In every aspect of her practice, client service is Sharon’s top priority. She seeks swift results always keeping her client’s goals top of mind.
A practical and experienced litigator, Sharon represents businesses in commercial disputes where she has a robust employment practice in addition to a class action defense practice. She effectively 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, insurers, privately- and publicly-held corporations, municipalities, small businesses and technology start-ups and international companies. She litigates commercial disputes including class action defense in both the employment and insurance contexts, real estate and title-related litigation, 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 trade secret theft, 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.
Sharon has helped her clients defeat “actual cash value” class action claims in addition to defeating and limiting exposure to wage and hour misclassification and overtime class action disputes.
She has obtained injunctions to stop trade secret and confidential information theft on an expedient basis and understands the necessity to move quickly and effectively.
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 and trains human resources professionals on employment and labor law issues and compliance.
Sharon has experience in high level and sensitive employment investigations and 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 has served as a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona and is the Vice Chair of the Arizona State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Rules committee.
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.
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Panelist, "Checking in on the 2017 and 2018 Changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure: A Practical Guide for Civil Practitioners," State Bar of Arizona CLE, January 2020
Co-presenter, "Not in My Office: Confronting Workplace Harassment and Bullying," National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA) Conference, November 2019
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
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
Practices & Industries
- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- Hualapai Tribal Court, 2008, 2014-2015
- Fort Mojave Tribal Court, 2010
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)