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Sharon L. Nelles

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

Sharon Nelles, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group and member of the Firm’s Managing Partners Committee, represents financial institutions and global companies in the kinds of high-profile, critical company matters that implicate not only civil litigation but also related regulatory, congressional and criminal investigations and enforcement actions. She is currently active in many matters arising from the subprime mortgage crisis.

Ms. Nelles has represented such clients as Moody’s, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft and Diageo in class action and other complex litigation, including the Microsoft indirect purchaser cases, the JPMorgan Chase/Bank One merger litigations and the Goldman Sachs mutual funds fee disputes. She has tried cases in the state and federal courts on behalf of such clients as Microsoft, Eastman Kodak Company and General Bank, and has represented prominent firms and individuals in proceedings before the Department of Justice, the United States Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several state attorneys general.

Ms. Nelles frequently conducts investigations for corporate clients, special committees and boards of directors.

Selected Professional Activities and Community Involvement

Ms. Nelles  is the Co-President of the Board of Directors of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA), and sits on the Board of Directors for Her Justice.  She is on the Leadership Board for Out in Law and is a member of the Resource Board for the National Association of Women Judges.

Selected Rankings and Recognitions

  • Euromoney’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – cited as a leading practitioner in Litigation (2009-2014) and as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in New York (2014)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – recognized in Nationwide - Securities: Litigation (2014) and New York - Litigation: Securities (2014)
  • The Legal 500 United States, Volume 3: Litigation – Recommended Lawyer for Securities: Shareholder Litigation (2010-2014)
  • The Legal 500 United States, Volume 3: Financial Services – Recommended Lawyer for Financial Services: Litigation (2013, 2014)
  • Euromoney's Americas Women in Business Law Awards: Best in Financial Regulation (2014)
  • New York Super Lawyers (Metro Edition) – recognized as a leading lawyer in Securities, Antitrust and Criminal Defense: White Collar Litigation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)


1993, Boston College Law School, J.D.
1990, New York University, M.A.
1987, Mount Holyoke College, A.B.                                  




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