Cheryl Bradford met her current employers, Adam Springel and Leonard Fink of Springel & Fink, LLP, while working on a case, and the three made an immediate connection. Adam and Leonard were impressed, and rightfully so, with Cheryl’s extensive and diverse background in the legal field. She’s been an attorney since 2006, after graduating cum laude a year early from UNLV Boyd School of Law in 2005. Prior to law school, Cheryl was licensed as a property, casualty, and life insurance agent, and after, she practiced complex litigation for a boutique litigation firm for 10 years. She then spent the next five years at a regional insurance defense firm in general liability practice, similar to what she does today in Springel & Fink’s Las Vegas office after joining them in January 2020. Today, Cheryl independently manages general liability cases from retention to trial. Her practice encompasses product liability, retail, restaurant, hospitality, and transportation concerns, as well as catastrophic losses and insurance defense for product cases. Some of the cases that fascinate her the most are those dealing with food allergies because of their basis in science.
Cheryl’s experience, both in terms of diversity and sheer amount, puts her in a decidedly advantageous position when it comes to the knowledge and skills she uses to this day. One of her most notable was a $125 million fraud case on which her clients were the only parties dismissed on summary judgment. “I learned so much,” she says. “I got a lot of great exposure and experience that many other lawyers may not have received.” Besides the great culture and sense of community at Springel & Fink, Cheryl also appreciates the breadth of subjects she gets to handle there. “I enjoy general liability and don’t see myself focusing on a narrower specialty,” she says.
As for Cheryl, she was impressed by Springel & Fink’s forward-thinking, employee-focused approach to managing a law firm. By being flexible and supportive of their staff, Cheryl and her colleagues find themselves actually being more productive, more efficient, and less stressed, which in turn results in better outcomes and more satisfied clients. As a mother of three school-aged children, Cheryl was especially delighted to find that the firm was more than happy to let her work remotely as needed, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. “Adam and Lenny have created a team environment that fits very well with my level of experience and allows me to work with younger associates and still find time for my children” she says.
Founded in Irvine, California, in 1997, Springel & Fink has offices in three states and nearly two dozen attorneys in its employ. It’s been AV rated by Martindale-Hubble for more than 20 years, and has upheld a strong standard of integrity, sincerity, and compassion for each of its clients. While she works closely with Leonard Fink, Cheryl is able to manage her cases independently, something she values deeply. “I get to be in charge of my own world,” she says. In addition to her work as senior counsel with Springel & Fink and raising her three children, Cheryl is also the vice president of Gray Plunkett Jydstrup Senior Living, a non-profit corporation which offers affordable housing to seniors.
Senior Counsel — Springel & Fink, LLP