Sheila E. Fix

Sheila E. Fix: Attorney with Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

Sheila focuses her practice on employment, construction, professional liability and toxic tort litigation. Bringing a powerful combination of experience as a partner at WSHB and a former active duty Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, Sheila has tried over 75 cases, including 20 jury trials. In the construction arena, she has successfully tried cases involving public works projects, residential construction, and landslide and subsidence claims. Sheila also counsels owners, builders and contractors on risk management issues in all phases of the construction process and assists them with drafting of contracts, securing approval of subdivision documents, and complying with right to repair laws.

As part of her employment litigation and consultation practice, she provides workplace training on risk management, as well as discrimination and harassment awareness initiatives. Bringing her Navy background to the table, she has experience in conducting compliance audits and overseeing internal investigations, as well as drafts, negotiates, and provides advice to clients on service and non-competition agreements. Her litigation practice includes defense of sensitive discrimination, harassment and wage claims for her clients. In this arena, Sheila frequently litigates disputed claims under Title VII, the ADA, FLSA, FMLA, FDCPA, FCRA and associated state and local laws.

A Captain (O-6) in the Navy Reserve JAG Corps, she serves in two key senior leadership roles in the Reserve Law Program. Sheila acts as the Reserve Deputy Inspector General, Office of the Judge Advocate General Inspector General, and as Special Assistant for Public Affairs to the Reserve Deputy Judge Advocate General. Previously, she served as the Deputy Force Judge Advocate (legal advisor) to Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command; the Staff Judge Advocate for the Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command, the Commanding Officer for two units comprised of attorneys and paralegals, and the Staff Judge Advocate for the First Naval Construction Division (Forward). As part of her service and practice, she has been recognized for many awards, including:

•Judge Advocate’s Association, 2016 Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney, Navy Reserve
•The Gilbert Cup for the Best Navy Reserve Law Unit for her tenure as Commanding Officer
•The Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Award for Best Junior Officer, West Coast
•The San Diego Navy League Military Woman of Achievement

Awards & Accomplishments

AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

The Judge Advocates Association's U.S. Navy Reserve Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Award, 2016

Named as a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine, 2013 - 2017

Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell, Jr., Award of Excellence, Junior Officer, West Coast

National Merit Scholar

Navy League Military Woman of Achievement

Events, Seminars & Presentations

CLM New York Conference, Peace, Joy & Happiness: The Zen of Mediating Difficult Positions and Issues with Emotional Parties, December 12, 2018

CLM Construction Insurance Conference, Look Out: Impact of the Labor Crisis on Construction Claims and the Right to Repair, September 26, 2018

2009 International Builders Show, Green Building Products - Can They Perform as Promised?, January 20-23, 2009

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Meeting the Challenge of the Construction Defect Claim: A Pro-Active Risk Management Strategy, October 28, 2008

West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar, Going Green: Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?, May 5, 2008

National Association of Homebuilders International Builders Show, Meeting the Challenge of the Multi-Family Housing Construction Claim, February 15, 2008

Trial & Appellate Results

Pinnacle Museum Tower Assn. v. Pinnacle Market Development S186149.

Promenade at Playa Vista Homeowners Association v. Western Pacific Housing, Inc., 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. WL 6052034.

VICTORY: WSH&B Wins a Landmark Construction Defect Case!

Publications

Changing Demographics Drive Jury Verdicts and Impact Claims Analysis In California’s Central Valley

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Appellate
  • Business Transactions
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
  • Disaster Litigation
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Hospitality
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Entity Defense
  • Toxic Tort and Occupational Exposure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(559) 437-2860  Phone
(559) 438-1350  Fax
www.wshblaw.com
Year of First Admission:
1987
Admission:
1987, Texas; 1988, California
Memberships:

Memberships

National Association of Home Builders Construction Law Attorney Forum

Building Industry Association of Southern California

Associated General Contractors of California

U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter

LACBA Construction Law Subsection Steering Committee

Birth Information:
1961
ISLN:
901020022

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Fresno, California

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