Kea Sherman is the founder of the Sherman Law Firm, a boutique firm that advocates for individuals and small businesses in civil matters. Additionally, Kea acts as general counsel to a number of companies located in the New Orleans area. She has spent the past decade tirelessly growing the firm, championing women’s rights by co-founding Emerge Louisiana and Les Femmes PAC and working to increase access to Early Childhood Education in Louisiana. In 2019, her passion for New Orleans and our state motivated Kea to run for the Louisiana Legislature in House District 98.
Never one to shy away from hard work, Kea got her first job at age 15, and continued to juggle multiple positions to put herself through college. Kea received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in communications and public relations. She studied civil law at the LSU Law Center, receiving her law degree in 2004 from the South Texas College of Law.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Kea worked as contractor with the Texas Education Agency to support the transition of relocated New Orleans students into Texas public schools. She witnessed first-hand the challenges so many New Orleans students faced. In addition to losing their loved ones, homes, and possessions, many of these students found themselves struggling academically, falling two to three years behind grade level on average. Kea was inspired to return to her childhood home to help rebuild the city of New Orleans.
As a young associate, Kea worked with the plaintiff’s lawyers, who would litigate Robinson v. United States – the lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers for its negligent maintenance and operation of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (better known as the MRGO). The opportunity to work on a case of this magnitude with such a personal connection was significant and transformative. She understood her life’s mission was to advocate for those without a voice and to make Louisiana a better place for all to live.
Kea has served on a fundraising committee for Educare New Orleans, the Board of Directors for Kingsley House and the Board of Directors for Dress for Success New Orleans. In 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Kea to serve as a Commissioner on the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. Kea is a member of Trinity Episcopal church in New Orleans. Super Lawyers recognized her as a Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Kea and her work have been featured in Vanity Fair, Inside New Orleans, and on ABC’s “20/20.
Kea resides in New Orleans, with her husband, Neal Bodenheimer, their daughter Hayden, and dog Fonzie.