Dena Sharp simplifies even the hardest issues in complex litigation. She currently serves as co-lead counsel in the In re Juul Labs Inc. multidistrict litigation. She also serves as co-lead counsel in the In re Restasis Antitrust Litigation and In re Humira Antitrust Litigation matters, and as a member of the End-Payer Steering Committee in In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation. In addition, Dena currently represents clients of a fertility center whose eggs and embryos were compromised by a freezer tank malfunction.
As co-lead counsel in In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation, a “pay-for delay” antitrust case that settled for $104.75 million on the eve of trial, Dena worked with her team to win class certification, defeat summary judgment, and obtain the largest recovery for a class of end-payers in similar federal litigation in more than a decade. She has also played a key role in a variety of other high-profile cases, including representing investors in litigation arising from Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy and in matters involving Ponzi schemes and accounting fraud.
Outside the courtroom, Dena serves the legal community as co-chair and faculty member of the annual Judicial Training Symposium for Federal Judges, hosted by the Federal Judicial Center and Electronic Discovery Institute; on the board of directors of the Impact Fund, a public interest nonprofit; and as vice chair of the Advisory Council for the Duke Law School Center for Judicial Studies. Dena is a co-author of the widely-cited Sedona Principles: Best Practices and Principles for Electronic Document Production (Third Edition). She is an editor of the Duke Law Proportionality Guidelines and Best Practices, and co-author of a chapter in the ABA’s “Class Action Strategy and Practice Guide.” In 2018, Dena was elected to the American Law Institute.
The National Law Journal has recognized Dena as an “Elite Woman of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” for two consecutive years, 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. Dena has also been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer or Rising Star every year since 2009.
Dena is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and received the Best Oral Advocate and Witkin awards. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University. During law school, Dena externed for the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton of the Northern District of California, and the Honorable John E. Munter of the San Francisco Superior Court. A first-generation American, Dena is fluent in Spanish and German.