Carly serves as assistant law director for a number of municipalities and townships, and often attends legislative and administrative meetings and hearings in her capacity as legal counsel for our local government clients.  Carly drafts and reviews contracts, ordinances, resolutions and policies, and answers and finds creative solutions for the variety of legal questions and issues that pop up for our public sector clients on a daily basis.  She also guides public sector clients through real estate transactional deals by, among other things, negotiating terms, drafting deal documents (purchase and sale agreements, option agreements, easement agreements, lease agreements, etc.), and handling post-closing matters such as real estate tax exemption filings and proceedings.

In addition to her day-to-day general counsel work, Carly handles a wide range of litigation matters for public sector clients; regularly appearing before common pleas courts and administrative bodies across Ohio.  She has represented clients in eminent domain, mandamus, tort and contract disputes, but her litigation practice largely focuses on land use, zoning, public nuisance abatement, and other general real estate matters.

A large subset of Carly’s public sector practice is real estate tax litigation.  Carly frequently represents school districts (both as a complainant and counter-complainant) in real property tax appeals to boards of revision throughout the State of Ohio.  Her legal representation often continues on through further appeals to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and common pleas courts. She has vast experience advising school districts with respect to these cases, successfully arguing these cases in favor of our clients, and negotiating positive settlements with involved property owners and counties on behalf of school district clients.


University of Dayton School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude), 2017

The Ohio State University (B.A., Criminology, cum laude), 2013


  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Land Use & Zoning), 2022-2024
  • Finest Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Cincinnati, 2021
  • Recipient, Best Research and Writing for Law Review Comment, University of Dayton School of Law Dean Francis Conte Award, 2016
  • Placed, Best Brief, Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2017

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Forensic Evaluation Service Center
  • Member, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Rising Star Leadership Program, 2021


Presentations & Publications

Additional Items

  • Author, “City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan Natl. Advertising of Austin, LLC – Loosening the First Amendment’s Grip on Government Sign Regulations,” June 2022
  • Presenter, "Social Media Issues in the Public Sector," Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, March 2022
  • Author, “Bricker Basic for Running an Efficient Public Meeting”, February 2022
  • Author, "To Abstain or Not to Abstain: When Should Public Officials Recuse Themselves from Voting on a Public Issue?", Ohio Township Association Ohio Township News, November/December 2021 issue
  • Presenter, "Before You Leave Office: A Check List," Ohio Township Association, November 2021
  • Author, “Important Ohio Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Proper Method to Value ‘Big Box’ Stores,” August 2021
  • Presenter, "OMAA/OML Webinar: Food Trucks," Ohio Municipal League, July 2019
  • Presenter, "The Food Truck Phenomenon: A Look at Municipal Regulation of Mobile Food Vendors Through Zoning, Cities & Villages," Ohio Municipal League, May/June 2019

Outside The Office

Outside of the office, Carly enjoys spending time with her husband, Sawyer; son, Henry; and extended family members in the Dayton, Ohio area.

Carly Sherman, Bricker Graydon LLP Photo

Carly M. Sherman

  • 312 North Patterson Blvd.
    Suite 200
    Dayton, OH 45402 -1800


  • State of Ohio, 2017
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio
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