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Sheila D. Crawford


California State University, Chico

Santa Clara University School of Law

Sheila Crawford is a partner in the firm, having joined Bertrand, Fox, Osman & Wenzel in 2013. Her practice focuses on the defense of a variety of public entities, including counties, cities, and special districts in cases involving claims of civil rights violations, personal injury, dangerous condition of public property, and breach of contract. She regularly advises and represents clients from initial investigation of claims through pleadings, discovery, summary judgment, and the resolution of cases.


Ms. Crawford graduated summa cum laude from Chico State University in 2008, earning her BA in Political Science and Multicultural and Gender Studies before obtaining her Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2011. While attending Santa Clara University, she served as Comments Editor for the Law Review. Ms. Crawford clerked for United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of California and the California Attorney General’s Office before joining a Sacramento law firm specializing in public entity defense.


Ms. Crawford has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 2011 and is admitted to the Federal District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.




Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA) – February 2019: “Avoiding the Danger Zone: Minimizing Risk and Defending Claims for Dangerous Conditions of Public Property, Inverse Condemnation, and Violation of Mandatory Duties”


Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA) – February 2021: “Rope Swings, Mountain Bikes, Hillsides, and Trees – What Possibly Could Go Wrong? Using Immunities and Other Risk Management Strategies to Minimize Exposure in Dangerous Condition and Inverse Condemnation Cases”

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