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.