Paul A. Sherier, 89, who was an attorney with the Interstate Commerce Commission for nearly 20 years before retiring in 1957, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at the Iliff nursing home in Dunn Loring, Va.

Mr. Sherier was a third generation Washingtonian who was a graduate of the old Little School House on MacArthur Boulevard NW. He earned a law degree at Georgetown University in 1916.

After practicing criminal and civil law in Washington, he joined the I.C.C. in the late 1930s. After leaving the Commission he practiced transportation law before retiring a second time. Mr. Sherier's grandfather, Conrad Sherier, began farming land near the Potomac River and MacArthur Boulevard in the District of Columbia in 1847. A street intersecting Arizona Avenue that ran roughly parallel to MacArthur was named "Sherier Place" in the family's honor in 1891.

Mr. Sherier fought city hall for years to correct the street's name to Sherier Place with one "R". He won his 25-year battle in 1976, and was as proud of this as of any court action in which he was involved.

Mr. Sherier's wife, Annette Y. Sherier, died in 1979.

Survivors include three daughters, Anne S. Reckert, Jean K. Sherier, and Lois S. Mills, all of Washington, and one grandchild.