Sharon Nelles

Sharon Nelles, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Litigation Group and member of the Firm’s Management Committee, represents global companies and financial institutions and their boards in every aspect of 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 matters related to the Volkswagen diesel scandal, Goldman Sachs Malaysia and #MeToo workplace investigations.

Ms. Nelles has represented such clients as Moody’s and JPMorgan Chase in managing the fallout of the subprime mortgage crisis. She has done consumer litigation for Volkswagen, Microsoft and Diageo. She has tried cases in 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, the Federal Trade Commission, HUD, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and several state attorneys general.

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

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

  • Member, The American Law Institute
  • Board of Directors, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert
  • Board of Directors, National Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Trustee, Jewish Theological Seminary

Rankings and Recognitions


  • The American Lawyer – “Litigator of the Year” (October 2019)
  • The American Lawyer – “Litigator of the Week” (October 30, 2014 and January 11, 2019)
  • Law360 – Transportation MVP (2018); Securities MVP (2019)
  • Euromoney’s Best of the Best USA Expert Guides – recognized as one of the “Top 30 Litigators” in the United States (2019)
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation – recognized as one of the “Top 10 Women in Litigation” (2017-2019), a “National Practice Area Star in Antitrust” (2019-2020), a “Local Litigation Star in New York” (2014-2020) and one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation in New York” (2014-2019)
  • Crain’s – “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America – Banking & Finance (2018-2019)
  • The National Law Journal – “Litigation Trailblazer” (November 2016)
  • New York Law Journal – “Top Women in Law” (September 2016)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – recognized as a leading lawyer in Antitrust (2007-2010)
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended Lawyer for General Commercial Disputes (2016-2018)
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended Lawyer for International Litigation (2018)
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended Lawyer for Financial Services: Litigation (2013-2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended Lawyer for White Collar Criminal Defense (2011)
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended Lawyer for Antitrust Litigation (2007-2009)
  • Lawdragon 500 – selected as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America” (2009-2012; 2019)
  • The American Lawyer – selected as one of “The Young Litigators Fab 50” – 50 litigators under 45 who are expected to be “leading the field for years to come” (January 1, 2007)


  • Best Lawyers in America – Securities (2018-2019)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – recognized in Nationwide – Securities: Litigation (2014-2017) and New York – Litigation: Securities (2014-2019)
  • Law360 – “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” (April 2016)
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation – recognized as a “Top 10 Practitioners in Securities” (2017) and a “National Litigation Star in Securities” (2014-2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended Lawyer for Securities Litigation (2010-2016, 2018); Recognized as a Leading Lawyer for Securities Litigation (2018)