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A skillful and creative litigator, Larry consistently has achieved exceptional results for his clients in dynamic, "high stakes" litigation matters across diverse industries for over 25 years.  An experienced and zealous advocate, Larry has tried several civil cases to judgment and frequently argues decisive and dispositive motions before numerous federal and state courts, federal and state agencies, Administrative Law Judges, and arbitration tribunals. Larry collaborates with clients, while keenly focusing on their needs and priorities to achieve both their legal and business objectives.  Larry's practice spans both government contracts and health care-related disputes, and principally involves litigating or counseling clients to avoid litigation in the following areas:

  • Government contract disputes, bid protests, Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims and appeals
  • Civil False Claims Act (FCA) violations and qui tam investigations
  • Health care-related litigation, administrative hearings and appeals
  • Federal Court Actions to enforce the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Challenging or demanding action by federal or state agencies
  • Complex commercial disputes, both domestic and international
  • Counseling on federal regulatory compliance issues


  • American University, Washington College of Law, 1989, J.D., cum laude, Dean's Fellow
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1986, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Valedictorian: History

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Colorado

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Superior Court - District of Columbia

  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Government Contracts Section)

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards & Recognition

  • “Recognized Practitioner Nationwide” in the area of Government Contracts by Chambers USA (2020)
  • Nationally Ranked Government Contracts Practice by Legal 500 U.S. (2016-2020) recognized for “leveraging expertise across a range of contracting matters, including False Claims Act, bid protests and litigation” (2020)
  • Recognized and noted as a “Key Figure” for Government Contracts matters in “the life sciences and healthcare sectors” by Legal 500 U.S. (2020)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award presented by The Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights for Pro-Bono representation of prisoner in a federal civil rights case (June 2011)

Media Appearances

  • 28 April 2020 "Insurers, Regulators Say Risk Corridor Ruling Forces Government to ‘Honor Its Obligations’" Best's Insurance News & Analysis 
  • 19 November 2019 "US Owes Anthem Units $107M Over ACA Risk Promise: Suit" Law360
  • 16 November 2017 "Obamacare Insurers Rack Up $12.3B in Losses From Risk Program" Bloomberg Government, Bloomberg BNA Health Care Daily Report, and Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives
  • 14 August 2017 “Molina’s $52M ACA win & what’s next” Benefits Pro
  • 10 August 2017 “Reed Smith’s Sher Talks About Molina’s $52 Million ACA Win and What’s Next” Corporate Counsel
  • 8 August 2017 “Judge Backs Health Insurer Molina in $52M ACA Suit, but It’s Not the End” Corporate Counsel
  • 7 August 2017 “In a rebuke to the GOP, a federal judge orders the government to pay Molina Health $52 million in Obamacare funds” Los Angeles Times
  • 4 August 2017 “Molina Healthcare Wins $52M in ACA Risk Corridor Dispute” Law360
  • 2 February 2017 "Feds Hope to Duck $482M in ACA 'Risk Corridor' Payments" Law360 by Jimmy Hoover
  • 12 December 2016 "Kasowitz Can't Use FCA for Unlevied Fines:  ChemCos." Law360
  • 6 June 2016 "N.C. Blue Cross Plan Seeks $130M from Government for Risk Corridor Losses" BNA's Health Law Reporter by Mary-Anne Pazanowski
  • 2 June 2016 "N.C. 'Blue' sues federal government, follows similar Highmark suit"  Pittsburgh Business Time
  • 2 June 2016 "North Carolina Blue Cross Sues Feds for $130M in Health Care Payments" The National Law Journal by C. Ryan Barber
  • 2 June 2016 "Blue Cross Blue Shield Sues Over $147M Owed Under ACA" Law360 by Michael Macagnone 
  • 17 May 2016 "Highmark Hits US with $223M Suite Over Unpaid ACA Money"  Law360
  • 17 May 2016 "Highmark Sues U.S. Over Affordable Care Act" The Wall Street Journal
  • 3 May 2016 "VA Now Open To Non-Trade Agreements Act Compliant Drugs" Law 360
  • 2 July 2015 "Health Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2015," Law360 by Jeff Overley
  • 6 October 2014 "High Court Won't Hear Omnicare Whistleblower's FCA Case" Law360 by Jeff Overley 
  • 6 October 2014 "High Court Snubs Omnicare Whistleblower's False Claims Act Appeal" The Litigation Daily by Jan Wolfe
  • 21 February 2014 "4th Circ. Axes Whistleblower's FCA Suit Against Omnicare" Law360 by Daniel Siegal 
  • 9 September 2013 "US Court Upholds BAE Award in Slovakian Dispute" Global Arbitration Review
  • 22 August 2013 "Reed Smith Scores for BAE in Contract Arbitration" AmLaw Litigation Daily
  • 2 April 2013 “Q&A With Reed Smith’s Larry Sher,” Law360 Government Contracts Profile
  • 15 January 2013 Quoted in The Washington Post "After Two-year Fight, Nonprofit Will Again Give D.C. Youths Job Training," regarding a successful bid protest challenge on behalf of pro-bono client Urban Alliance Foundation