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Sharon M. Erwin, L.L.C.
CURRICULUM VITAE

CAREER SUMMARY

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating.

Broad-based, varied trial and litigation management practice with emphasis in employment and information technology litigation, and alternative dispute resolution; practice also includes arts-related and non-profit law, insurance and commercial litigation.

Federal and state jury and non-jury trial and litigation, including before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey; Courts of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Lackawanna, Lehigh and Bucks Counties; New Jersey Superior Court and California Superior Court of Alameda County.

Federal and state appellate experience, including briefing and/or argument before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts, and California and Michigan appellate courts.

Alternative Dispute Resolution experience, including arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, and federal and state arbitration and mediation programs.

Appearances before administrative agencies include Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; New Jersey Civil Rights Commission; Philadelphia License and Inspection Review Board; Philadelphia Historical Commission; Philadelphia Art Commission; Pennsylvania State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Sales Persons, and Pennsylvania Board of Finance and Revenue.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Principal
Law Offices of Sharon M. Erwin, L.L.C., Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, 1998 to date

Employment litigation including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, state law claims, ERISA and wrongful discharge cases; employment counseling and advice, including issues concerning employee handbooks and manuals, severance agreements, workplace violence; investigation of claims of harassment and discrimination; information technology disputes (litigation and alternative dispute resolution); advice and counseling in connection with employment, healthcare and e-commerce privacy issues, web development and licensing agreements and disputes; arts-related law, including public art commissions, donations and licensing, and counseling foundations and cultural and arts-related nonprofits; general commercial and insurance litigation. Also Special Counsel to the firm of Biddle & Colletti, P.C. from 1998 to 2001, generally on information technology disputes and litigation, as well as employment matters.

Adjunct Professor
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002 to date
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts' Arts Management and the Law, Arts Administration Graduate Program.

Principal
Gollatz Griffin & Ewing, P.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987 to 1997

Employment litigation including Title VII, ADA, ADEA and wrongful discharge cases; responsible for products liability defense of major petrochemical manufacturer and distributor; products liability defense (aviation and toxic tort); commercial/technology-related litigation.

Litigation management experience included oversight of approximately 10,000 asbestos-related cases filed against an insulation contracting company in the Pacific Northwest, California, Virginia, West Virginia, Alaska, Nevada, Michigan, North and South Dakota, and North and South Carolina; responsibilities included supervision of regional and local counsel, settlement strategy and authority, trial decisions, drafting and approving significant briefs and motions; review of local counsel bills.

Associate
Dechert Price & Rhoads, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1981 to 1987

Litigation Associate: General tort and commercial litigation with emphasis on mass tort, libel law, general labor and employment law, and medical malpractice.

LEGAL EDUCATION

J.D. with Honors, Temple University School of Law, 1981
HONORS:Law Review, 1979-1981
Associate Articles Editor, 1980 to 1981

Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law, Cornell Law School and Université de Paris I (Pantheon Sorbonne), 1997

SELECTED CONTINUING STUDIES

  • Certificat Pratique, mention bien, La Chambre du Commerce et de l’Industrie de Paris, June 1995
  • National Employment Law Institute, Advanced Employment Law Briefing, Spring 1995 (25 credits)
  • Academy of Trial Advocacy, Villanova School of Law, Summer 1987

UNDERGRADUATE

B.A., Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, Graduated Cum Laude, 1978

Institut d’Études Françaises d’Avignon, under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College, Avignon, France, Summer 1977

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

American Bar Association (1991 to date)

Member, Editorial Board of The Health Lawyer of the ABA Health Law Section (2000 to date); e-Health and Privacy Interest Group Member, Employment and Labor Section; Member, Technology Committee
Member, Litigation Section; Member Computer and Internet Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Committees
Past Vice Chair of Aviation Law Committee of Litigation Section

International Association of Women in Aviation (1993 to date)

Past Director-at-Large of Board of Directors

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (elected 2005)

Philadelphia Bar Association (1981 to date), past chair of Aviation Law Committee; Member, State Civil Rules & Procedures Committee, Labor and Employment Committee, Federal Courts Committee

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • 2005 Outstanding Volunteer Services Award, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Judge Pro Tempore (1996 to 1998) and Settlement Master (1995-1996), Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Member (1985 to date) and Past Officer of Board of Directors; Volunteer Attorney (1981 to date)
  • Mum Puppettheatre, Member, Board of Directors (2004 to date)
  • Independence Hall Association, Member, Board of Directors (1998 to 2003)
  • InterAct Theatre Company, Member, Board of Directors (1987 to 1999), Past Chair of Board of Directors (1997 - 1999)

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