It is with heavy hearts, but the best of wishes, that we announce that our partner, friend, and mentor Ken Sherman, Jr. is retiring. For 46 years Ken set the bar high with his dedication to his clients, uncanny problem-solving skills, and ability to listen astutely to his clients. Ken’s departure leaves shoes too large to fill.
Ken was deservedly and particularly proud of his long-term representation of the Oregon Bankers Association, playing a significant role in drafting multiple pieces of legislation that continue to shape and guide commercial banking practices throughout the state.
Ken’s influence extended well beyond the walls of our firm and the legal field. One of the youngest to be awarded Salem’s prestigious First Citizen Award, Ken was an active member of the Salem Rotary Club, Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council, City of Salem Downtown Advisory Board, Salem Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties, and too many other organizations to name.
Perhaps Ken’s greatest pride is his long running and continuing service on the Salem Hospital Board of Trustees. Ken followed his father as a member of the board; the Shermans’ leadership was and is a lasting legacy. So much so, Salem Health recognized their service by naming the board room at the hospital the Sherman Board Room.
Ken’s legacy and leadership inside and outside our firm left us and our community better than how he found them. We thank him for it, and pledge to do our best to carry on his legacy.
We wish Ken all the best in his retirement and hope he has many years of traveling, fishing, and enjoying life with his wife Betsy, their adult daughters and husbands, and 7 grandchildren.