Sharon defends clients in high-exposure, complex litigation, often involving complex quantitative analysis. She focuses her representation on financial services clients.

Overview

Sharon also handles class action litigation and appellate litigation for a range of clients. She uses her quantitative analysis skills to assess damages theories (e.g. how much of the plaintiff’s damage is due to the defendant’s allegedly bad acts and how much is due to an economic down turn?), quantitative methods of proof, the quantitative impact of various arguments, potential exposure, and the appropriate legal strategy for each case.

Sharon also helps clients navigate situations in which they are unable to perform their contracts due to unforeseeable events like epidemics and extreme weather conditions (force majeure events). She advises clients on how to draft their contracts to minimize their litigation risks.

Additionally, Sharon represents medical care providers in overpayment and False Claims Act disputes.

Experience

Sharon represents several large companies in high-exposure cases brought by the Minnesota Attorney General for alleged violations of consumer protection and public nuisance laws.

Sharon has represented over a dozen banks and mortgage lenders in multimillion dollar suits brought by large private purchasers of mortgage loans, seeking indemnification in connection with settlements they made with RMBS Trustees and government-sponsored entities.

Sharon represents a loan servicer in an indemnity action brought by a purchaser of distressed loans.

Sharon has advised dozens of clients on how to navigate force majeure events.

Sharon has advised dozens of clients on how to minimize their risk of liability arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sharon represents a property and casualty insurer in a class action involving allegations of improper labor depreciation.

Sharon represents a distributor in multiple contract disputes.

Sharon represented a defendant in a mortgage loan repurchase action.

She represented an egg producer in an antitrust class action.

Sharon represented an insurer in a consumer fraud putative class action. Sharon and her team obtained Rule 12 dismissal of all claims in a case of first impression in Minnesota.

She has worked on numerous appeals. Sharon was a judicial clerk on the Minnesota Court of Appeals; she was an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at St. Thomas Law School; and she coordinates Stinson-Minneapolis's pro bono appeals program.

Sharon serves on the board of MN Adopt.

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Publications

"Reducing Your Exposure in the Next Economic Downturn," The Missouri Banker, September 2019

Recognitions

Recognitions

Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorney, 2020

Recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2018 - 2020

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

MN Adopt, Board Member

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Minnesota Law Review, Editor
  • Order of the Coif

St. Olaf College, B.A., Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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