Biography

As an experienced litigation paralegal, Sharon has participated in civil trials throughout New England, New York, and Florida, in cases involving complex personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice defense, qui tam, and whistleblower actions.

Sharon works directly with the trial team in all aspects of the case, from initial analyses of issues through trial strategies and presentation, and appeals. She assists with factual investigation, expert witness interviews, medical analyses and research, witness examinations, drafting pleadings and discovery responses, designing demonstrative exhibits, and jury selection and trial. She has assisted with "parachute" cases involving catastrophic losses, in which the firm became involved weeks before trial.

Sharon graduated from the University of Southern Maine, Paralegal Studies Program. She has prior experience leading and facilitating seminars through the Institute for Paralegal Education and participated on an Maine State Bar Association panel. She has also presented at the firm's Litigation & Trial Group meetings. She previously held positions as the President, Vice President, and Publicity Committee Chairperson for the Maine State Association of Legal Assistants.

Sharon is a Certified Legal Project Manager through the LPM Institute. She is proficient in various litigation and trial presentation software packages, and is qualified as an administrator with Eclipse SE.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Southern Maine

Honors

  • LPM Institute Certified Legal Project Manager

Firm Highlights

Blog

Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

Blog

DOL Proposes New Electronic Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans

Matter

Establishment of Non-Depository Trust for National Company

Verrill served as special counsel to a national firm in the chartering and licensing of a Maine non-depository trust company as the client’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Non-depository trust companies are highly regulated, and the matter...

Publication/Podcast

Building a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

News

Verrill Attorney Elected Secretary of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Executive Board

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was recently elected secretary of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). Smith has been a member of the NWCDN since 2006, and was first...

News

Verrill Welcomes Patent Attorney Dean Phelps

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorney Dean Phelps to the firm’s Boston office. Dean is the fifth patent attorney to join Verrill in the past nine months as the...

Blog

Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

Publication/Podcast

WEBINAR: Home Care Companies - Wage and Hour Differences/Electronic Visit Verification

For this webinar, Verrill's employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's HR Generalist Amanda Bridge discuss serious implications associated with wage and hour differences and electronic visit verification (EVV) for the home care...

Event

Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical Conference and Tradeshow

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and Jim Cohen will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical two-day conference on December 10-20, 2019. The event will focus on offering educational...

Matter

Helping Non-Depository Trust Companies Do Business in Other States

Verrill has helped to form more non-depository trust companies in Maine than any other law firm. We have also helped our trust clients when they look to expand their business into other states. In...