Sheila Bridges


BS, Saint Mary’s College
JD, University of Chicago Law School
MPhil, University of Cambridge
MA, Cornell University


Sheila Bridges will launch the law school’s new Small & Medium Sized Law Firm Externship program, which provides students with the opportunity to work in small and medium-sized law firms for academic credit. Additionally, Bridges will introduce students to the major legal and professional issues that arise in the practice and management of small and medium-sized law firms, as well as the skills needed to succeed in such firms.

Bridges earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, she earned a Master of Philosophy in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge where she wrote a dissertation on the micro politics and practices of attorneys in large and midsize firms in Boston. Bridges went on to earn a Master’s in Government from Cornell University where she taught Political Theory and Introduction to American Politics and Government as a teaching fellow.

Bridges’ law practice has spanned complex commercial litigation, family law, and estate planning in both large international firms and midsize regional firms. Currently, she counsels families and individuals in estate planning, estate and gift taxation, charitable gift planning, and estate and trust administration at Sideman & Bancroft LLP. Previously, Bridges worked at Cooley LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in San Francisco, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Boston, concentrating on complex commercial litigation. In addition, Bridges has worked as a volunteer attorney at the Women’s Bar Foundation—Family Law Project. Bridges has also worked in law firm management at Proskauer Rose LLP and Mintz Levin in Boston, where she focused on inclusion and diversity efforts as well as attorney coaching.

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