In every aspect of her practice, client service is Sharon’s top priority. She stays by her client’s side through each step of the litigation process.

Overview

A practical and experienced litigator, Sharon represents businesses as plaintiffs or defendants in commercial disputes. She vigorously defends employers in workplace disputes and provides hands-on guidance in employment and labor law to human resource professionals.

Sharon focuses on complex commercial and civil litigation for major financial institutions, privately- and publicly-held corporations, municipalities, small businesses and technology start-ups and international companies. She litigates commercial disputes including breach of contract actions concerning employment and non-compete agreements, restrictive covenants or other professional services agreements, and business torts. Sharon also handles labor and employment business litigation concerning wrongful termination, Title VII, ADA, and ADEA discrimination as well as wage and hour and misclassification disputes. She has strong experience representing tribal governments and tribally-owned organizations in the Southwest, and chairs the firm’s Tribal Law and Governance practice.

Experience

Sharon handles a variety of commercial disputes, including breach of contract actions concerning employment and non-compete agreements, real estate, promissory notes, deeds of trust, other security agreements, guaranties and professional services agreements. She knows how to obtain preliminary injunctions, provisional remedies and successfully enforce judgments on behalf of her clients, and has extensive knowledge about receivership and commercial forcible entry and detainer.

Sharon’s experience also includes tort-related business disputes, including tortious interference with business expectancies, negligence and related claims.

In an effort to preempt litigation, Sharon counsels human resources professionals on employment and labor law issues and compliance.

Sharon has experience in representing legislative bodies and key witnesses with respect to independent investigations of individual legislative members.

She represents clients in Arizona state and federal court and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and other arbitral forums, and has experience representing clients in appellate matters before the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Sharon counsels clients about feasible ways in which to engage in business on tribal land in order to promote beneficial economic relationships.

Sharon holds Tribal Human Resource Professional certification through the National Native American Human Resources Association and regularly presents on emerging topics in this area.

Prior to joining the firm, Sharon developed her legal skills as a judicial law clerk for Judge John C. Gemmill (ret.), Arizona Court of Appeals Division.

Sharon is a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona and a member of the Arizona State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Rules committee where she has chaired various subcommittees.

This prioritization of diversity and inclusion is a part of Sharon's professional development and community building. She is a Board member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association where she has chaired subcommittees to develop programming to increase diversity and inclusion within the Arizona legal community. She also serves as the firm's co-chair of the Attorneys of Color Employee Resource Group.

Sharon believes in service to her community. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer and judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona. CASAs are appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Co-presenter, "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: How the 2017 and 2018 Civil Rules Changes are Impacting Litigation," State Bar of Arizona CLE, January 2019

Co-presenter, “The Law of the Land: Recent Legal Decisions & Hot Topics Affecting Tribal Employers,” The 2018 REDW Tribal Finance & Leadership Conference, November 2018

National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA) annual conference at the Arizona Grand September 2018

  • September 2018, panelist, "Native American Labor & Employment Law Updates"
  • September 2018, panelist, "Conflicts of Law: What To Do When Federal Agencies Come Knocking"
  • September 2018, panelist, "Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace"

Presenter, "Washington Update: Impacts of the Trump Era on Indian Country," REDW Tribal Finance & Leadership Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 2017

Presenter, "Importance of Job Descriptions" and "Tribal Law Update," National Native American Human Resources Association Annual Conference, Cherokee, North Carolina, September 2017

Moderator, “Running for Public Office 101: Your Hands-On Guide to Public Office,” Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders 3rd Annual Dynamics of Leadership Conference, Chandler, AZ, July 2017

Panelist, "Navigating Generational Shift & Millennials in the Workforce," Legalweek West, San Francisco, California, June 2017

Presenter, "New Challenges for HR in 2017 and Tribal Law Update," Stinson Leonard Street HR Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona, February 2017

Panelist, "Labor and Employment Law Changes: How Will This Impact Sovereign Immunity?" REDW Tribal Finance & Leader Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, November 2015

Panelist, "Go Green, Save Green," Arizona State Bar Convention, Tucson, Arizona, June 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Southwest Rising Stars©, Business Litigation, 2014-2017

Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders 2015 Corporate Leader Award

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Arizona Asian American Bar Association

  • Board Member

Arizona State Bar Association

  • Civil Practice & Procedure Committee, Vice-Chair
  • Council on Minorities and Women in the Law, Past Chair
  • Young Lawyers' Division, Past President
  • Task Force on Sustainability (sunsetted), CLE Chair

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona

  • Judge Pro Tem

Texas State Bar Association

Parent Partnership Group

  • Bright Horizons Family Center

Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • Hualapai Tribal Court, 2008, 2014-2015
  • Fort Mojave Tribal Court, 2010

Education

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J.D., cum laude

  • Jurimetrics, the Journal of Law, Science, and Technology

University of Arizona, B.A., English, Minor – French, summa cum laude,

Tribal Human Resources Certified (THRP Certified, 2018)

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