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Jeffrey C. Sharer

Sidley Austin LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Jeffrey Sharer concentrates in litigation and SEC and PCAOB enforcement work on behalf of accounting firms and their members. He has substantial experience in complex litigation, including numerous class actions as well as shareholder derivative and individual claims, and has handled cases throughout the country involving allegations of securities fraud and common law fraud, claims of professional negligence, claims by liquidating trusts and similar entities, and other claims charging professional liability against accounting firms and their members, often obtaining dismissal or similarly favorable outcomes on behalf of his clients. Mr. Sharer also has represented other corporations and professional services firms in a variety of other complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. Finally, Mr. Sharer has substantial experience representing accounting firms and other parties in state and federal appellate proceedings and has obtained several published opinions favorable to his clients in such matters.

Mr. Sharer also has substantial experience representing accounting firms and individuals in SEC and PCAOB investigations and enforcement proceedings. Recent engagements of this sort have included representation of a major accounting firm in an SEC investigation involving a large manufacturing company, as well as representations of the other accounting firms and individual members of such firms in investigations by the SEC and PCAOB involving companies in the financial services, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Finally, Mr. Sharer is a member of Sidley's Electronic Discovery Task Force and of the Sedona Conference, the nation's leading nonpartisan law and policy think tank in the area of electronic discovery. In his role on Sidley's ED Task Force, Mr. Sharer has made presentations both internally and to clients of the firm on the subject of electronic discovery and frequently counsels clients in the areas of preservation, collection, review, and production of email and other electronically stored information in both litigation and non-litigation contexts.


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