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Shari L. Klevens

Dentons US LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Shari Klevens is the co-chair of the global Insurance sector team. She is also a member of the Firm's leadership team, serving on its US board of directors. Additionally, Shari is active in Dentons' women's initiative and served as chair of the legacy McKenna Long & Aldridge Women’s Steering Committee.

She is a lawyer to whom clients turn when they need an aggressive but practical approach to difficult matters, and her clients rely on her to create and implement an successful strategy, whether they are bringing, defending or avoiding litigation.

Professional liability

Shari represents lawyers and law firms in the defense of legal malpractice claims and advises and counsels lawyers concerning allegations of malpractice, ethical violations and breaches of duty. In addition, Shari handles other professional negligence claims, such as those involving accountants, engineers, financial planners, insurance brokers, real estate professionals, travel agents and others.

In addition, Shari counsels lawyers and law firms on an array of ethical and business issues arising from practice management, evaluation and pursuit of merger opportunities, law firm acquisitions and law firm restructuring. Lawyers and law firms often engage Shari to review and provide advice on their internal systems and agreements (such as partnership agreements, engagement letters and internal policies) for legal sufficiency, preservation of privilege, compliance with ethical obligations and usefulness in claim prevention. Shari also provides advice regarding lawyers transitioning from law partnerships, including providing guidance regarding contractual and ethical obligations to firm partnerships and to clients, crafting transition plans and identifying potential ethical and legal issues.

In light of her broad experience in professional negligence claims, Shari is a frequent writer and lecturer on issues related to legal malpractice and ethics and is regularly interviewed and quoted by the media on these issues. She co-authored Georgia Legal Malpractice Law and California Legal Malpractice Law, which address the intricacies and nuances of legal malpractice law and issues that confront the new millennium lawyer. She also co-authored The Lawyer's Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance, an easy-to-use desk reference offering practical solutions to real problems in the modern law practice for attorneys throughout the United States. In 2016, Shari was appointed to chair the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability. In 2015, Shari received the Corporate LiveWire Global Award in the area of Professional Negligence.

Insurance

Shari also represents and counsels insurance companies in coverage disputes and litigates high-exposure insurance bad faith cases. As a result of that work, Shari and several of her colleagues were named the Daily Report’s Insurance Litigation Department of the Year for 2012.

Shari regularly represents insurance companies in complex insurance coverage actions in state and federal courts across the country. She has handled a number of very high exposure coverage and bad faith insurance lawsuits, including a case in 2014 arising from a US$284 million jury trial verdict, which Shari and her team successfully resolved on behalf of the insurance company. She also has extensive experience defending insurance companies in litigation matters involving “set ups,” and regularly counsels her insurance company clients on how to navigate complicated coverage issues and avoid claims for bad faith.

Shari has successfully litigated other complex commercial cases in state and federal courts across the country in areas such as business tort disputes, conspiracy, fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) cases, breach of contract actions, intellectual property infringement, trade secrets cases and appeals. She also represents clients in connection with trademark and copyright infringement on the Internet and other issues regarding the protection of intellectual property rights.

Shari is highly committed to pro bono and public service. She has represented clients in a variety of pro bono matters, including domestic and housing issues. In 2008, she received McKenna Long & Aldridge’s annual Pro Bono and Community Service Award. Additionally, she was featured on the cover of Arlington Magazine’s November/December 2012 issue for her extraordinary commitment to charitable causes and was profiled in the article "Why We Give, Inside the Hearts and Minds of Local Altruists." In addition, in spring 2013, Shari received an Outstanding Leader Award from the Girl Scout Council for the Nation’s Capital.

RECOGNITION

In the Media

Areas of focus

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Law Firms
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Trademarks
  • White Collar and Government Investigations

Education

George Washington University School of Law, 1999, JD, with honors

University of Maryland, 1995, BS, cum laude

University of Maryland, 1995, BA, cum laude

Admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Georgia

Virginia

Supreme Court of Georgia

Supreme Court of the United States

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

US District Court for the District of Columbia

US District Court for the District of Maryland

US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Shari L. Klevens is associated with the following items:
Live Audio Webcast  Live Audio Webcast Playing Well with Others: The Necessity of Professionalism Among Lawyers, Tuesday, January 09, 2018
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