Kaufman and Canoles

Mary Elizabeth Sherwin


Office: Norfolk

T (757) 624.3244
F (888) 360.9092


Mary Beth is a member in the firm's Medical Malpractice Section and also serves on the firm's Recruiting Committee.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

  • Counsels hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and other health care professionals on risk management issues, and handles guardianship and medical treatment proceedings
  • Defends health care professionals when their depositions are requested as treating providers
  • Represents health care professionals before health regulatory boards, including the Virginia Board of Medicine and the Virginia Board of Nursing - most recently defended physician who was full exonerated by Board despite receiving letter of reprimand from hospital for endangering resident
  • Handles the Medical Malpractice Team’s cases involving female health care professionals

Recognition and honors

  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • LEAD Hampton Roads, Class of 2014
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2014-2016
  • Virginia Rising Stars; Law & Politics, 2008-2014
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Editorial Board; William & Mary Law Review
  • William & Mary National Trial Team
  • Wellesley College Scholar


  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Norfolk Blocker YMCA; Board of Directors


  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


  • Columbia University; Paris France, 1996
  • Wellesley College; A.B., cum laude, 1997
  • College of William & Mary School of Law; J.D., 2000

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