Dena C. Sharp is a partner at Girard Gibbs LLP. She dedicates her practice to representing plaintiffs in complex litigation throughout the United States. She specializes in managing all aspects of multifaceted, high-profile cases and currently leads the firm’s work in cases including In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation and In re Oppenheimer California Fund Securities Litigation. Ms. Sharp is experienced in managing complex electronic discovery projects, and has coordinated discovery in In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation and In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation, among others. She has played a key role in achieving recoveries of more than $300 million in In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Securities and ERISA Litigation, In re SLM Corporation Securities Litigation, Billitteri v. Securities America, Inc.
Ms. Sharp is an active member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, the leading think tank on electronic discovery. She serves on the drafting team responsible for revising and updating the “Sedona Principles: Best Practices and Principles for Electronic Document Production,” a widely cited authority. Ms. Sharp speaks and writes frequently about discovery issues 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 serves on the board of directors of the Impact Fund, a public interest law non-profit organization offering grants, advocacy and education to support litigation on behalf of marginalized communities seeking economic, environmental and social justice. Ms. Sharp is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. She 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.
Ms. Sharp graduated, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society, and received the Best Oral Advocate Award as well as Witkin awards (for the highest grade in the class) 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. Ms. Sharp is admitted to the California Bar, and is admitted practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California.