Carly M. Sherman

Carly serves local governments and school districts in a general counsel capacity, assisting them with navigating the wide range of legal issues they face daily. She handles a variety of litigation matters for public sector clients and regularly appears before common pleas courts and administrative bodies across Ohio. She also drafts and reviews contracts, ordinances, resolutions and policies on a daily basis, and routinely serves as legal counsel for public sector clients during public meetings and administrative proceedings.

Carly’s litigation practice for both public and private clients focuses on land use, zoning and general real estate matters. She has experience handling administrative appeals from governmental zoning decisions, public nuisance abatement actions, and real estate contract disputes. Carly also frequently represents clients in real property tax appeals to boards of revision throughout southwest Ohio, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and common pleas courts.

Professional & Community Activities

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

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter, "Social Media Issues in the Public Sector," Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, March 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
  • 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

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2017
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Awards & Recognition

  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Land Use/Zoning), 2022-2023
  • 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
  • Recipient, Property II, Appellate Advocacy, Law and Special Education, CALI Awards
  • Placed, Best Brief, Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2017


  • University of Dayton School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude), 2017
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., Criminology, cum laude), 2013