Sherry D. Coley


Sherry D. Coley

Location: Appleton

Location: Green Bay

T: 920.431.2239

F: 920.431.2279

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Assistant: Kimberley Biese

T: 920.431.2248


  • Joyce Bytof Exceptional Mentor Award, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (2019)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine - Business Litigation (2019-2021)
  • Women in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal (2018)
  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation (2015)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2016)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2009-2015)


  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Drake University, with honors


Sherry is a member of Davis|Kuelthau’s Litigation Team practicing in the Green Bay office. Her practice primarily focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, business torts, financial services litigation, real estate foreclosures and work-outs, and tax assessment appeals.

Sherry is also a member of the Intellectual Property Team representing clients in district courts across the country, as well as, in the Ninth and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. She has litigated patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and trade secret cases in a wide variety of industries including consumer products, food products and software development. Notable among this experience is a successful patent jury trial verdict with a finding of inducement and willful infringement by the principal defendant, and the defeat of a preliminary injunction motion filed by an on the shelf competitor.

Sherry has also represented financial institutions in state and federal court on a variety of commercial lending disputes, including defense of counterclaims raised in response to foreclosure or deficiency actions, and disputes arising from insolvent borrowers, including proceedings in bankruptcy court. In addition, she has defended manufacturers in product liability actions involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage.

Sherry has significant trial experience, including extensive jury trial experience, in both state and federal courts. She has represented clients in appeals pending in the state appellate courts of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.

Sherry is fluent in French.


Professional Activities

Admitted, State of Georgia (2018 – present)

Admitted, State Bar of Wisconsin

Admitted, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Admitted, Seventh Circuit Court, Ninth Circuit, Federal Circuit

Admitted, United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Admitted, United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Admitted, United States District Court, Central District of Illinois (2003)

Admitted, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas (pro hac vice)

Admitted, United States District Court, Central District of California (pro hac vice) (2004)

Admitted, United States Court of Appeals Federal District (2003)

Member, Brown County Bar Association (2016 – present)

Member, Outagamie County Bar Association

Member, Eastern District Bar Association

Member, Seventh Circuit Bar Association (2017 – present)

Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Member, Judicial Council, State Bar of Wisconsin, elected representative (2016 – present)

Member, NEW Manufacturing Alliance (2012)

Board of Governors, State Bar of Wisconsin (2016)

Finance Committee Chair, State Bar of Wisconsin, (2012-2013, 2019)

Secretary, State Bar of Wisconsin (2014 – 2016)

Chairperson, Board of Governors, State Bar of Wisconsin

Young Lawyers Division (YLD) liaison, State Bar of Wisconsin (2015)

Co-Chair, Board of Governors, State Bar of Wisconsin, Challenges Facing New Lawyers Committee

Community Involvement

Secretary, Building for Kids Children’s Museum - Board of Directors (2018)

Board of Directors, President, Phoenix Fund (2003)

Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWRIC) (President (2016-2017), Board of Directors (2015-present)

Published Articles / Presentations

Co-Author, 3rd edition of Trade Marks USA: Trends and Developments 2019, Chambers Global Practice Guide

August 22, 2018, Executive Breakfast Forum: Navigating the Regional Impact of Foxconn Seminar, moderator

May 18, 2018, 10 Pearls of Wisdom in Negotiating Contracts, 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting of Members, Association of Corporate Counsel

June 16-19, 2016, Discovery: It’s a Whole New Ball Game, 23rd Annual Central States Workshop, American Bankruptcy Institute

May 19, 2016, Beyond the Rules: Leveraging the New Federal Discovery Rules to Curtail Discovery Cost and Expedite Resolution, 11th Annual Association of Corporate Counsel Chapter Conference

May 17, 2016, Risky Business: Managing Risk Near and Far, D|K Breakfast Briefing

February 17, 2010, Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar

January 15, 2008, Post Judgment - How to Collect: Finding the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg

November 14, 2006, Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) Fox Cities/Green Bay Chapter