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Shailee Diwanji Sharma is a litigator who focuses her practice on high stakes commercial and mass tort litigation. Ms. Sharma has experience in the various stages of litigation, including development of case strategy, dispositive motions, large scale electronic and document discovery, expert discovery, discovery disputes, and depositions. As a member of multiple trial teams, she has prepared expert and fact witnesses for trial, and second chaired witness examinations at trial. She has also played significant roles in investigations by federal agencies and independent investigations commissioned by boards of directors.

Ms. Sharma is committed to helping her clients solve novel and complex legal problems creatively, cost-effectively, and discretely, whether by litigation, counseling, or negotiation.

Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

  • Counsel for a major pharmaceutical distributor in a series of lawsuits brought by municipal, county, and state governments alleging that the company contributed to a national epidemic of opioid addiction.
  • Counsel to a national online retailer/marketplace leader in novel state sales tax litigation currently pending before an administrative law court.
  • Counsel to a leading financial institution in MDL antitrust litigation involving U.S. Treasury securities.
  • Successfully represented the nation’s pre-eminent energy resource provider in a dispute with the purchaser of those resources. The matter settled favorably after three days of arbitration.
  • Successfully represented a major pharmaceutical company in the damages phase of Hatch-Waxman litigation. The matter settled favorably on the eve of trial.
  • Successfully represented a major record industry client in a breach of contract claim concerning royalties owed for digital downloads under legacy recording agreements.
  • Successfully represented a major record industry client in a recording contract dispute concerning royalties owed for streaming.

White Collar Defense and Investigations

  • Counsel to a major financial services firm in two SEC fraud investigations.
  • Defended a senior executive of a public company in an SEC insider trading investigations. The SEC declined to prosecute.
  • Conducted independent investigation of sexual misconduct for a prominent educational institution.

Pro Bono

  • Filed an amicus brief on behalf of family law professors in an appeal challenging the detention of and removal proceedings against an individual born overseas to a non-citizen mother married to an American citizen, but where the American citizen parent was not biologically related to the individual. The court cited the amicus brief favorably in ordering the immediate release from detention of and termination of removal proceedings against a U.S. citizen.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a former inmate in Federal Torts Claims Act litigation against the Bureau of Prisons. Preliminary research indicated that plaintiffs in similar cases were often awarded no monetary damages even where courts found the Bureau of Prisons or its state equivalents liable.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a street vendor in a Section 1983 action against the City of New York.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Council, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder and Attorney Mentor
  • Legal Outreach Program, Attorney Mentor (2014-2018)

Previous Experience

  • Secondment at Goldman Sachs in its Financial Crime Compliance Department (2015-2016)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Andrew L. Carter, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2013-2014)
  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Abdul K. Kallon, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (2011)