Sherman Chu focuses his practice on China and US based (including cross-border) technology transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, complex intellectual property and commercial agreements, and open source. He advises Chinese and US companies on effective structuring and operationalizing of transactions to gain approval on regulatory requirements such as CFIUS, export control and anti-corruption.

Sherman joined DLA Piper from Cisco, where he oversaw major legal functions of the company with teams of 20 or more attorneys. He served as General Counsel for the Greater China region for six years, during which he was also responsible for all the major emerging economics (BRIC). Prior to that, Sherman was head of Cisco's worldwide transactions practice for ten years, responsible for supporting mergers and acquisition, strategic alliance, intellectual property, supply chain, marketing, procurement, cloud, SaaS, and other transactions, as well as overseeing antitrust and open source practice areas – in total, roughly two-thirds of Cisco's operations. In addition, he was also elected to the position of Vice-Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, where he represented the interests of a range of businesses in the US and China on legal and political issues.

Sherman's experience in supervising and closing complex transactions in the US, China and elsewhere has been reflected in a number of awards, among them Cisco's chairman-level Pioneer award for innovative legal services.