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Sharon Israel

Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Sharon Israel focuses her practice on intellectual property law with an emphasis in patent litigation, opinion work, and client counseling. Sharon has acted as counsel in intellectual property cases before district and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. She has litigated patents relating to a variety of technologies, including cellular communications systems and devices, oilfield equipment, consumer electronics, chemical compositions, and medical devices, among others. Sharon also is a member of Mayer Brown’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice.

Chambers USA (2010) describes Sharon as “a savvy patent attorney who is experienced, practical and tenacious,”  “incredibly intelligent and savvy attorney” (2009), “. . . highly professional, very smart and hard working . . . great at focusing on the real issues” (2007), and asserts that she “…has earned a name as ‘highly responsive and outstanding . . .'” (2006).   Reflecting high regard for her IP litigation skills, previous editions of Chambers USA have noted that she “attracts market praise for her ‘superior performance’ in litigating IP matters” (2005), and cited clients’ praise for being “‘terrific’ [and] making a name for herself, especially in patent litigation” (2004).  Sharon has also been selected by her peers for recognition by Texas SuperLawyers® (2003 to date), including being named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas (2008 and 2009) and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Houston (2009), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.   In 2010, she received the President’s Outstanding Service Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2005 she received the President’s Award from the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.

Sharon is a frequent speaker on patent-related topics, and serves in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including serving as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section, and on the Board of Directors for the Federal Circuit Bar Association.  She also has had leadership positions with the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section.   Before joining Mayer Brown in 2005, Sharon practiced with two other national law firms. Following law school graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan D. Lourie, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Adding a practical focus to her IP practice, Sharon was an engineer with General Electric Company before entering law school.

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