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Sherry A. Leary, CLM

Chief Operating Officer


Sherry (Perna) Leary is the firm's Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Sherry oversees the financial, administrative and operational functions of the firm. She has been employed by Morris James for over 20 years, serving as the firm’s Controller prior to this role. Since being promoted to this role, Sherry has implemented a number of strategies and programs to advance the firm’s client-centric, people-focused mission.

Sherry is also focused on talent development and firm morale. She has revamped and improved the firm’s mentoring program to allow for additional teamwork training and social activities. Sherry has also held firm wide diversity and inclusion trainings to ensure an inclusive workplace, and regularly looks for ways to improve employee engagement. 

Sherry earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Richard Stockton State College of NJ and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wilmington University. She also earned a Certified Legal Manager certificate from the Association of Legal Administrators in 2010. ALA's Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program indicates your ability to operate at a high level of expertise in the field of legal management.

Sherry is a longstanding member of the Associations of Legal Administrators and served as President of the First State Chapter in 2015 and 2016. She also served in other executive leadership positions within the chapter Secretary and Treasurer. During her tenure in the organization, she has volunteered on a several committees including education, membership, social and Chaired the Business Partner committee. Through her work with ALA, she participates in charitable events that support the Delaware community, including supply drives for local schools, fundraising for Faithful Friends, volunteering at the Emanuel Dining Room, and the Chapter’s sponsorship of Kay’s Kamp, a summer camp for children with cancer.


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Association of Legal Administrators

  • President, Delaware Chapter: 2015, 2016

Combined Campaign for Justice

Delaware SPCA

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Certified Legal Manager, Association of Legal Administrators (2010)
Wilmington University, MBA (2002)
Richard Stockton State College of NJ, BS in Accounting (1999)

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