Dena Sharp

Dena C. Sharp is a partner at Girard Gibbs LLP who has dedicated her practice to representing plaintiffs in complex litigation throughout the United States.  She specializes in the day-to-day case management of multifaceted, high-profile cases, and has developed expertise directing complex electronic discovery projects in lawsuits including In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Securities and ERISA Litigation, In re SLM Corporation Securities LitigationBillitteri v. Securities America, Inc., In re Oppenheimer Rochester Funds Group Securities Litigation, and In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation.

Ms. Sharp is an active member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, the leading think tank on e-discovery.  She has contributed to federal rule making process by assisting in drafting proposed revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that have been presented to the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. Ms. Sharp is also a member of the American Bar Association, where she has served as Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division Litigation Committee, and the Federal Bar Association

Ms. Sharp has been selected every year since 2009 as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers, recognizing her as one of the best young attorneys practicing in Northern California. She speaks frequently on discovery issues around the country and has served on the faculty of The Sedona Conference Institute, a continuing legal education program featuring federal and state court judges, seasoned litigators, and in-house counsel.  She is the co-author of “Four Views of Consumer Fraud,” CAOC’s Forum Magazine, May/June 2012, among other articles.

Ms. Sharp graduated, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and was the recipient of the Best Oral Advocate Award. She was also the recipient of the Witkin award in her Legal Writing and Criminal Law courses. She received her undergraduate degree in history, magna cum laude, from Brown University. Ms. Sharp was a summer extern for the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and a spring extern for the Honorable John E. Munter, San Francisco Superior Court. She is fluent in Spanish and German, and is admitted to the California Bar. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California.