Sharon handles a variety of labor and employment matters, including assisting clients with employee engagement and retention, as well as workforce reductions. She works with clients to draft employee handbooks and personnel policies, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, and separation agreements. Sharon also defends businesses against employee lawsuits, representing and advising employers in a variety of matters, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour disputes. With an uncompromising commitment to the needs of her clients, Sharon efficiently develops practical options to meet client goals.
Before joining Payne & Fears, Sharon was an associate in the Los Angeles office of a major national law firm, practicing in labor and employment litigation and counseling, and complex commercial litigation.
Sharon is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she was honored for her written and oral advocacy skills as part of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine, Sharon was a cultural and political community organizer. As a campus leader, she worked with university administration, professors and students to implement positive changes and protections for future students of all backgrounds, including the UC Regents' "Statement of Principles Against Intolerance."
Sharon is an Orange County native, and enjoys art and painting, searching for the No. 1 brunch spot, going to the beach, and watching Seinfeld.