Sharon Nelles, Managing Partner of the Firm's Litigation Group and a member of the Firm's Management Committee, represents global companies and financial institutions and their boards in every aspect of critical company matters that implicate not only civil litigation but also related regulatory, congressional and criminal investigations and enforcement actions.
Ms. Nelles has represented such clients as Moody's and JPMorgan Chase in managing the fallout of the subprime mortgage crisis. She has handled consumer litigation for Volkswagen, Microsoft and Diageo. She has tried cases in state and federal courts and has represented prominent firms and individuals in proceedings before the Department of Justice, the United States Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, HUD, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and state attorneys general. Ms. Nelles frequently conducts workplace investigations and investigations for corporate clients, special committees and boards of directors.
Ms. Nelles also serves as president-elect of the board of the Federal Bar Council, an organization of lawyers who practice in federal courts within the Second Circuit, which promotes excellence in federal practice and fellowship among federal practitioners.
Ms. Nelles has been recognized as a leading practitioner by industry publications, including in recent years as "Litigator of the Year" by The American Lawyer, an "MVP" for Securities by Law360, one of the "Top 10 Women in Litigation" by Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, and a "Litigation Trailblazer" by The National Law Journal. In 2019, the New York State Bar Association presented her with the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence for her distinguished career in New York courts and for her commitment to mentoring young lawyers in the legal community.
She is a member of the board of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert and formerly served on the board of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Ms. Nelles earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School, M.A. from New York University and A.B. from Mount Holyoke College. She served as a law clerk for The Honorable Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.