge for the Massachusetts Bar Associations' Mock Trial Program and has served as judge for other mock trial and negotiation competitions. She is also a member of the Womens' Bar Association and Greater Lowell Bar Associations and is a past member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where she held several committee positions, including the Publications Committee, Public Education Committee, Womens' Caucus, and Medical Negligence Committee. In addition, Ms. Bourbeau serves on the Board of Directors of the Lowell Community Health Center.

Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP
The Gaslight Building
22 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA  01852
Tel  978.452.0522
Fax 978.452.0482

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