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Sheryl Bjork concentrates her practice on the defense of complex mass tort product liability claims, representing some of the world's largest medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in individual, multi-district litigation, and class action litigation. With experience encompassing all aspects of case work-up and trial management, clients confidently call upon Sheryl to represent them no matter the product, issue or claim. 

She is currently part of the case work-up and trial teams defending claims involving pelvic mesh. Recently, she played a key role on the national coordinating counsel team for an infusion pump manufacturer, particularly in the development of its medical cause defenses. In this capacity, she deposed and defended dozens of medical experts and treating physicians, as well as plaintiffs. She has served as local counsel on more than 20 cases for a pharmaceutical company in MDL litigation. She has worked with medical experts and consultants in various specialties (e.g., orthopedics, gastroenterology, infectious disease, urogynecology, psychiatry, and wound care) to create effective and cohesive defense themes. Sheryl has also coordinated several large-scale electronic document collection efforts.

Sheryl has defended against claims across the country relating to an array of products, including prescription and over-the counter medications, dietary supplements, airway management devices, latex gloves, orthopedic implants and cold therapy machines. Additionally, she has worked extensively to prepare sales representatives from a variety of medical device manufacturers for both deposition and trial. 

She has published numerous articles and CLE materials on current topics in medical device/pharmaceutical litigation, Minnesota product liability law, and settlement issues.  She has also taught legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School. In her free time, Sheryl provides pro bono services for children. In 2014, Sheryl and several of her Bowman and Brooke colleagues were awarded the Children’s Law Center’s Distinguished Service Award.


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1990

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1990
    magna cum laude
    Order of the Coif
    University of Miami Law Review, Editor
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., 1985
    magna cum laude

Professional Associations

    • Trial Attorneys of America
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • “The Company’s Front Line: Sales Representatives and Life Sciences Litigation,” Co-Presenter, Webinar, September 2018
  • “Litigation Trends and Claims Forecast for the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Clinical Trial Industries,” Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, December 2017

Publications

  • "Trial Treatment of Partial Release," Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Fifth Edition, 2006
  • "Minnesota Products Liability," Minnesota Defense, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 1992
  • "Indirect Gag Orders and the Doctrine of Prior Restraint," 44 University of Miami Law Review 165, September 1989