Torri Sherlin

Torri Sherlin brings a lifelong passion for the outdoors to Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group in San Diego. Joining our Ecolawyers unit in 2018, Ms. Sherlin shares her enthusiasm for safeguarding the environment by representing numerous California counties in their claims against negligent utility companies for their role in the devastating wildfires that scorched so much of California in 2017.

Born and raised in San Diego, Torri Sherlin infuses her environmental law practice with a fervent love of nature. Growing up, she spent most of her free time hiking, running, surfing, camping and playing soccer. Her zest for being immersed in all things outdoors fostered a keen desire to dedicate her life and career to protecting the environment and ultimately led her to join the San Diego office of Baron & Budd’s Ecolawyers Environmental Litigation Group.

Torri Sherlin’s ardent drive to protect the environment fuels the enthusiasm with which she strives to get results for our clients. Ms. Sherlin represents several public entities, including the counties of Mendocino, Napa, Calaveras, Sonoma, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Lake, as well as the cities of Santa Barbara and Ventura and the Fire Protection Districts of Montecito and Carpinteria-Summerland, in wildfire litigation as a result of the destructive wildfires that ravaged California in 2017. As the first reports of fires emerged, various emergency dispatchers received calls reporting downed power lines and transformers exploding. Multiple power company equipment failures raised questions about local utilities’ maintenance of their property and devices and revealed that a failure to remove trees in the path of power lines may have been a contributing factor. Torri Sherlin is committed to protecting the rights of communities which have lost lives, property and value in wildfires caused by the negligence of utility corporations. By representing counties and cities against Pacific Gas & Electric Company and other electric corporations, she is sending a strong signal to utilities that they will be held accountable for their negligence.

Prior to joining Baron and Budd, Ms. Sherlin represented businesses in the hospitality industry. It was there that she honed her skills in fostering a service-oriented approach to litigation. As a result of her background in labor-related proceedings, Ms. Sherlin understands the passion and devotion it takes to exceed her client’s needs and get the results they deserve.

The steadfast determination Torri Sherlin now brings to protecting the environment once drove her competitive spirit as a college athlete. Ms. Sherlin competed in the Women’s Soccer, Cross Country and Track teams at Concordia University in Austin, Texas, concluding her athletic campaign with a conference championship, regional rankings and individual all-conference awards. Ms. Sherlin’s coaches consistently characterized her as tenacious. That dogged persistence now propels her dedication to providing top quality legal representation to the communities and public entities she represents at Baron & Budd.

In her free time, Ms. Sherlin enjoys hiking and exploring new places with her husband and yellow lab, Mookie.

Education

University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, J.D., 2016

Concordia University, Austin, Texas, B.A., 2012, Behavioral Sciences, Cum Laude

Bar and Court Admissions

California State Bar

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

San Diego County Bar Association

California Young Lawyers Association

Awards

Pro-Bono Service Award for providing more than 100 hours of pro-bono service at University of San Diego School of Law

Honors Award in Negotiation and International Negotiation at University of San Diego School of Law