Dena Sharp is a problem solver who gets results for her clients in even the most complex litigation. She currently serves as court-appointed co-lead counsel in various matters including the In re Juul Labs Inc. multidistrict litigation and In re Xyrem Antitrust Litigation. Dena also serves as counsel in the massive In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation.
Dena tries cases. In a first-of-its-kind jury trial, Dena represented clients whose eggs and embryos were compromised by a freezer tank failure at a fertility center. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a $15 million jury verdict. And in May 2023, Dena was one of four lead trial counsel to present to a jury RICO and nuisance claims brought by San Francisco Unified School District against tobacco giant Altria (fka Philip Morris). After Dena and the team put on the school district’s case-in-chief, Altria settled the entire MDL for $235 million.
Outside the courtroom, Dena is the current chair of the board of directors for the Impact Fund, a public interest nonprofit. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and sits on the board of advisors for the Center for Litigation and the Courts at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco. Dena has co-authored a chapter in the ABA’s “Class Action Strategy and Practice Guide,” and the widely-cited Sedona Principles: Best Practices and Principles for Electronic Document Production (Third Edition).
Dena was recognized as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in San Francisco for Plaintiffs’ Mass Tort / Class Action Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, and was selected as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” by Law360 in April 2023. The National Law Journal has three times recognized Dena as an “Elite Woman of the Plaintiffs’ Bar,” honoring her as one of only a handful of lawyers nationwide who has “consistently excelled in high-stakes matters on behalf of plaintiffs” over the course of her career. She’s been named one of the “Top Antitrust Lawyers in California” and “Top Women Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal. In 2022, Dena was selected as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California, and since 2020 she has been recognized by San Francisco magazine as one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Northern California.”
Dena is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, and earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude. A first-generation American, Dena is fluent in Spanish and German.
The Global Class Actions and Mass Torts Conference is a prestigious international event that focuses on the concept of collective redress, which refers to legal mechanisms that allow a large group of individuals who have suffered similar harm or injury to pursue their claims together as a single entity.