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Dena Sharp has dedicated her practice to representing plaintiffs in complex litigation throughout the United States. She specializes in the management of multifaceted, high-profile cases. Ms. Sharp currently leads the firm’s work as co-lead counsel in In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation and In re Oppenheimer California Fund Securities Litigation. She is an expert in directing complex, multi-party electronic discovery and has coordinated discovery in cases including In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation and In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation. Ms. Sharp has also played a leading role in the firm’s successful prosecution of numerous complex cases, including In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Securities and ERISA Litigation, In re SLM Corporation Securities Litigation, and Billitteri v. Securities America, Inc.

An active member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, the leading think tank on e-discovery, Ms. Sharp is an author of the Third Edition of the Sedona Principles: Best Practices and Principles for Electronic Document Production, a widely cited authority. 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 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. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, where she has served as Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee, and the Federal Bar Association.

Ms. Sharp has been selected as a Super Lawyer or Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2009. She serves on the three-person Editorial Board of the influential Duke Law Proportionality Guidelines and Practices and is a co-author of a forthcoming ABA book on class action practice.

Ms. Sharp is a 2006 graduate, cum laude, of 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 in 1997. Ms. Sharp was a summer 2005 extern for the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. Ms. Sharp also served as a spring 2005 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, the District of Colorado, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Northern California Super Lawyers, 2017

Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2009-2016

  • J.D., cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of Law
    Thurston Society, recipient of Best Oral Advocate Award
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Brown University
  • Impact Fund, Board of Directors
  • The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Sections on Antitrust, Securities Litigation, and Pretrial Practice and Discovery
    • Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division Litigation Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Northern District of California Chapter
  • State Bar of California, Member, Litigation Section
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Speaker, Interpreting Rule 37(e): What Have We Learned from Six Months of Decisions?

Bloomberg BNA Webinar


Speaker, “The Sedona Principles, Third Edition”

The Sedona Conference WG1 Annual Meeting

April 2016

Speaker, Amending the Federal Rules: Intended and Unintended Consequences Webinar

Bloomberg BNA


Taxation of e-Discovery Costs Under 28 U.S.C. 1920(4): A Cost Shifting Trap for the Unwary

American Association for Justice Class Action Litigation Newsletter


Panelist, Working Group 1: Electronic Document Retention and Production



Speaker, “Update on the Sedona Principles, Third Edition”

The Sedona Conference WG1Annual Meeting

April 2015

Guest Lecturer, Civil Litigation Seminar

University of California, Hastings College of the Law


Speaker, “Lawyering on the Plaintiffs’ Side”

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

October 2013

Writing Effective Discovery Motions (co-author)

AAJ Women’s Trial Caucus

Summer 2013

Four Views of Consumer Fraud

CAOC's Forum Magazine

Faculty and Speaker, “6th Annual Staying Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve Program”

The Sedona Conference Institute

March 2012

Speaker, “Effective Use of Written Discovery”

ABA Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting

October 2010

Appeal This: When Can a District Court Include Attorney’s Fees in an Appellate Bond? (co-author)

The Consumer Advocate, Volume 14, No. 2

January 2008

Speaker, “Class Action Litigation in the United States”

Presentation for Japanese Fact-Finding Mission on Class Actions in the United States

June 2007

Slice 1 BLF 2017